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Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Politics, What's Left | 18 comments

Dear Mexico: Please Accept Our Apology

 

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Given our treatment of them, Mexicans should despise Americans.

Think about it.  Put aside your gun for a moment, set down that can of Coors, and press the mute button on Duck Dynasty for the next five minutes.  I promise, no one’s going to run away with your precious prides and joys.  Now, let’s talk about something really important — our neighbors.

We treat Mexicans like shit.  We treat them like shit over here.  We treat them like shit over there.  We treat them like shit when we trample all over Tijuana on weekends and then vomit in the streets.  We treat them like shit when we bargain with the shopkeeper relying on that giant cruise ship you’ve stepped from for a couple of hours, hoping he sells enough knick-knacks to feed his family this week.  We treat the poor working-class peasants like shit.  Even a former Mexican president gets treated like shit.

The brave souls who somehow manage to overcome so many barriers against the odds and ultimately make it into our fields and sweatshops are something of a marvel.  Many have to deal with smugglers and make payoffs.  They trek hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles across barren deserts, along dangerous highways and hidden back roads, often at night — leaving their families behind while often risking their lives.  Then, once they arrive they’re often muled down with the worst backbreaking jobs that pay poverty-level wages.  Yet, as hard as they toil and struggle to survive and as many of them as we still see standing out there daily waiting for work, whether rain or snow or shine, in every major city across America begging for a job — any job — mowing grass or hauling sheet rock in 102-degree heat or performing the most gruesome acts inside a slaughterhouse…we also demand they be tossed out of the country on their asses.  We propose building impenetrable walls reminiscent of the old Iron Curtain designed to keep them out.  Then, we constantly insult them and ridicule their culture between bites and gulps when we’re not cramming our plump bodies with Tex-Mex food while slamming shots of silver tequila.  No Mexican is immune from the omnipresence of abuses; We cheer wildly to the chants of “USA!  USA!  USA!” as those running for the highest office in our land make ludicrous proposals purely for political gain at their expense.

Honestly, if I was a Mexican receiving this kind of shitty treatment, I’d have three words for Americans:  Vete al carajo.

Even it you don’t speak Spanish, I have faith.  You can probably figure that out.  [1]

Fact is, the only thing that separates the typical Mexican from the typical American is that one class was lucky enough to be born on the northern side of a mostly indecipherable border, while just as many less fortune members of a different crapped out and were born to the south.  Face it.  We aren’t any better than them.  We certainly aren’t morally superior.  We don’t work any harder than they do.  Most of us don’t deserve the advantages we were born unto simply by virtue of advantageous geography.  Let’s face it — the baby born in a hospital near Silicon Valley has innumerably greater opportunities than the infant born in a small town out in the Sonoran Desert.  That’s not guilt talking, that’s just admitting we Americans were dealt into the global poker game holding what amounts to pocket kings.  Two-thirds of the rest of the world, including those in Mexico, started the hand on a much smaller bankroll with 8-3 off-suit.

Being born on the northern side of an arid demarcation of tens of millions of lives and ultimately of fates entitles the lucky to a life stoked with undeniable privileges, which has led unfortunately to an unwarranted posture of not just national chest-beating superiority but collective conceit.  Admit it.  We want those Mexicans to come here and pick our produce.  What American worker wants to sweat their asses off in the middle of California’s Central Valley working for $8-an-hour (if that) picking carrots six days a week while living in a trailer?  We want Mexicans to wash our dirty dishes.  What American wants to ride a city bus that takes an hour-and-a-half to commute because they can’t obtain a driver’s license, nor afford a car plus the insurance?  We want Mexicans to do our gardening and clean our swimming pools.  What American wants to work in an unregulated industry with no benefits, and nor future?  Indeed, the captains of American business covet Mexican laborers because they can pay them as little as possible, yet those workers will never ever complain since there’s no one to turn to.  Meanwhile, we commit the ultimate duplicity by claiming that we don’t want them here.  Deport them all.  Build a wall.  Make it tall.

The most inexplicable consequence of all this which I can’t fathom nor explain is this.  Despite the shitty treatment and our blatant hypocrisies on so many levels — most Mexicans still seem to like us for the most part.  Yes, they like us.  Wherever you go throughout North America, Mexicans remain a simple yet happy people — even though, at least on the surface, there’s nothing to be particularly joyous about.  [2]  We see them huddled in packs at Home Depot stores all across the country, begging for any scrap of manual labor.  Yet, we never, never, never see them standing out on street corners with cardboard signs begging for drug money (strange how most of the street beggars working intersections happen to be young white people — go figure).

I just don’t get it.  We say we don’t want Mexicans coming into this country.  Those who do come here get treated like shit.  One of the major presidential candidates fumes that he wants to deport all 11 million undocumented workers, which would not only crash certain sectors of our economy but also result in the very cruelest of outcomes, the separation of families.  Yet that outlandish proposal draws thunderous applause from millions.  We cheer wildly as Dr. Stangelove spews a carnival wheel of analgesic painkillers leading otherwise good people to turn down a dark path.  America has become a fucking madhouse.

