On Defective Culture and Gringo Presidents

The perception that Mexico has a defective culture has come up in your column several times. It's most important to point out the historical differences. The United States was invaded by settlers who came to live here permanently. Mexico was conquered by gold-seeking thugs who wanted to return rich to Spain. The United States received the Protestant work ethic. Mexico received Spanish feudalism and the authoritarian Catholic Church, which discouraged independent thought and dissent. Historically, Mexico has been dominated by a very small, overpowering, land-owning, abusive aristocracy — hence, lots of very poor people (essentially economic slaves) who could never get ahead. That's what the 1910 revolution was all about. Here in the U.S., lots of people could own their own land after the Indian land was commandeered. Is it any wonder that many Mexicans seem to not take as much personal responsibility as gabachos would like? Family mattered more than civic involvement because you could only rely on your family.
Amigo of Aliens

I appreciate your effort, but, without even knowing, you're committing the same sins I rail about constantly! You nailed the economic analysis, but the false dichotomy of Mexicans weighed down by a Catholic-Spanish mindset and, therefore, not as predisposed to wealth, opposed to the rapacious capitalism inherent to the Protestant-English worldview, is as clichéd as a Mexican sleeping underneath a cactus. Mexicans, no personal responsibility? What's immigrating in search of a better life called? Mexicans, no civic involvement? Who do you think booted out the autocratic PRI party after its decades of ruling Mexico — or beat the shit out of the Spaniards in 1810 and American industrialists in 1910? Who beat down Sharron Angle in Nevada? And hate to break it to you, broder, but we aren't the only country in the Americas ruled by abusive elite — and I ain't talking about Guatemala, either.

How come everything Mexican jumps? They got jumping cars, they jump the fence, and Mexican jumping beans.
Confused Gabacho

You forgot the Mexican Hat Dance, lucha libre, the voladores of Papantla (who fling themselves from 100-foot poles), Acapulco's cliff divers, and our preferred way to deal with schoolyard bullies. Answer: a Freudian-Pavlovian response to life after undergoing a childhood of nalgadas.

Can a gringo run for president of Mexico?
Call Me Presidente Pendejo

Sure! Although Article 33 of the Mexican Constitution explicitly prohibits foreigners from running for office, artículo 82 states those eligible for the presidency must be "a Mexican citizen by birth, in full enjoyment of their rights, child of a Mexican father or a Mexican mother and have resided in the country at least 20 years." Article 30 establishes that a Mexican citizen is someone born in Mexico regardless of the citizenship status of their parents, or born outside Mexico to at least one Mexican citizen who attained said citizenship by birth or by naturalization. It's conceivable, then, that a full-blooded gabacho can run for la presidencia of Mexico, but not likely. Although we like our leaders light-skinned, we already got our share of a part-gabacho president in Vicente Fox — and he was as pendejo as his American counterpart, Dubya.

Good Mexican of the week: Daniel Hernández (the reporter, not the Tucson hero) is the reason you're reading this columna. His new book, Down & Delirious in Mexico City, is a dizzying, dazzling collection of essays about his experience in la mera capirucha. If you want to understand Mexico in all its twisted glory, this tome is a must-read. More information at Daniel's website, danielhernandez.typepad.com.

 
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linkiss
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ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Answer me this Mexican - Is a Spaniard a "Gabacho."?

Jamescrocker66
Jamescrocker66

The Mexican populace needs to shake off the burden of the Catholic aristocracy and work to better their system of government, so they can join the rest of the world in living standards. The corruption throughout their government, is legendary, and needs to come to an abrupt end, and the thieves prosecuted and imprisoned!

Me
Me

Wow! Some of you guys are cruel and I mean on both sides! Anyway, I think that if you continually blame your problems on past history, you will never get ahead. There is no reason Mexico cannot become a great country...it has resources, beauty, a colorful history and kind people. Instead of berating each other, why not work together to solve the real problem which is the drug culture? Both sides have a hand in it. I am of Irish decent and an American but our drug-addicts here are making it impossible for the Mexicans to clean up the drug cartels in their own country. We need solutions, not fingerpointing.

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be*nice
be*nice

Lord have Mercy for some people here that know NOT what they say!!!You are so busy putting down "Mexicans". How could you be so racist! Mexicans only inventing Tacos, burritos; etc. But boy do you LOVE to eat them don't you? You know what I mean....Salsa with chips..."Mexican" coronas, tecate beer, Cinco de Mayo Fiestas. How about the Soccer games that some of your kids play. Shall I continue???

What about all the guys hanging out by the freeway BEGGING for money.....talk about LAZY!! They are NOT Mexicans.....but Angelos, White or whatever you call them. Mexicans did not invent Meth....guess who???

Stop putting them down...WHO MADE YOU SO PERFECT?? I hope you or your family NEVER need a helping hand from a MEXICAN.

Majkumajku
Majkumajku

wow!those are some amazing comments!is this all from your vast knowledge of Mexican culture and history?i'd like to see just one of you work the stereo-typical job held by any South American immigrant,and agree to receive the low wages paid by the exploiting company.then you will see how "lazy" these people are.and i hope none of you are Irish;we Irish fought along side of the Mexicans during the revolution.the U.S. military,at the time,treated our ancestors like dogs,gave them below sub-par weaponry,and refused to pay them for their service.the Mexican army offered them the opposite,including land to settle and farm in what is now northern Mexico,as well as the fact that the Irishmen would not wage war against fellow catholics.they fought until the very last minute,and those who were left were given what they were promised by the Mexicans.whereas the Irishmen who stayed with the U.S. army,were left in the dust with nothing to show for their sacrifice.in short,as far as the U.S. was concerned,the Irish were no better than Mexicans,and worse than slaves,because slaves were worth money,and Irish workers wanted to be paid.VIVAN LOS SAN PATRICIOS!

