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A Subject He Can’t Refuse

Does the Mexican have a godfather?

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans have padrinos for everything?
The Godfather Fan

Dear Wab: Many gabachos have long wondered about the galaxy of godparents who surround Mexicans from birth to death, but it's no misterio. Ostensibly, godparents (padrino is a godfather, madrina is a godmother, and padrinos means "godparents") are individuals who take a solemn vow during a Catholic church service to look after someone about to undergo a sacrament, whether it's a friend's baptized child, a teen on the brink of his First Communion or a bride and groom needing someone to pay for the tiered sheet cake at their wedding banquet. Gabacho Catholics and other non-Papists also feature similar pseudo-kinship traditions, but few play the padrino card as well as Mexicans. Beyond religion, we've set up an ingenious system: Whenever there's an occasion that requires a party — whether it be a charity baseball game or another day dodging la migra — Mexicans will ask their friends to be a padrino of a material item, not so much to sanctify a deeper relationship between the two, but because the party-holder's just too damn cheap to pay for everything. The prospective padrino is always screwed, since to deny someone's godfather invitation creates enmity that fades away only with a shootout or a free case of Budweiser. Nevertheless, the compadrazgo system remains important, since it binds families through thick and thin, and we all know how thin times have historically been in Mexico — unless we're talking about lazy daughters, of course.

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans accept lower salaries than their legal or American counterparts? For example, one contractor in Columbus, Georgia, told my son that he could hire twenty Mexicans for the same price he would have to pay my son! I know this is a racist comment, but it does seem that someone accepting six dollars an hour compared to an American who usually gets double the money illegals accept is always going to come up short. Is this practice used to force legals and Americans out of the job market? I sincerely think that if everyone asks for the same pay, there would not be this problem with immigration.
Beaners on My Mind

Dear Gabacho: Yours is a question that the American working man has asked of the tempest-tossed since the days of Miles Standish. And the answer isn't a pretty one. Sorry, Beaners on My Mind, but the only true way to stem Mexicans and their illegal brethren from invading our shores isn't through pie-in-the-cielo fences or harsh legislation, but rather the institution of an economic system that ensures companies won't underpay or relocate offshore to the Promised Land of no regulations: socialism. America has prospered specifically because such a system doesn't exist in this country; instead, the Founding Fathers encouraged an economy where citizens had to compete against rapacious businessmen from the top and undercutting immigrants from below. In the past, such struggles motivated American workers to form unions, secure employee rights, create the eight-hour workday and hustle. Today? The only scratches on the ample Know Nothing belt are high ratings for Lou Dobbs and a continual, wussy whine.

 
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