OUR LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY PROFESSOR AT USC USED TO TAKE US TO EL TEPEYAC CAF , IN BOYLE HEIGHTS, TO MEET AND CHAT WITH ANCIENT VETERANS OF PANCHO VILLA'S HOMERIC BATTLE AGAINST ALVARO OBREGON, THE BATTLE OF CELAYA (April 6-15, 1915).
When you thought of Mexico in those halcyon days, you thought of courage not corruption, courage not consumerism, courage not victimhood. Mexicans were not seen as whining victims of La Migra but as the revolutionaries who made the Homeric cavalry charges at Celaya.
VILLA' ARMY WAS CALLED, EL DIVISI N DEL NORTE, the Division of the North, elite horsemen and crack shots who could fire from a galloping horse, reload and fire again with killing accuracy. They were on par with Cossack cavalry or Apaches or Comanche. They were the best extant in 1915.
The Battle of Celaya was not one battle, but a series of battles in which Villa hurled his superb cavalry at Obregon's entrenched machine guns of overlapping fire. The Battle of Celaya was a series of Pickett's Charge on horseback, nine days of Mexican Charges of the Light Brigade. Again and again, Villa's men went forward until the last charge could not move because the ground had turned to mud, so much blood had been added to the soil; so many dead horses were strewn on the field, the last cavalry charge could not move forward.
WE SAT THERE MESMERIZED BY THE STORIES OF THE ANCIENT VETERANS OF CELAYA. THEY WERE MOST PROUD OF Las Soldaderas, THE FEMALE SOLDIERS OF THE REVOLUTION, WHO WALKED BY THEIR MEN INTO BATTLE. IN MEXICO, THERE HAD BEENA PAROXYSM OF COMMUNAL COURAGE. IN THE MEXICO OF CELAYA, MEXICO DID NOT RAPE AND SLAUGHTER ITS WOMEN, AS IT DOES IN MODERN, CONSUMERISM FUELED MEXICO.
AS A BY-PRODUCT OF THE COURAGE OF THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION, MEXICO BECAME COOL, RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY LEON TROTSKY AND SPANISH FILM DIRECTOR LUIS BUNUEL MOVED THERE.
MEXICANS VALUED INTEGRITY AND DIGNITY ABOVE CONSUMERISM; THEY DID NOT MIGRATE FROM MEXICO, THE LAND OF DIGNITY AND INTEGRITY. PEOPLE MIGRATED TO MEXICO BECAUSE OF MEXICANDIGNITY AND INTEGRITY.
MEXICAN FILM EXPLODED, BECOMING ONE OF THE FINEST FILM ARTS IN THE WORLD. IT FEATURED THE GREAT DIRECTOR/ACTOR EMILIO "EL INDIO' FERNANDEZ, DOLORES DEL RIO AND PEDRO ARMEND RIZ. THEIR FILM "MARIA CANDELARIA WON GRAND PRIZE AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ".
I FIRST SAW DOLORES DEL RIO AND PEDRO ARMEND RIZ IN JOHN FORD'S FILM, THE FUGITIVE, WHICH IS ABOUT THE PERSECUTION OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS BY THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT OFPRESIDENT CALLAS, A SOCIAL TOPIC STUDIOUSLY AVOIDED BY THE CURRENT CROP OF CONSUMER FUELED MEXICAN DIRECTORS, ALFONSO CUAR N , and . But then again, Mexican Directors in 2013 avoid ALL social issues studiously.
Del Rio was stunning, dignity and purity in beauty, Mexican beauty.
I began to study Mexico, and its culture.
I was first intrigued by Tlacaelel, the Machiavellian consigliore of the Aztec Empire, who guided both the foundation and expansion of that empire. He lived to be 90, in 15th Century Mexico, he LIVED TO BE 90.
CONVENIENTLY FOR CORTES, TLACAELEL DIED BEFORE CORTES INVADED. IF TLACAELEL HAD BEEN ALIVE WHEN CORTES INVADED, MEXICO WOULD STILL BE SPEAKING Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.
