It's unfortunate that Felipe Calderon used the opportunity of addressing the U.S. Congress to give the speech that Democrats wanted to hear, as opposed to the one that they very much needed to hear.
During his presidential campaign in 2006, Calderon told the Mexican people that they faced "a choice between the past and the future." He said:
Moving toward the past would mean nationalization, expropriation, state control of the economy, and authoritarianism, while the future would represent the contrary: privatization, liberalization, market control of the economy, and political freedom.
Had he uttered those words to the U.S. Congress, he would perhaps have been shouted down as -- horror of horrors -- "a Mexican tea partier."