Ask a Mexican on Re-Writing History and Biblical Names

Just suppose that all of the southwestern United States had remained in Mexican hands. Would the Mexicans have done any better with it than they have with the present confines of Mexico?
Reversible Reconquista?

The gran parlor game! If we turn back the clock and changed a couple of things — if Austin, Houston, and their fellow invading gabachos actually became Mexican citizens respecting the rule of the land instead of merely pretending to become so, if Mexico hadn't suffered the theft of its lands or nearly gone bankrupt spending so much money in battling its ravenous neighbor to the north — would Mexico have been better off? The easy answer is — more land in a country generally means more possibilities for development, and California's 1849 Gold Rush (truly made the American Southwest the mecca it became for Americans) would've happened on Mexican soil, meaning Mexico would've been the beneficiary of all those prospecting migrants and subsequent worldwide attention. Not having Texas secede from Mexico would've also hastened the demise of Antonio López de Santa Anna: Sure, his embarrassing defeat at the manos of the Texans forced him out of office, but he returned again and again. Santa Anna's megalomania, left unchecked, would've inspired a true coup instead of many temporary ones. And with no neocolonial ties left — with no debts to any European powers due to fighting so many wars, with no appropriating of natural resources and lands by American industrialists taking advantage of a weak country, and with the United States itself weaker due to the lack of a Southwest and all of its subsequent treasures — Mexico would've been in a much-stronger position to enter the Industrial Revolution and emerge a better, reformed land. Of course, it's just a parlour game, just like Arizona Senator John McCain blaming illegal Mexicans for starting devastating forest fires with no hard proof — except ours is responsible and fun, while his is just pendejo.

I know many Mexican names translate to English: Michael is Miguel, Juan is John, and so forth. Mexican names seem rooted in the Bible in general (everyone knows a Mexican named Jesús with a best buddy named Gabriel right?). My name is Adam, and I don't know what the Mexican version of Adam is. I think there isn't one. Every time I order at a restaurant and the cashier is Mexican and they ask my name, I check the receipt and it's wrong. They have a hard time pronouncing it too. I've got receipts back before with Asham, Awarm, Alad, Aman, Aden. Mexicans seem devoutly religious. Do they not read Genesis, or is there a mexicano version of Adam and Eve with different names?
Gabacho Y Eva

If you'd bothered to read the Spanish version of Genesis, you'd know "Adam" is Adán. Next!

Good Mexican of the week: The American Immigration Council (AIC) sounds like a creepy front group for Know-Nothings, but it's actually the nonprofit arm of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, whose members do the Lord's work by helping migrants from across the world enter this great land. The AIC actively fights Know-Nothings, honors immigrants year-round, and is publishing Green Card Stories in the fall, a beautiful book featuring the inspiring stories of immigrants who came to los Estados Unidos from across the globe. More information on these mensches at www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org.

 
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Gary
Gary

The funny part about your explanation of the Spanish American War is you forgot to mention then Maj - Col Robert E Lee and also then LT Ulysses S. Grant. When you think about the many other big names in the American Civil War who also participated in what Grant called one of the most unjust "war" ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation, you would wonder why Mexico is still there. It is most humorous that this weak nation is still ever so weak. Get over it and quit crying America is always going to be mightier than the Mexicans. Smarter too because we have the technology and the Mexicans have the work force. Please come build our Houses while we build our Tech. We in AZ have no problems with LEGAL Mexicans. Illegal ones are the ones we have issues with as what has happens is an illegal Mexican pushing drugs threw southern AZ killed a police officer. You don't write about that. Then there was a rancher who was killed for turning in the drugs someone left on his ranch. How much should we take? Like the Soldiers who stole Mexico in the past we will be ever so diligent in keeping what those before us stole. Germany is 137,847 sq mi large Mexico is 761,606 sq mi Mexico is 5.5 times larger than Germany. What is your excuse for that. Mexico could have 2 billion square miles of land and it would still be a poor country. Weaker countries get pillaged all threw history. Mexico was no different. USA should apologize just the same as USA owes one to England. If you know your history America was in debt to England because America was getting attacked and England brought over soldiers to protect its settlers. As any debt is incurred it should be paid right? Not for America and the original 13 Colonies. Yeah sure you have your taxation without representation, They want to benefit from there taxes however they already saw benefit and once the country was strong enough we as an America took over. Look it up. Mexico got screwed and so did a whole lot of other people as well.

sgosher
sgosher

The gold rush would have never happened. Mexicans are too lazy to get thing started by themselves. Your so full of s*** New Times. Your magazine must be run by a bunch of mexicans.

