Dear Mexican: When World War II ended, the Germans and Japanese had to return all the territories they had acquired by force. The U.S. acquired most of the West by force from Mexico, due to the war with them. It’s agreed that the U.S. won that war, but did that make it right? I do not think so, so why doesn’t Mexico go to the World Court and sue? I know the U.S. won’t acquiesce if it were to lose, but at least the taking of Mexican territories 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?)—and raised in Virginia, another state that knows a lot about being un-American (again, the Civil War), and Washington, D.C., whose citizens have less 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. —Bob
Dear Beto: 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. Signed under duress, yes, but nevertheless relatively iron-clad. 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 v. United States, where the court correctly ruled that the U.S. illegally supported the Contras, only to have Reagan consider the decision as meaningful as striking air-traffic controllers. Finally, why bother with legal systems when demographic reality is doing it for us? Didja 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 happen and 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, and the ones who are Mexican 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. —Curioso Amarillo
Dear Curious Yellow: Because they are LOUD. Funny thing is that the Spanish language generally capitalizes words less than English does, so we can’t blame the all-caps on their Mexi side, for once, or for the fact that sOmE wRiTe lIkEa tHiS.
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