Ask a Mexican on Cleanliness South of the Border

Why is Mexico such a dump? Just to name a few of the problems: Stray dogs running all over the place, piles of trash burning in the street, blown-out tires hanging from cactuses by the side of the road, shredded plastic shopping bags plastering every fence in sight, rampant corruption in government, and lawlessness so flagrant that the entire police force in a Sonoran town was recently killed or forced to flee by armed thugs working for the drug cartels. Don't even try to blame all this on us gabachos. And if you don't believe me, ask the millions of Mexican citizens who are voting with their feet by trying to sneak into the United States. Why can't Mexico get its act together, already?
Don't Understand Mexico's Problems

Of course I'll blame Mexico's problems on you gabachos. Drug market that makes the cartels so rich and powerful? Los Estados Unidos. Plastic shopping bags? From America. Millions of Mexicans voting with their feet? To America and its need for cheap, young labor. Hey, Mexico needs to look at itself deeply to address its many issues, but for gabachos to claim that somehow they're innocent in causing Mexico's ills is like claiming Taco Bell doesn't give you a serial case of Montezuma's Revenge.

Why do upper-class Mexicans from Mexico hate the lower class in Mexico?
Exeter Elitist

Same reason the 1 percent loathes the 99 percent, and European royals wanted nothing to do with the peasant class except to exploit them. Explaining Mexicans isn't always about the Virgin of Guadalupe and Aztecs, cabrones.

I'm an American of Polish-Czech descent. Every wedding, or at my elders' houses, we used to listen to polka. I moved to the Southwest 15 years ago from the Midwest, and I occasional hear mariachi music from other cars or occasionally on the radio. I am beginning to like the music. It really reminds me of polka, but with a Southwest kick. Sadly, the friend I have of the Mexican descent or persuasion are not fans — so could you recommend a good collection or a good band to start? I'm doing it because I like music and figure music might help me to brush up on my lame bilingual skills.
Polaco Who Likes Tacos

I think what you think is mariachi is actually conjunto norteño, which is the Mexican music form that most approximates traditional polka — mostly because that's what it is. That's the music with the wild accordion, the metronomic 2/4 bass beat, and a wonderful corniness that only hick cultures (i.e., Mexicans, Czechs, and Poles) can truly love — mostly because the music was introduced to the borderlands between northern Mexico and Texas in the mid-1800s. For old-school conjunto norteño, you want to download the collections of Los Alegres de Terán, Los Relámpagos del Norte, and Los Cadetes de Linares; for the newer groups, Los Rieleros del Norte, Ramón Ayala (one of the members of Los Relámpagos del Norte), and Los Invasores de Nuevo León. Don't forget Flaco Jimenez and his whirlwind Tex-Mex classics. And timeless, of course, are Los Tigres del Norte. Enjoy!

 
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Timmyytool
Timmyytool

My wife and I lived all over Mexico for years, one theme runs right down the center of the Mexican culture, they don't care how dirty things are,they have no idea how to change, and to blame America for their problems is like blaming your next door neighbor for your dirty house!

Fletcherdaryl
Fletcherdaryl

It is so sad to see such a country with enormous potential and resources fail so badly. Drugs and a system that embraces graft are Mexico's downfall and if we could shut down demand here through education it would be a first step.

Lonewolf1313
Lonewolf1313

Mexico will always be a 3rd world craphole, until they quit blaming America for their problems.They sneak over here and trash our cities and towns but yet somehow it is our fault. Mexico encourages its citizens to illegaly come here, yet they imprison illegal immigrants to their country. Imagine that!!!

mark v
mark v

Ask a mexican if it is alright to listen to another language and culture that is not mexican? Ask a mexican if it is alright to have interest in Chinese and Asian culture and language,or and the French language and peoples? Ask a mexican if it is ok to have Black friends and even if it is alright to not have much interest about the mexican culture at all? Ask mexicans this, ask mexicans if they do not mind if you associate with others who are not mexican? Ask mexicans if it is alright if you do not buy or eat their food or listen to their music,or watch "their" television? is this ok, can people if they want to. have other friends of different races and cultures?

mark v
mark v

i thought after awhile,i would not like to ask a mexican anything,except maybe go away,and then it ibeing more of a command than a request, mexicans sheeeeeesh !!!!!!!

guaymense
guaymense

You guys should go further south of mexico. . Try guymas sonora, la paz puerto vallarta or acapulco. You got to remember that mexico is poor contry with a lot of uncivilace people but there is still a lot of places and people that are different. . Ofcourse if you go to a shithole like rocky point what do you think you gonna get. . . And honestly there is no one to blame on this but ourself thats why we move here back in the 90's and learn how to live better. .

Oren
Oren

Beyond dumb article. We'll take the blame for drugs but the rest you can have and keep.

An American
An American

I recently visited Puerto Panesco, Mexico....otherwise known as rocky point. First time ever in mexico or even out of the U.S. . That place is a festering shithole unless you're in a resort. As soon as the gate goes up on the mexican side of the border, there's a line of people standing there with their hands out wanting whatever, dogs running everywhere, and just ghetto-ass craphole buildings all over. And this is America's fault WHY? It's nowhere near our fault or responsibility. The mexican government is to blame. And the poster Bruce Springsteen is right, where ever the mexicans live, they bring the crap with them. They leave coke bottles full of piss and chicken bones all over their workplace. Maybe we should " ask a mexican" what the fuck is wrong with his own people.