Nona15
Nona15

If white ppl weren't so lazy "mexicans" wouldn't be tking over ur jobs that u will not do, such as ur own lawn roofs fix cars/tires take care of UR children clean ur houses.. n u ppl have the nerve to say sh*t about them n they do the same for their families. Y can't u do what u need to do..? So y'all juz lazy as f*ck.. grow up n look around what whites don't do... lazy arpaio bitches...!!!

Rudy
Rudy

are you serious about the Adam thing. It's ADAN that is the Spanish version of Adam.

p
p

Mexico can't control the land they have. Why on earth do you think they need more land they can't defend?

Jghjgjhgk
Jghjgjhgk

Oh yah, Mexico has done sooooo well with the VAST natural resources she has. The citizens there need to rise up against their oppressive government.

Mexico is the poster child of why guns should never be banned.

Rick
Rick

It's a dog eat dog world and guess what: top dog wins!!!

Norte Americano
Norte Americano

In reality wouldn't they be better off if they were part of the United States?

Dalgast
Dalgast

Only thing I'd want to ask is "Do you want a blindfold"

mark v
mark v

i would rather ask GOD instead of asking a mexican anything what would i ask a mexican "give back my stolen property?" leave me alone keep yourself out of my business" don.t bring drugs and car stereos around? these are things i would ask mexicans,

Kaliballer2003
Kaliballer2003

How very wise you are to mention God and then go on to bash your brothers in the same sentence. Or does the color of your skin make you sinless, perfect and superior?

Racer1y
Racer1y

ask a mexican???WTF for!!!???dam border jumpin chili chokin pepper bellies should float back to their country on the wooden door they came over here on...and pick up all the friggin trash u dumped on the land (ours and yours) on your way here...

Atthegates86
Atthegates86

I think the native americans would say the exact same about europeans. What wonderful double stantards

Gfhsdgh
Gfhsdgh

Fuck the indians too!

Vinnie
Vinnie

U suffered the theif of ur land, relig. langue and way of life when the white came from spain. U have a spainh name ='s a white man's name. u speak spanish, white man's langue. Cut the crap! Like the rest of the world, in ur heart, ur jealous of AMERICA!!! Stop the ACT! And for once tell the truth! And blame the white man from spain, who killed over 60,000,000 million of ur people. Not the white man from AMERICA!

VINNIE! From The Bronx!

Dalgast
Dalgast

First off, it looks like this rag has now resorted to using pejorative terms for those people in the country in which they have the freedom to write this crap. And "the theft of its lands" please get off their soap box. I don't imagine any of your highly educated reported ever heard of the trity in which we purchased this land which you say we stole. If your so for the beaners/wetback/illegals, please feel free to shut down your presses and move them to mexico

Rod B
Rod B

This is a joke right?Let the mafia families rule this countryLike they do in Mexico?Let disease, poverty, political injustice &Illiteracy,Rule here, like it does there.Take that rhetoric & shove it.Where did you people get your education?

Cansado de los Chuntaros
Cansado de los Chuntaros

Would the Mexicans have done any better with it than they have with the present confines of Mexico? NO.Also, it really bothers me to see all these proud Mexicans (who bailed out on their country) flying the Mexican flag on the 4th of July weekend. If they're so proud - stay home. We couldn't go there and fly the American Flag. It's illegal. But they come here and celebrate our Independence Day and fly their flags. BEANERS GO HOME AND STAY THERE!!!

Mb
Mb

fuck u motherfucker. i fly the flag any day of the year.

cansado de los chuntaros
cansado de los chuntaros

Yeah yeah yeah. You're a nuttless wonder. You come to exploit the benefits of this country but refuse to honor it. You take pride in, and claim allegiance to "your country", but don't have the courage to fix it. That cowardice!

Vcxnbvcxn
Vcxnbvcxn

Pussy Mexican. Go fix your own country or don't you have any jevos.