In our not too distance past, that mob mentality so often camouflaged by waving American flags manned the trumpets and reaffirmed our national posture that America never apologizes for anything.  We don’t dare apologize to foreign nations, nor their citizens, nor our victims, nor the dead, even those democratically-elected governments we’ve toppled over the decades on every continent.  We don’t apologize for our invasions, nor our extended occupations.  We don’t apologize for the corporate exploitation or natural resources, nor carpet bombings, nor the use of drones.  We are lots of ugly things to people around the world who are different than us, wearing one mask on human rights for our foes (think Iran) yet an entirely different mask for our so-called allies (think Saudi Arabia).  We are not, nor have ever been a nation that apologizes.

When the current president tried to reverse this self-destructive hubris by making diplomatic amends with other nations, as he did several years ago, his actions were deemed treasonous.  This grotesque inability to see ourselves as others see us speaks volumes not only as to our national epidemic of xenophobia, but an outright denial of reality.  Call this what it is — a national blindness.  America has become that drunken driver barreling dangerously down the wrong side of a busy highway, isolated and now complaining that dozens of other cars are all driving on the wrong side of the road.

Interestingly, this so-called illegal-immigration “problem” has steadily been reversing itself.  There are now about 3.5 million less illegals living in this country now than when the current president took office seven years ago.  Was this reversal prompted by a collapse of unregulated capitalism followed by a sluggish economic economy?  Perhaps so.  But I’m just as convinced the prevailing American attitude of arrogance towards Mexicans has a lot to do with it.  The arrogance has a lot to do with it.  The despicable sense of entitlement over other human beings has a lot to do with it.  Who knows what they say about us, what they think of us, when they return home and tell the tales of their experiences across the border living and working in America?  Given what they’re up against and how they’re treated, how can those stories be pretty?

I don’t know how Mexicans do it.  Why do they take it?  They continue to seek work here.  They maintain a positive outlook on life.  They cause us little or no burden.  In fact, overall, they enhance our economy.  They’re happy for the most part .  They want to be our friends.

Sorry, but I could never be a Mexican.  It requires way too much personal sacrifice and human forgiveness.

 

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[1] Translated, this means “fuck you.”

[2] A most recent “World Happiness Report” came out which showed Mexicans are slightly happier than Americans, despite the obvious disparity of natural resources and personal wealth.  SOURCE HERE

Note:  Yes, there are drug cartels and dangerous people from Mexico.  There are also far more good people working hard wanting to make a better life for themselves.

Watch More Here:  Very moving 5-minute video on the migrant experience, which shows Bernie Sanders efforts to bring these inequities to our attention:   CLICK HERE

18 Comments

  1. Have you been to King City, or any of the other rural cities in California that have been effectively returned to Mexico? Ask the county sheriffs if there are differences between those cities and other places in their counties? They will tell you plenty.

    New Mexico has been fighting the cycle of poverty, ignorance and premature family formation in their “Hispano” community for generations and has made little or no progress. Their governors are only half-kidding when they say New Mexico is America’s only Third World state.

    Mexicans as people are just fine, and I think those people who want out of that kind of situation should be welcomed here… but we do NOT need to throw open the doors and allow the creation of a Third World rural proletariat within our borders.

    • which country stole New mexico by force? first it was Spain from the Pueblos, then it was the US in 1848. adn you have gall to claim Moral standing?

      • Where did I claim moral standing? Libtards… they see what they want to see, and if it isn’t there, they see it anyway.

        • only reson you mentioned LEO was CLEAR

      • If you are going to deny that poverty, ignorance and getting married too young so the cycle repeats over, and over, and over again is a problem, perhaps you belong in the Mexican countryside yourself.

        • oh yeah TYPING skills, equates to low IQ

          ill use my sat score 1470 and my 800 GRE as sufficient proof, I use employment as COp as opposite

        • and where did I use word DENIAL?(thanks for easily refuable post)

          y donde hice utilizan la negación palabra? (gracias por publicar fácilmente el refuable) PUTA!

  2. Nolan, your head is so far buried in the sand with this post that you are better off pushing your way through to China.*

    You sit on your throne in your high castle and pass judgment with an arrogance that is astounding. And it’s based on what? The fact that you once drove by a Home Depot and saw Mexicans looking for work?

    Yes, it’s true that many of them are hard workers who come here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. But what about the millions of others who come here to steal? You just turn a blind eye to that and have the audacity to criticize all Americans for their attitude?

    I worked as a police officer for five years. I dealt with illegal Mexicans every day. I dealt with them every day not because they were illegal and therefore breaking the law by their mere existence in this country…we didn’t bother with them in any way. No, I dealt with them every day because they were committing crimes every day.

