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American Culture Vs Mexican Culture – Immigration

My last post discussed how I feel about Immigration and that I want to really focus my writing on the, so-called, “problems” concerning Immigration. My friend Jason has been the only one to post to the discussion so far and I want to elaborate more on my thoughts about the notion of an inherent “American culture” that he has made reference to on a few occasions.

The idea of American culture seems to be a loose term that is thrown around, well…loosely. It seems to me that there is a paradigm of American culture being an established phenomenon – an entity that has proven itself to be a force to on its own. To me, this is very dangerous and irresponsible.

The United States of America is two and a quarter centuries old. This is barely enough time for bacteria to create culture, much less humans. Culture is defined, loosely, by some anthropoligists as “the way of life for an entire society.” (the Wikipedia article is quite comprehensive) Culture includes such things as a society’s food, music, individual appearances, art, language and many more cultural indicators. The important thing that, I think, needs to be realized about the U.S. of A. is that all of the cultural indicators in our society are actually not ours. Every part of our culture is an adaptation on imported cultural indicators. This means that, inherently, American culture borrows from all the people that came here and is the sum of all imported cultures within.

This is why I disagree with the notion that Mexican Immigrants, legal or illegal, are “enforcing thier culture on Americans”. If anything they are adding to it; enriching it; making it better, more valuable – summing up to be greater than it would be without them.

Most Mexican Immigrants are illegal. I am not disputing this. What I do dispute, however, is that they are here unwanted and unneeded. Throughout history humans have proven that when there is an excess of a certain resource, consumption will increase as a result. When we find alot of crude oil, we increase our gasoline consumption; when we increase our burnable Watts per day, we leave our lights on longer or use the air conditioning. Well, over the past 15 years or so, there has been an excess in cheap labor. As a result, American Capitolism has increased its consumption on it and there are industries that, without those Mexican laborers, would fold and turn into ghost industries. Infrastructure with no subjects to take advantage of it. A toolbox without a mechanic. A kitchen without a cook. A kingdom with no king. That, in and of itself, is the antithesis of American Capitolism.

I say we need Mexican Immigrants. I think that instead of criminalizing them like we have Marijuana (we can all see how successful that War has been), we should be accepting them into our society with open arms. Lay out a pathway to citizenship. Let them pay into the system that they benefit from. Imagine if we had sent the Irish and the Chinese back to thier country of origin: the gold ruch would still be happening and we would still have railroad systems trying to connect the two coasts! With Mexican Immigrants we have the capacity to grow beyond our wildest dreams. They can help us just as we can help them.

Aside from the obvious benefits of embracing the Mexican Diaspora of the turn of this last century, there are other considerations as well. Such as the idea that only hard working, ethically driven Mexicans make the jump (pardon the pun) to American civilization. Mexicans who dream of a better life for thier children. Mexicans who want to become educated. Mexicans who want to learn the language, pay thier taxes and contribute to this wonderful society come to this country. The ones that don’t want to come stay in Mexico. That means that (I must thank Carlos Mencia for this idea) the United states has all the best Mexicans! The best Englishmen left the Brittain for America. The best Italians, Germans, Swedes, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Polish, Russians, Irish, if I’ve missed anyone I apologize. And as far as Africans go (once again thank you Carlos) we got the best ones. Since thier cousins sold them into slavery (which is pretty messed up and I wouldn’t want to go back to a place like that either) they have had nothing but problems. Eastern Europe hasn’t been able to win a war since we left! The point is that everyone should watch the Carlos Mencia Live DVD and realize that he makes an excellent point – only people with vision and imagination realize that this is the best country in the world. So they come here to join and reap the rewards. We work harder and produce more than any country in the history of time because we will take anyone. If we stop now we will doom ourselves.

I will end this article with a short story of a Illegal Mexican immigrant that I know. For our purposes we will call him Juan.

Juan is about 65 years old. He has two jobs. He doesn’t have any degrees and he is an unskilled laborer. He has two different jobs at two different restaraunts. Today I learned that, on average, he works a 72 hour work week. All manual labor. He bought a house four years ago in one of the most desirable parts of South Minneapolis. His house has gone up in value at a steady rate of more than 4% per year.

I don’t know about you, but to me, he doesn’t sound like someone who is lazy, worthless or incompetent. To me he just sounds too busy to enroll in ESL classes. He’s too busy WORKING and PAYING PROPERTY TAXES! Which is something that many natural born American Citizens can’t seem to get motivated enough to do.

5 September, 2006 8:07 PM Posted by | LEGALIZE IT!!!, Music reviews, Pat Robertson Watch, We don't need no educations | 29 Comments