Why can't Mexico get its act together?

Dear Mexican: 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 cactus 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 town in Sonora 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 U.S. Why can't Mexico get its act together, already?

Don't Understand Mexico's Problems

Dear DUMP: 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.

Dear Mexican:Why do upper-class Mexicans from Mexico hate the lower class in Mexico?

Exeter Elitist

Dear Gabacho: 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.

Dear Mexican: 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 fifteen years ago from the Midwest, and I occasionally 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 Southwestern kick. Sadly, the friends I have of 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

Dear Polack-Honky: 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 — mainly 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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Derikw
Derikw

So it's the "Gabachos" fault after all? There's a market for drugs so there's nothing wrong with supplying those drugs right? If all the Gabachos left, Mexico wouldn't have any problems. I know I sound pretty sarcastic but the article did imply that all of Mexico's problems are the "Gabachos" fault.

Another thing that I hate is the term "Gabachos". I'm of European decent but I was born here in America, that makes me an American. Everyone in the American Continents had descendants that came originally from the African and Asian Continents - yes even "Mexicans" aren't originally from here or a pure race. The author of this column is an obvious racist and veils it in every column. Westword should get rid of this garbage.

Draconisnoir_64
Draconisnoir_64

I guess we could replace it with something by Rush Limbaugh, since that obviously would be so much better. Get rid of the racist you don't like with one that's even worse, as long as he spouts non sense you agree with.

 
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