    Burglary, shoplifting, driving without licenses…these were the common ones that I didn’t even blink an eye to.

    Rape. (For some reason white, overweight, low self-esteem, 14 and 15 year old girls seem to be very attractive to Mexican males in their 30’s and 40’s.)
    DUI, hit and run fatality accidents, cocaine and heroin dealing, murder…the list goes on and on and on.

    You’re probably wondering what border town I worked in? Well, it was about an hour and a half from the border. The Canadian border.

    Many of these Mexicans who I saw who didn’t regularly commit crimes were still not productive members of society. Instead they were here for all the free services that our nation so kindly provides to the indigent. Food stamps (that they often traded for alcohol), health care, housing assistance, etc. You seem to think these are a small portion of the illegal immigrant problem. I can understand why you’d think that, considering your inability to see beyond your morally superior attitude.

    Wake up, Nolan. It’s just as bad to judge the many by the few in a bad way as it is to do so in the way you’re currently doing, a way I’m sure makes you feel as if you’re superior to all of us who are in favor of stemming the tide of illegal immigration and protecting the borders of our country.

    And by the way, those cruise ships and the passengers who barter for the junk they sell on the docks are a big sustenance to Mexico. You seriously are going to spit on the face of those Americans who spend their hard earned money traveling to Mexico?

    *Note- It’s not possible, even with someone who’s head is so far buried like Nolan’s, to push through to China.

    • “steal” the CRIME was in 1848 when USA STOLE land from Mexico, but I dont expect someon with a COps IQ to know history

      • Wait, did somebody who made no less than 12 spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors in a single sentence just question my IQ????

        WTF are you even talking about? Do you have a point with your nearly unreadable sentence?

        • “steal”? (guess you don’t know what “” mean.) The CRIME was in 1848 when the UNITED states (guess you dont know what an acronym is) STOLE land from Mexico by starting a war (which today would be a war crime). But I do not (guess you dont know what contractions are ) expect someone with a COP’s IQ to know history. (same as 3 cops in family who are woefully ignorant)

          • You can’t spell. You can’t write. You accuse people who can of having low IQs because you don’t agree with their views.

            Guess who actually has the low IQ…

  3. Go live in Texas for awhile Nolan. I think you might change your mind about the “poor Mexicans”.

  4. I agree with you that there are elements in our population, mostly Republicans, who can’t ever admit that this country does anything wrong. The expression that should be retired forever is “American Exceptionalism”. This terminology is so disturbing when sanctimonious hypocrites like Cheney/Cruz and other neocon conservatives use it as a battering ram to foist their priorities onto other countries. We have so many problems of our own that it is amazing that anyone remains blind enough to pump up our “exceptional” nature. Also, good luck to the reasonable leader, like Obama, who might occasionally apologize for a misguided U.S. policy or decision. This just brings down a shit-storm of condemnation from conservatives who don’t have it in their DNA to apologize for anything. This is one of the scariest attributes of Trump, BTW. He has more to apologize for than anybody but when has he ever done so? Good luck to all of us if he is elected.

  5. Bravo! For writing a brilliant viewpoint of one side of this immigrant issue. This portion of a whole Truth is definitely a keeper.

    I apologize to the Good Mexicans and other South Americans that you refer to…for Our rude treatment of them. I will be quicker with a warm smile to these, when I can determine that they are of the kind that you speak of. I might even endeavor to give them some “help” of some real and good kind. God Bless and Help These!

    I do not apologize to the “others” who also come and bring harm. These I would stop. These ruin things for Many.

    It would be nice if We could tell the difference, easily, between the two basic kinds of Mexicans and others. Then We could be kinder to the one’s who deserve it…even if they are entering Our Nation sneakily.

    Anyway. A great writing, this. It shows Good Heart and Mind.

  6. Your best piece yet!

    So lucky I’m a middle-aged white woman, who hates cleaning bath tubs, even my own.

  7. So I guess you opine that the people of a nation should have no say in who gets admitted into their own country. We Americans, obviously, do not. We have told our politicians time and time again to finishing building the fence and place a restriction on immigration and the free goodies that are handed out to illegal aliens (yes, I said it) and yet they don’t hear us. That’s because they don’t give a crap about the people and what we think. They only listen to the CEO’s (Gates, Zuckerburg, etc.) and their cries for cheaper labor. Besides the money issue, which is a pretty darn big one, there’s the fact that American culture is changing. You can argue whether it is changing in a good way or a bad way. But, the fact that a culture of a nation is changing without the consent of the population is a troubling issue, especially when that nation is a first world country and the immigrants are practically all from the third world. Many people are waking up to the fact that this is being done to us on purpose. We’re mad as hell and that is why we are voting for The Donald (that and the fact that we don’t want a murderer in the white house).

    • Texas and southwest were part of spain and then mexico and stolen by the warmongers in the UNITED STATES. dont try your pius bullshit on me!

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