Tlacaelel lived for 90 years, and just when the Aztec Empire needed him the most, he was dead, the terrible irony of history.
MY INTEREST WAS FURTHER WHETTED BY THE BOOK, THE CHILDREN OF SANCHEZ, A BOOK BY AMERICAN ABOUT A FAMILY LIVING IN THE SLUM OF ,.DUE TO THE CRITICISMS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY REGARDING THE (PRI) government. the book was banned in Mexico.."
However, what really whetted my interest in modern Mexican consumerism was an incident in a small Mexican village. There, the locals had lynched a local priest because he would not declare an odd event a miracle. The villagers had plans to establish a tourist industry based on that declared so-called miracle.The priest had denied them their path to more consumerism, so jhe was killed, consumerism over faith.
Thecurrent crop of Mexican illegal aliens are not of the stuff of the men and women who charged the guns at Celaya but are of the stock who lynched the priest.
21STCENTURY MEXICANS ARE NOW THE MOST RAVENOUS CONSUMERS IN ALL THE WORLD; RATHER THAN STAY TO FIGHT MASS MURDERERS IN JUAREZ, OR THE DRUG CARTELS OR BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN IN MEXICO, THEY ABANDON THEIR NATIVE COUNTRY.
They abandon Mexico, for which the men of the Division of the North bled out, to come to America to BUY THINGS.
CONSUMERISM HAS MADE MEXICANS INTO HYPOCRITES. THEY HAVE WILLINGLY AND FEROCIOUSLY ABANDONED THEIR INDIAN BLOOD. THEY GIVE LIP SERVICE TO THEIR INDIAN CULTURE, BUT IN REALITY THEY ARE SNAKES SHREDDING THEIR INDIAN SKIN FOR CONSUMERISM. DIEGO RIVERA, THE CHAMPION OF THE MEXICAN INDIOS, THE ARTIST WHO DID THE MURALS AT THE NATIONAL PALACE MUST BE TURNING OVER IN HIS GRAVE..
No longer is Emilio Fernandez, El Indio, their proud self image, now it is Jorge Ramos. Mexican illegal aliens do not identify with Emilio Fernandez but with Jorge Ramos, who abandoned Mexico, for what? More money? Did the men and women who died at Celaya die for Jorge Ramos to make more money in America?
They died in the thought that Mexicans would make Mexico a great nation, not migrate away for mas dinero.
This denial of their Indian heritage has turned into madness in Mexico:
"MEXICO CITY -- Irma Lopez, a Mazatec Indian, waited to receive attention at a medical clinic in Oaxaca, but her labor pains became overwhelming. Spurned by the nurses, she retreated outdoors -- and abruptly gave birth to a baby boy on the hospital lawn.
A few days later, it was revealed that two other pregnant indigenous women had also been turned away from Oaxaca hospitals, one of whom also delivered on the lawn, and that a fourth woman had been forced to have her baby on the reception floor at a hospital in Puebla.
On Oct. 6, yet another woman, Susana Hernandez, of the indigenous Tzotzil community in Chiapas state, died after childbirth in what relatives and maternal rights advocates say may have been medical negligence.
The cases have underlined the inferior treatment often given to Mexico's indigenous communities, especially women. They have prompted new demands for greater access to healthcare, especially for Mexico's poor, and, unusually, have resulted in punishment for several hospital managers.
.According to the most recent data from the national statistics institute, 72.3% of indigenous Mexicans live in poverty..
Lopez, 29, had arrived at the hospital in San Felipe Jalapa de Diaz in Oaxaca state early in the morning on Oct. 2. Labor pains had already started, she later said, but the nurse refused to admit her. After about an hour and a half, and without having been attended to, Lopez stepped outside. And there her baby was bornit turned out that such treatment was far from unique. Oaxaca officials reported that two other women in the last six months had been refused attention at local hospitals and were forced to give birth outside.
