As a new leader rises to the top of the Zetas — one of Mexico’s most violent and powerful drug cartels — the belief that the situation across America’s southern border could not get any worse has proven to be a failure of imagination. Even by the vicious standards of the cartels, Miguel Angel Treviño Morales stands out as a man described by experts as “extremely brutal, to the point of sadism.” As the Mexican government continues its fifth year of open warfare against the cartels — a war in which 50,000 people have already lost their lives — the rise of Morales to power illustrates a deteriorating situation which seems to drift more and more out of control.

The Education Minister of Ontario, Canada, — a professing Catholic who sends her children to Catholic schools — declared October 10 that the province’s publicly funded Catholic schools may not teach students that abortion is wrong because such teaching amounts to “misogyny,” which is prohibited in schools under a controversial anti-bullying law.

“Taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be considered one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” Laurel Broten said during a press conference.

“Bill 13,” she asserted, “is about tackling misogyny.”

In an address to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Mexican President Felipe Calderón recommends government-enforced redistribution of wealth as the key to preventing the global economic crisis from “becoming a major catastrophe.”

During an interview conducted on September 24 by Carla A. Hills, the co-chairman of the CFR’s board of directors,  Calderón reported that acceptance of this central plank of the socialist economic platform helped his nation successfully avoid an absolute financial crash.

The Canadian Medical Association, the largest association of doctors in Canada, has redefined human life. On August 15, the CMA passed a resolution supporting the notion that a child is not a human being until he is in a living state outside the body of the mother.

While Americans are embroiled in discussions of the various implications of this year’s presidential contest, very few of them are weighing the significance of a presidential election that will take place tomorrow just across the southern border of these United States. The candidates of three major parties are vying for the presidency of Mexico, and no matter which candidate wins, he — or she — will face the task of rebuilding a nation devastated by years of war and economic crisis.