Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico"

Weeks later, the usual xenophobic rubes are still foaming at the mouth over Mexican presidente Calderon's statement that "Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico" in his 2 Sept 2007 State of the Nation address.

Allow me to clarify for the simple-minded. "Mexico" can refer to two things:

  1. The United States of Mexico, a sovereign republic located south of the USA.
  2. The Mexican nation, sometimes called La Raza

The former is limited to providing consular assistance outside its borders. The latter is an idea, a sense of identity, and has no borders.

The anti-immigrant Right is prone to distort meanings and invent outright lies (listen to them talk about criminal tendencies among immigrants!), consider this yet another one. Calderon made a statement of solidarity with the Mexican nation overseas, and the boors are taking it to mean that a developing state is trying to conquer the world.

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