Initially, authorities at Lopez's hospital offered several excuses, at one point saying she didn't speak Spanish and couldn't make herself understood. In fact, as she proved in interviews with reporters, she speaks perfectly intelligible Spanish ..Los Angeles Times. "
Perhaps Jorge Ramos should not have abandoned the plight of his native Mexico to come to America to buy more things and fight for Amnesty for illegal aliens and Obamacare; perhaps Jorge Ramos should have stayed in his native Mexico and fought the good fight for los indios as a Mexican patriot would have done.
I WENT TO SEE THE MEXICAN FILM, INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, "VALENTIN IS ACAPULCO'S RESIDENT PLAYBOY - UNTIL A FORMER FLING LEAVES A BABY ON HIS DOORSTEP AND TAKES OFF WITHOUT A TRACE " THE CHILD IN THE FILM WAS NOT A CLONE OF DOLORES DEL RIO, ORA DAUGHTER OFLa Soldaderas , but Loreto Peralta, who seemingly dropped off the BRADY BUNCH blond girl assembly line.
This Blog assumes that Mexican illegal aliens find it more joyful to buy consumer products for a Mexican kid who looks like Loreto Peralta than one who looks like a child of Sanchez.
The Mexicans have a proverb, Mexico suffers because it is so far from God, and so close to the United States.
The only American qualities that Mexican illegal aliens have bought into are being blond and consumerism. Seemingly for those two arcane buy-ins, America must offer up amnesty to them?
" .Used to be, a Latina celebrating her coming of age chose a group of relatives, buddies and, sometimes, a boyfriend to be the tuxedo-clad escorts -- chambel nes -- at her 15th-birthday party. These young men would follow her father in a waltz and, later, a baile sorpresa (surprise dance).
But Elvia had chosen Jorge, a boy she had recently met in PE class, to be her chambel n de honor. And in an even bigger step away from tradition, she was paying him to dance with her.
A thin girl who wears her waist-length black hair braided to one side, Elvia admits she is timid. She was nervous about her dancing, so she decided it was worth paying for the peace of mind that comes with having an escort who feels confident on the dance floor.
For two months of practice and performing at her quincea era, Jorge will make $150. He will attend her quincea era Mass, ride along in the limousine to the party and go out of his way to make a good impression when he meets her mother .Elvia admits -- through a giggle -- that picking Jorge was easy: Unlike the other guys, he's more than a head taller than she is.
Elvia's quincea era wasn't going to be the kind of party where nana and tata offered their backyard as a venue and an older prima showed up a few hours early to paint her nails.
The pressure for perfection has transformed the look -- and price tag -- of the once-humble parties. And that has seen more and more young girls ditching traditional escorts for sharper-skilled professionals. Getting to handpick boys who they think are cuter than their friends is the added bonus.
To actress Isabella Wall, the so-called "Fairy Godmother" of quincea eras, the ability to rent a chambel n exemplifies the picture-perfect parties that many girls strive for today.
"EVERYTHING IS ABOUT FANTASY," SHE SAYS. "SHE GROWS UP AND BECOMES A PRINCESS AND THE PRINCE COMES ALONG AND IT'S LIKE A HAPPY ENDING TO A FAIRY TALE." .IN MAY, DISNEY LAUNCHED A PRINCESS-THEMED QUINCEA ERAS DRESS LINE WITH GOWNS EXPECTED TO SELL FOR AS MUCH AS $999.
....WHEN MANUEL CASTA ON, A LOCAL QUINCEA ERA EXPERT OF SORTS, REFLECTS ON HOW MUCH THE CELEBRATIONS HAVE CHANGED IN FOUR DECADES, HE RUNS HIS FINGERS THROUGH HIS SALT-AND-PEPPER HAIR AND SHAKES HIS HEAD.
"I remember my cousins' quincea eras. Simple venues, simple white dresses -- maybe pink," says Casta on, who owns Quince Primaveras Magazine and makes most of his money photographing the events. "Now the parties are super huge, super glamorous." .
Casta on says the mounting extravagance is often rooted in a girl's one-upmanship competition with her friends and in an immigrant mother's desire to give her daughter a party she missed out on because money was too tight back then. He says some of his clients even consider mortgaging their homes to pay for the parties and many others go into debt.