Rosmth
Rosmth

ya right just more land to trash up just how many billions in gold was shipped out of mexico by the spanish and how many billions do they still haveans not just gold silver , jems , the mexican people race a subserviant race (meaning anybody who came in conquered them ie spain, france ) so no matter how land they had they would have not done a thing with the California gold rushn would have never happened if the land belonged to them if they had not lost Texas the USA big deal if it were not for America finding oil nothing there,all they do is farm a little corn and sleep, it's not there fault but more land wouldn't mean squatit's just a way of justifing breaking the US law of entering our country illegaly if any US citizen breaks the law and you don't have money for a good lawyer you go to JAIL period. if they break the laws were supposed to feel sorry for them and let everything be for gotten We're supposed to feel bad about them being held a little to long in prison with three square meals a day a bed and medical anyone ever arrested in mexico nows full well how bad it is there, the aduse no food, no bed attacked buy your fellow inmates cause your American beaten it's time for politicaly correct to be American correct stop feeling sorry for CRIMINALS who knowingly start out to break the law if you enter Circle K to steal beer it's a burgerly charge not shoplifting they start out knowing that they are breaking US laws and i'm supposed to feel bad no more land wouldn't have done a damn thing for them and the writer of this story knew it he was just trying to make you feel bad for living in Texas, New Mexico or Arizona. I live in Arizona and I'm not going to feel bad for them anymore there here illegaly breaking our laws and stealing in any country is against the law so enough BREAK THE LAW GO TO JAIL no more land it 's the NATIVE AMERICANS LAND ANYWAY NOT THEIRS and i'm tired of this shit they wouldn't have done anything with it had it ever been theirs

ggllww
ggllww

I don't get these articles written in the NewTimes.....They always make it sound like America's fault that Mexico is a $HIT HOLE???

Maybe if they feel so badly, about what America suppodsedly did to Mexico, they should move their paper down there and create a few jobs to keep the ILLEAGALS, AT HOME!

Cvnvbn
Cvnvbn

Or maybe we should bomb the shit out of your country to "free" your people from oppression.

Fuck Mexico

Anonymous
Anonymous

@Gustavo Arellano,

Most Mexicans that I have encountered in my lifetime don't really care! If they had cared, they would have done something about it, instead of just being a bunch of lazy people expecting other people to take care of any situations for them. If any Mexican wants to be successful in any country, they need to get off their lazy butts and start being responsible for their own actions.

VALENCIA
VALENCIA

@Gustavo Arellano only you can answer that question to yourself!!!

Jwishz
Jwishz

Are you kidding me? Look at all the land and resources they have. What have they done with it? Squandered or taken by the wealthy and powerful. Look at Texas today and look at Mexico.

Carlc
Carlc

Hey, Gustavo! Go back where you came from! It looks like you are really ... really nostalgic about the old days. I was not born in this country but work hard to earn my citizenship. I love this country. It is apparent you do not appreciate this country at all. No one is stopping you to move back to Mexico or any country you want to live. Nobody is stopping you. GO! And if you go now, I will celebrate all day! Let me know when I will start celebrating OK! GO.

Burtlancaster
Burtlancaster

You like Mexico that's fine, you want to improve lives for Mexican's that's fine. Question is if you love your country so much why are you here b*tching about how horrible it is for Mexican's here, its so horrible that Mexican's are leaving your beloved country in the millions a year. If you want to make a difference go to Mexico and do something instead of complaining about land you lost in a WAR. We didn't steal it from you we beat you for it, you're a sore loser.

This is America, and if you don't like it you can get out.

rinaM
rinaM

Why dont you move to mexico and print your paper there?Maybe someone will care.because no one here dose.Oh is it because you can't get a JOB there.Iam proud to be a AMERICAN/MEXICAN

Abc
Abc

Nobody cares about your liberal b.s. paper and retarded posts. Nobody wants to ask a mexican anything other then why they arent going home to mexico yet!!!

MRROACHSIR
MRROACHSIR

i suppose you're going to tell us that if california had still been part of mexico during the gold rush "the people" would have shared in it???????????? HA HAHA HAHA HAHA.

mark v
mark v

mexico and its government is some terrible place to me,a place of terrorists,who have been depleting the economy of the usa for decades, the question comes to mind,"would JESUS immigrate illegally"? mexico does have serious problems, and no one wants to live in such an enviorment as juarez offers,who would not want to flee ,illegally or not?

mexico has not been offering brilliance,these illegal immigrants have caused the usa many many problems and set backs,

i would like to see a country such as China be ,yes,even given the geographic location of what is considered the country of mexico and have the mexicans step down ,relinquish the geographic area known as mexico to some other people,nation(s) who know how to run and keep and govern a country and people, mexico is a disgrace, they have become an undesirable people, with their prejudices and socio=pathic greed and violence, i would prefer not to live in the southwest yuma,arizona anymore, reason mexicans

Miki Miki
Miki Miki

Ironic that you would call someone racist or hateful....

