MISC I DEERS

What The Mexican Govt. Heard

This week a letter came in the mail... It was registered and needed my signature at the post office which of course sent a ripple through the homestead. Registered mail is always ominous. Not so in this case. Instead it was a pleasant surprise: A note from Juan Carlos Hernandez Wocker, a Mexican diplomatic advisor, regarding The Anta Project ( Full Mex. Text Here ) In the letter Wocker notes: “(President Vicente Fox) appreciates the way in which you intend to transform the meaning of a wall, from its divisive nature, into one of unity.” What struck me about Wocker’s letter, was just how different it was from the one George Bush (or more likely a White House assistant) sent. While both letters are cordial and sparse, the physical letter from Mexico is unpretentious and official. Almost like an interoffice memo. The words however ring true, are personalized and seemingly honest, referring to The Anta Project by name and actually supporting the artistic intention of creating unity instead of division between both countries (What's not to like?) The letter from Bush, on the other hand, is the complete opposite as if viewed through a looking glass darkly. While my Commander In Chief tosses off glib, all purpose text suitable for virtually any occasion ( Full U.S. Text Here ), the paper is thick, lush and tinted the color of light colored toffee. The presidential gold seal is embossed, glossy, glittery, and slightly in danger of becoming ostentatious, not unlike the emblem on the grill of a Cadillac Escalade. Based on the trappings, it is easy to assume Bush’s letter is something of substance. Even the address on the envelope is snazzy, written in the elegant lines of a well-trained, and presumably well-paid calligrapher (Perhaps someone from the Halliburton steno pool?) But at the heart of the feel good eye-candy is a vapid and meaningless generic message. All that’s missing is a smiley face and: “Have a nice day!” No word yet from the Arizona Governor or Canadian Prime Minister. Stay tuned and listen deep...