"You'll spend 10 years paying off a four-hour party," he says, shaking his head.
And perhaps nothing reflects that bigger-and-better complex quite as vividly as renting dance partners. He says he first noticed the trend about four years ago, adding that he finds the impermanence of it all strange and a bit sad.
"They're just there for the practices and the party and then they're gone," he said. "But forever captured in your pictures is a guy you'll never ever see again in your life."And yet he knows that there are perks -- especially for the guys.
"Honestly, it's good business," he says. "Good money."
Jorge is just getting his start. Others make a lot more.
Choreographer Alberto Sanchez often charges $2,000 for a package deal. That covers nine practices with four or five escorts -- and their tuxedos, says the 22-year-old, who danced in about 60 quincea eras himself before he got too old. When he goes to parties, Sanchez keeps an eye out for guys who look like they're having fun. He approaches them afterward and offers them a job. They usually take it.
Sanchez jokes that all of his potential clients ask the same three questions: Are they hot? Do they have blue or green eyes? And are they tall?
Back at the banquet hall, Elvia's mom, Milca Urquiza, snips pieces of ribbon for decorations and processes the idea of paying someone to dance with her daughter.
"What can I say? This is new to me," she says. "But things change and, well, nothing's free in this world."
Her husband is a plumber and she's been out of work for four years -- she sells tamales to get by. Covering the party's $16,000 price tag wasn't easy, she says, sighing. But her friends and family pitched in, and she started saving a couple of years back.
"I've been doing this little by little," she says. The wrinkles of her furrowed brow smooth out and she smiles. "But it's all to make my daughter's dreams a reality.".. Los Angeles Times."
American society must be forewarned, we are importing adherents of a philosophy that accepts, perhaps glorifies, mortgaging one's home for a PARTY rather than mortgaging one's home for a college education.
Faced with American materialism and consumerism, Mexican Magical Realism has morphed into a monster, a Godzilla of one upmanship consumerism. If we amnesty these people, we will be importing not hard workers but MAD consumers, to what purpose, making Disney more money?
DOESN'T America already have enough greedy and foolish native born Americans? Must we import more?
Perhaps as a condition of amnesty, the Rubio Amnesty bill should outlaw the quincea era, just as the Chinese outlawed opium use, just as the British outlawed the suttee, for the well being of Mexican immigrants, legal and illegal. It is madness to mortgage one's house for a one day party, and it must be stopped.
IN THE LIFETIME OF PEOPLE LIVING IN 2013, MEXICO WAS KNOWN FOR HAVING THE GREATEST PATRIOTS IN THE WORLD, A NATION OF Las Soldaderas. NOW MEXICO IS KNOWN FOR EXPORTING GREEDY, SELF RIGHTEOUS, DEMANDINGCONSUMERS, LIKE JORGE RAMOS, MEN WHO WOULD RATHER FLUTTER THEIR EYES IN AMERICA THAN FIGHT FOR THE WELL BEING OF THEIR NATIVE COUNTRY, MEXICO.
JORGE RAMOS IS NOT WORTHY OF CLEANING THE LATRINES OFEL DIVISI N DEL NORTE; MEXICANS WOULD HAVE BEEN ASHAMED, AND SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIS ABANDONMENT OF HIS NATION FOR GREED.
OUR NEXT BLOG WILL DISCUSS THOSE SHALLOW HEROES, THE DREAMERS NINE.
PEDRO ARMEND RIZ AND DOLORES DEL RIO REPRESENTING GREAT MEXICO
Loreto Peralta representing Disneyland modern Mexico
EL DIVISI N DEL NORTE BEFORE THE BATLLE OF CELAYA
The Division of the North on the way to the Homeric battle,THE BATTLE OF CELAYA
The proud women, when Mexico was proud
The Mexican icon, Emilio Fernandez, el Indio
the non patriotic Mexican who left home to fight for amnesty in America, Jorge Ramos