Ask a Mexican on Mexico's Bottom-Rung First World Status and the Nation's Own Manifest Destiny

Mexico is truly an amazing, beautiful country! Huge oil reserves, mineral deposits second to none, tourist potential unparalleled! God gave Mexico every possible advantage. And yet the Mexicans, in all their wisdom and intellect, have turned it into a backwater, undeveloped narco-ruled Third World cesspool of corruption and poverty. How were you able to achieve such an accomplishment? Are you and other Mexicans just that stupid? I mean, really! How could you take such potential and turn it into a steaming pile of dung? Mexico should have a GDP rivaling any civilized country, but it remains a shithole to a level rarely seen outside of impoverished Africa. It seems to me that, like locusts, you ruined your own country and are now moving on to our fertile ground with nothing more to offer than knocked-up teenagers, gangbangers, illiterate generations, drug warfare, killings, and kidnappings, with a generous dose of arrogance. Firstly, how can a people totally piss away such potential? Secondly: with that track record, why should Americans expect you to achieve anything greater here in the States?
Someone Who Sees You for What You Are — Failures!

Gracias for your amazing insights. You're a funny guy, and by "funny" I mean "drunk off your cabeza." Mexico, a Third World country? I established last year that Mexico is firmly in the bottom rung of the First World, thank you very mucho. Mexico, not possessing a high GDP? Ranked 14th last year, behind Australia but ahead of South Korea — and that's not including our narco profits. Mexico, undeveloped? You obviously think Mexican skyscrapers are limited to saguaro cactuses and Aztec pyramids. Mexicans, piss away such potential? Sure, we can always improve, but I think Americans are hardly in a place to criticize given our self-made Great Recession. Mexicans, locusts? We're cockroaches, silly! And finally: Mexicans, achieve anything greater in el Norte? Already doing that — and if you don't believe me, talk to all those undocumented college students that graduate every year from college, pinche puto pendejo baboso.

It seems the Reconquista is simply just the 21st-century version of Mexico's Manifest Destiny, complete with the 21st century's version of the white man's burden. Aren't those who support the Reconquista just saying that it's Mexico's Manifest Destiny to re-conquer America?
Neither a Xenophobe nor Hegemonist Be

Key difference is that the United States never previously possessed the lands it forcibly took from Plymouth Rock to Tacoma, while Mexicans at least at one point occupied the American Southwest. At least we have a justifiable excuse for taking back what was ours; y'all were just unashamed thieves in stealing from the Indians and nosotros. But gracias for asking!

I've been living in California my entire life. I'm the grandson of Eastern European immigrants, and quite frankly? There is no proof that my family came here legally. Furthermore, all evidence points to the contrary. It was before World War II, and my family has no documentation of entry whatsoever. Half of my friends are Latino, my ex-wife is Mexican. Hell, my scoutmaster was a third-generation Mexican-American cop when I was a kid, and it doesn't get much more patriotic than the freaking Boy Scouts. I know the awesome family that owns my local taquería better than I know my own, and hell, I don't even call it "Mexican" food any more. I call it "Wednesday."

Point being? I am a pale-assed, white (and possibly illegal) resident, and I'm sick to death of the hypocrisy, racism and vitriol directed at my Mexican friends and family. So sick, in fact, that if Congress repeals the anchor-baby amendment I will voluntarily hand over my own citizenship. What the hell does "citizenship" even mean anymore if we're going to taint it like this? We should all be ashamed.
Thanks for Letting Me Vent

Gracias for reminding my readers that today's gabachos were yesterday's illegals, and that not all of today's gabachos hate Mexicans — just a chingo of them.

 
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riley
riley

America love it or leave it!! Apparently both legal and illegal Mexicans love it here and don't plan to leave.If they get deported how much time do you think it will take to walk across the border back again.When Mexico lost the war the land stayed right where it has always been.The U.S. did not put it in its pocket and walk away with it. When Mexico sold half of what is now the USA it was occupied by the U.S. Army.. Of course it sold the land wouldn't you if guns were pointed at you? But still Mexicans don't hold grudges they just a piece of the American pie.

Nacho
Nacho

1- Pues queridisimo Sr. Arellano, creo que necesita usted vivir en Mexico para darse cuenta que en verdad si es un pais tercermundista. Ya esta igual que esos "know-nothing" que usted menciona seguido en sus columnas. 2- Seria interesante saber de donde obtuvo la informacion del "high GDP" y de ser cierto lo mas seguro es que solo algunas familias gozan de fortunas. Como antes de la Revolucion Mexicana, se acuerda? 3- Y aunque usted no lo admita, el pais si esta "undeveloped". Compare como, Porfirio Diaz celebro el centenario de la Independecia, y como se celebro el bi-centenario (http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/.... 4- Y una gran mayoria de los mexicanos si hacemos "piss away potential". Cuando nuestros jovenes con mentes brillantes se tienen que ir a estudiar a otros paises, en la mayoria de los casos para solamente volver a visitar al paiz(graduados universitarios indocumentados en EE.UU). Desafortunadamente en Mexico somos felices con un partido mediocre de futbol, o una historia repetida de telenovela. Yo creo y propongo que para que Mexico salga adelante como paiz, es necesario promover la educacion academica....

Mistalee
Mistalee

And again we are rehashing the goings on since 1491.

Come to the southwest! Bienvenido! But as friends. And let us lay aside the bullshit rhetoric on both sides. If you are mestizo you are a descendant of the conquerors and the conquered. Most of us "gabachos" are mestizo, in truth, just a different mix, other conquerors, other conquered, but even if you are Irish or English or German or French you can hop in your wayback machine and find that you are a child of the conquerors and the conquered, assimilated into the conqueror culture. And that the conquered had their similarities, culturally, with indigenous peoples of the "new world."

It is the conqueror CULTURE which sucks ass. The real adventure is not to take over a piece of real estate; if that is where you are coming from, you have not liberated the prime piece of real estate, which is your MIND. Liberate your head from the conqueror culture and all else follows. Fail to do so, and your so called "struggle" merely apes the actions of your oppressors.

 
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