Alehound
Alehound

America invented 80%+ of everything you use in your daily life in the whole world like computers and websites etc. all Mexicans have invented are tacos,burritos and low rider cars with slick backs cruzing around in them and thats it. their intelligence is very limited to barrio living like fat short pregnant women and lots of babies and staying poor and uneducated all their lives. they never move on to a better life. they like to suffer.

Gonzalez4d
Gonzalez4d

Really Alehole? that last part sounds exacly like white trash to me, considering the source....Move out of your mamas singlewide already and put down the strawberry qiuck and get a life other than being a KEYBOARD COWARD!! Bunch of ignorant inbred redneck Bastards!!!!!

Alehound
Alehound

the Anglos,Chinaman,Blacks,Jews, Italians,Indians built all that you see in America at this time. not Mexicans. if Mexicans are so productive why is their country in shambles and full of crime? they as a race of people are a failure and an embarrassment to themselves.

Cajungman
Cajungman

because they have no leaders ass hole, who cuts your grass , clean your house ,built your house , did your painting, stone wok you asswipes from arizona wanted them here as long as it was cheap. wrost state in the union.ashame to tell people i live here with a bunch of dum FUCKS.

Alehound
Alehound

white irish guys like myself did all types of outdoor farm labor , landscaping, construction work etc in the 1960s and 70s before all the Mexicans came here. thats how all this country got built. you need a history lesson on the past.

Cajungman
Cajungman

if they from arizona they forget fast,they like to beat there wifes,hurt there babys,get away with it instead of trying better the state they do what they do best try try fuck everybody around them

Sexxxiisweetie69
Sexxxiisweetie69

"Ask the mexican" is the stupidest waste of an article. And usually wrong to boot.

dahdah
dahdah

you're a waste of a human being, "ask a mexican". get a real job.

LA EME
LA EME

if your Mexican why are you living in America? we are Americans here. if you are Mexican shouldn't you be living in Mexico? Mexican Americans are cool. Mexicans are not cool. Cheech Marin was cool but he was California born Mexican American Chicano and they are cool. see the difference?

lucy
lucy

In response to La Eme, you are so lame in your way of thinking! Your ignorance shows in every single word you typed!!!! A person is cool or not cool regardless of nationality. For you to say that if you are "mexican" you should be in Mexico, then why is the U.S. allowing all these other nationalities to reside here? Not only do they reside here but they also live off the system. They are given "Refugee Services" where they are provided homes, money for food and bills, acquiring residency and socials, and to top it all off taking jobs we as Americans can use! The only difference between Chicanos and Mexicans is a piece of paper that says you are a US citizen. It doesn't change who you are as a person. If you are an a*%^hole, you will always be one! If you are "cool" as you say, then people will perceive that about you. So many people are quick to criticize the Mexican but will not acknowledge how resourceful they are. I could argue with ignorance but it serves no purpose so I will end this now.

Jim
Jim

Mexican men like to cut their hair in a short military type buzz cut. better known as the Beaner Burr head look. they also smell and are very unwashed and dirty and never wear deodorant. mexican men suffer from little man syndrome. small short built low to the ground guys who try to make up for shortness by acting macho.

Lucy
Lucy

Jim you stupid, ignorant, bass hole! Does it make you feel better to criticize Mexican men and women? Does it make up for you "short cummings?" Do you ever wonder where your wife is and different times of the day? Well allow "me" to enlighten "you!" She is with that "dirty, smelly Mexican you so freely criticize! Would you like to know why? Because she is tired of the ignorant, stupid, lazy, fat bass hole sitting in front of his computer criticizing others when he can be satisfying her! Many may be short but if they are sweaty and smell it is because they were "WORKING!" And i am referring to manual labor. Not sit on your ass, scratching your balls, throwing your weight around as an adult because you couldn't handle yourself when you were young, type of job!!!!! As for the women, they many kids because they can! Family is more important than trying to retain your high school figure! In the end keeping that figure does not for them being that their "men" can no longer keep "UP" if you know what I mean. As for the trucks, if you can afford it with shiny rims and low rider tires and can pay cash instead of credit, Why not? Put some on your camouflage tractor or whatever it is that you drive and remember rates are high on credit cards these days! And if Indians screwed buffalo, are you by any chance they music teacher who just caught trying to court and fuck a dog?! LOL

Jim
Jim

they love pickup trucks with shiny rims and low rider tires.

ZEEK
ZEEK

Mexicans are living proof that Indians Fucked Buffalos.

Jim
Jim

Mexicans are also lazy, short,fat,dumb,uneducated,slow learners, child molesters and rapos of men and women. they also are throat slicers who love to use a big knife to commit murder, the women love to be fat and pregnant all the time have lots of bambinos / children and the men love to do outdoor stoop labor all their lives for low pay and they never go to college or learn the English language very well if at all. they are bottom feeders who live off of America but are not Americans.

Majkumajku
Majkumajku

you're describing the "tea party" to the T...

Alehound
Alehound

or my neighbors across the calle from my casa.

Lucy
Lucy

Hey Alehound! read the reply to Jim's comment. It applies to you as well Alley Hound!!!

 
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