Now that the venerable Borah has introduced a resolution into the Senate demanding an exhaustive senatorial investigation of the persecution of religion in Mexico, it appears that America has again committed a diplomatic blunder by not observing whose toes are being awkwardly tread upon. This characteristic American attitude of interference in Latin-American affairs, many foreign observers agree, is another step in the direction of making us the most cordially hated nation on earth.
A careful examination of the facts leading up to the Borah resolution shows little justification for our attitude. On one hand we openly insult the Mexican Government by senatorial examination of their policy, and on the other hand Ambassador Daniels advances the cause of socialistic education in Mexico by openly commending recent speeches made by the President of Mexico favoring a socialistic State. Mr. Daniels personally is a very charming man. He possesses real gifts as a journalist and a politician, but the situation south of the Rio Grande calls for a genuine diplomat of the highest order, and unfortunately Mr. Daniels is not that. Socialism, the restriction of a free press, the squashing of class rights are not subjects upon which any ambassador representing the American Government should utter public comment, whether laudatory or otherwise. He is there to promote an amiable friendship and understanding between the two countries, not to insult anyone abroad or offend anyone at home. His business is to represent the American form of government and not to give abetment to any other form no matter what his private opinions.
Undoubtedly more harmonious relations could be maintained with the Mexican Government should Mr. Daniels be pushed upstairs--if need be to a seat in the Cabinet or some executive position under the Administration. A cordial, restrained, and tactful man of the type of Dwight Morrow is needed down in Mexico City, an ambassador who can readily adjust himself to the Latin game of international relations and yet retain a warmth of sympathy and understanding of their vexatious problems.