Demographic realities trump legal systems
When the Second World War ended, the Germans and Japanese had to return all territories they had acquired by force. The United States acquired most of the West from Mexico by force — the United States won the war with Mexico, but did that make it right? Why does Mexico not go to the World Court and sue? I know the United States wouldn’t acquiesce if it lost, but at least the taking of Mexican territory would be branded an illegal act. I know that, to some, this will sound un-American, but I think it is totally American — it’s called righting a wrong. I was born in Alabama, a state that knows a lot about being un-American (remember the Civil War?); raised in Virginia, another state that knows a lot about being un-American (again, the Civil War); and Washington, D.C., whose citizens have fewer rights than other Americans. My heritage is English-Irish, so the only ax I have to grind is to see to it that my country commits as few wrongs as possible.
I like your thinking! Alas, it wouldn’t fly. Although the Mexican-American War was a blatant imperial land grab, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was an official document that ended the war. It was signed under duress, yes, but was nevertheless relatively ironclad. Besides, the United States considers the International Court of Justice a clown court (as you correctly note), whose issued opinions mean mierda if they go against the Stars and Stripes. (See 1984’s Nicaragua vs. United States, where the court correctly ruled that the United States illegally supported the Contras, only to have Reagan consider the decision as meaningful as the striking air-traffic controllers.) Finally, why bother with legal systems when demographic reality is doing it for us? Did ya hear that former U.S. Census director Steve Murdoch recently studied the population trends of Texas and told the state’s House of Representatives’ Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, “Basically, it’s over for Anglos in Texas”? That’s the future, folks: the end of the gabacho race. And the Mexican says it’s a good thing — not so much for Reconquista purposes but because that just means more intermarriage will finish our racialist games once and for all. Because nothing stops racism like a hot mamacita or a cute, fecund gabacha.
I have a few online gal pals. The ones who are Mexicans have an affinity for composing mail in ALL CAPS. It doesn’t particularly annoy me; I just wondered if there is a cultural significance behind this larger-than-life correspondence style.
Dear Curious Yellow:
Because they are LOUD. The funny thing is, the Spanish language generally uses capitalization less than English, so we can’t blame the caps on their Mexi side, for once, or for the fact that sOmE wRiTe lIkE tHiS.
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