Barbtalks
Barbtalks

Illegal Aliens become illegal when they enter the country without permission. The ones we are referring to are sneaking in and helping others do this too. This is encouraged by the Mexican Government, rather than trying to make their country and people prosperous by the sweat of their brow, in their own country. Many of them work, live on a lot of government assistance and send back to Mexico huge amounts of money. I have seen a documentary on a group of men here illegally, working, living together in a small apartment, living as cheaply as possible, sending money home from every paycheck. They have paid for a clinic, ambulance and a huge stadium in their own home. That is a small snippet of what happens to the money they earn. In addition, many Mexicans now are making huge profits by being Coyotes to bring in more illegal aliens and still more make big money bringing in illegal drugs. I wouldn't be as upset about them being here, except they are becoming more and more intent on making America part of/ just like Mexico and make Americans pay for their very existence here. We Americans that have worked for many years to attain Social Security, and other amenities earned by the sweat of our own brows, and are loosing these things we have counted on, mainly because we are supporting them. We are paying for all their hospital bills, including useing the ER for their Dr visits, we pay for much of their food and housing through our programs for the poor, and the final straw is they are getting social security benefits that they have never worked for. This is diminishing what we have worked for and it is unconscionable that it is allowed by the very government that we have placed our very lives it it's hands. I shudder to see what is going to happen down the road. A newspaper reported recently that now minority births have outstripped the births of the white population. May God help us!

Miki Miki
Miki Miki

Illegals don't get government benefits.This is just Tea Bagger propaganda.If you want to point the welfare finger,look no further than white females.They are the largest group of welfare recipients.And OH GOD HELP US that somebody other than white people are breeding.OH NOOOO!

Ghfgdfhf
Ghfgdfhf

Hey fuck, white trailer trash are AMERICAN. Fuck you. Illegals DO TOO get FREE government benefits. Fuck you. I work at DES I know!

Terry6890
Terry6890

Mexico can't even do ANYTHING with the resources it has so QUIT CRYING about everything. YES! I do have something I would like to ask a mexican: WHY should America reward illegal aliens with amnesty for coming to America illegally and breaking our laws? Are you saying ALL criminals should be rewarded when they break the law? Just ONE VALID REASON? I always see your articles about how great a mexican is but then I read the news and realize you are just lying. What accomplishments have EVER come out of mexico? I think there are MANY much smaller countries with less resources than mexico that have made MAJOR contributuions to the world, but NOT mexico. WHY NOT? YOU say it's so great? YOU are one of the most racist writers I have ever seen. YOU are one of the people who does NOT understand the meaning of the word illegal. America needs to DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS!

words
words

What about the original illegal aliens - Western Europeans.

Gfdhhfgh
Gfdhhfgh

Fuck you, indians were killing and taking other indians land loooooong before "white man" came to town. Go fuck yourself with a burrito!

Seriously think about it.
Seriously think about it.

So the anazazi or maybe the other tribes that were wiped out. So the current "native americans" don't have a claim either right? Therefore go with the ack up might = right. The winners right the history.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

The United States is a walking corpse waiting for the first curb to drop it to the street. Soon, we'll be just like Mexico, poor and taken advantage of by the rich. It was always an illusion anyway. We were propped up to run the rest of the world into the ground.

True2you
True2you

Sell Mexico the state of California for the amount of the national debt. They own most of it anyway.

Iceman
Iceman

Amigo, how would you be better off you can't even manage what you have now.Minerals: The mining sector was dominated by hydrocarbons, with some of the world's largest deposits of petroleum (17th) and natural gas (18th). Mexico is also ranked in the top 5 producers of silver (13% of world production), bismuth (20% of the world's total), celestite (7% of world output) and fluorspar (18% of world output); sixth in molybdenum; among the top 10 in barite, bentonite, arsenic, diatomite, graphite, cadmium, gypsum, mine lead, manganese ore, salt, sulfur, and mine zinc; and in the top 15 in mine copper, cement, gold, and crude steel (second largest producer in Latin America).

Plus fishing, agriculture, forestry...yet almost 50% of the population lives below the poverty line. Don't worry though the USA will soon be just like Mexico.

Fordblue03
Fordblue03

You are a shame to the ones that want to be apart of this country. Immigrants are welcome as long as they do it legally. The wars may have devastated your country but if you believe in the Lord you would drop your grudges and turn your other cheek, for forgiveness is the Lords word. Stop looking for sympathy as you yourself is pathetic. This is The United States, NOT Mexico! I'm glad our two countries have existed side by side for many years, but we need to keep the pride of hard work and stop trying to fight this as if you lost your country. I enjoy much of your culture and the friends I've made. Most of whom believe in the naturalization process.

 
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