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Typical Mexicans don't take responsibility for their own issues, THAT's why Mexico is a crap hole and that's why Mexico will always be a crap hole. This is also why, wherever Mexicans live, they bring the crap with them.

Are you serious "Gustavo" ? Mexican's can pick up their own garbage because of Americans? This sounds like the thinking of a typical Mexican. I bet Mexicans also can't wipe their own a$$es because of their oppressive neighbors north of the border, right?

The pathetic quality of this article is also an indication that "Gustavo" is a typical Mexican. I don't suppose you work for the Dept. of Homeland Security as one of Napolitano's errand boys, do you?

Murin Ar Panterac
Murin Ar Panterac

Oh look kids 0.o more mindless drivvle to divide humanity...

let me guess this is the liberal section here on NT?

What a way to promote that false left/right paradigm, north/south division tactic...

I would apply the BOOTS to A$$e$ on this article but it just isn't worth it. Gustavo Arellano doesn't get a room at the SMACKDOWN HOTEL FOR TYRANTS... his monkeyA$$ gets checked directly into the Know your Role Rehabilition Center for Morons!

mark v
mark v

Mexicans i want to move to where there are no spanish sounding street name, there is a mexican who i know for some years, a mexican who was born in mexico and not a usa citizen, he only this evening called and asked me if i wanted a burrito, he offers to use his food stamp card if i want anything from the store, he finds jobs here and there cutting lawns,trimming trees, Ihe is a dope head, i suppose with what are to him justifiable reasons, pain being a factor, ok i know him, he communicates, I i do not want to hang around with him,but he has slept in my house when he had no where to go, he would do the same for me, however, in general,i do not want to hang around with mexicans, because there are cactus with tires hanging off of them,and nearer to the usa there are bridges with bodies hanging off of them, mexico is not a desirable place, the everyday mexicans in yuma arizona, i would prefer not to have to look in their faces as they pass by, i find mexicans to be too socio=pathic, and very very functionally obsolete, they offer nothing except their arrogant arrogance, mexicans to me are not interesting, boring and do not have anything i need or want, i would prefer to live where the culture is filled with if not brilliance, at least workable intelligence, oh as to where to find places that are not prejudice, well that is another story, BUT I THINK WELL I THINK THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLES IN THE WORLD THAT MEXICANS DO NOT WANT ME OR OTHERS TO APPRECIATE THE EXISTENCE THERE OF, BLACKS,CHINESE ASIANS FRENCH, MEXICANS IN SHORT ARE TOO IMMATURE, AND THAT IS PROBABLY WHY MEXICANS DO NOT HAVE IT TOGETHER, AND PERHAPS NEVER WILL,

OH AS FOR MARACHI MUSIC, IT IS OK, WHAT ANNOYS ME ABOUT THE MEXICAN CULTURE, AT LEAST IN THESE SOUTHWEST USA, IS THE CAR STEREO WHO NEEDS IT, OH AND SILVER CHROME HUBCAPS THAT SPIN, BORING I WISH I WERE IN THE LAND OF COTTON, WHERE OLD TIMES THERE ARE NOT FORGOTTON, MEXICANS DO NOT WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE LIVES,

Armano_ruiz34
Armano_ruiz34

you need to stop being racist gringo bendejo, Mexicans are taking over this country whether you pinche gringos like it or not

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

I would like to ask a mexican to provifde ONE VALID REASON WHY America should reward illegal alien criminals with amnesty for coming here and breaking our laws? Is that fair to all those doing it the legal way? Perhaps you are in favor of giving rapists, child molesters, kidnappers and murderers amnesty also? What part of ILLEGAL do YOU not understand? I have asked him ALL these questions and he never answers. This writer is a POS.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

If any of you wonder why hate crimes are on the rise in Az (according to today's Republic), read the racist comment above. The writer is typical of the diseased mentality which seems pervasive in Az.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

You Murin, are obviously a member of the See You In Tea Party.

G Rosie
G Rosie

Orale'!...wow..sounds like your kinda dumb!

Armano_ruiz34
Armano_ruiz34

Mexicans are better workers than you racist gringos will ever be, that's why, we deserve to live here because we want a better life, and my kids need a good education

mrgrnjn
mrgrnjn

I think bruce pretty much nailed it. You deny EVERYTHING and can't even take responsibility for your people acting like rabid dogs. But then I guess on your side there is no racism? YEAH RIGHT! You monkeys call us gringo and talk about killing the white man and taking the country back so you know what? SUCK ME! If YOUR people respected the laws of this country and did enter illegally by THE MILLIONS WE would not be posting here. When you monkeys decide to show some respect then maybe you will get some. Funny how mexico had much more time to do something with itself and in all those hundreds of years it has become a sewer while in only 200 years America rose to the worlds greatest superpower and you monkeys think it is yours. SUCK ME AGAIN! Go read a dictionary and find out the meaning of illegal you stupid roach.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Don't worry Rosie,

A few more years of the disastrous effects that these morons have on the state's economy and they'll wish that wall wasn't so high because they will be trying to hoist their beer bellies over it to find work in Mexico.

 
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