[¡Ask a Mexican!®] To Be a Padrino Is to Be Screwed

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans havepadrinos for everything? I never understood why; can you help me out?

The Godfather Fan

Dear Wab: Many gabachos have long wondered about the galaxy of godparents that surrounds Mexicans from birth to death, but it's no misterio. Ostensibly, godparents (padrinois a godfather, madrina is a godmother, and padrinos means "godparents") are individuals who take a solemn vow during a Catholic Church service to look after someone about to undergo a sacrament, whether a friend's baptized child, a teen on the brink of First Communion, or a bride and groom needing someone to pay for the tiered sheet cake at their wedding banquet. GabachoCatholics and other non-Papists also feature similar pseudo-kinship traditions, but few play the padrino card as well as Mexicans. Beyond religion, we've set up an ingenious system: Whenever there's an occasion that requires a party—whether it be a weekend carne asada, charity baseball game for a hometown benefit association, birthday, or another day dodging la migra—Mexicans will ask their friends to be a padrino of a material item not so much to sanctify a deeper relationship between the two, but because the party holder's just too damn cheap to pay for everything. The prospective padrino is always screwed, since to deny someone's godfather invitation creates enmity that fades away only with a shootout or a case of Budweiser. Nevertheless, the compadrazgo system remains important since it binds families through thick and thin, and we all know how thin times have historically been in Mexico—unless, of course, you're Carlos Slim.


Why is it that Mexicans accept lower salaries than their legal or American counterparts? Example: One contractor in Columbus, Georgia, told my son that he could hire 20 Mexicans for the same price he would have to pay my son! I know this is a racist comment, but it does seem that someone accepting $6 per hour, compared to an American who usually gets double the money illegals accept, is always going to come up short. Is this practice used to force legals and Americans out of the job market? I sincerely think that if everyone asks for the same pay, there would not be this problem with immigration.

Beaners On My Mind

Dear Gabacho: Yours is a question that the American workingman has asked of the tempest-tost since the days of Miles Standish. And the answer isn't a pretty one: socialism. Sorry, Beaners On My Mind, but the only true way to stem Mexicans and their illegal brethren from invading our shores isn't through pie-in-the-cielo fences or harsh legislation, but rather the institution of an economic system that ensures companies won't underpay or relocate offshore to the Promised Land of no regulations. America has prospered specifically because such a system doesn't exist in this country; instead, the Founding Fathers encouraged an economy in which citizens had to compete against rapacious businessmen from the top and undercutting immigrants from below. In the past, such struggles motivated American workers to form unions, secure employee rights, create the eight-hour workday and hustle. Today? The only scratches on the ample Know Nothing belt are high ratings for Lou Dobbs and a continual, wussy whine.

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sarah.fuentez828

I just want to say THANK YOU!!!! I cannot stand the way they are taking over everything!!!! I am always getting critized for being of hispanic desent. I was made, born, and raised in the United States. I am so sick and tired of places catering to Mexicans. I have flat out refused to work at a job before because they wanted me to learn spanish. My response NO THANK YOU. I'm sorry but if you are going to make the effort and be here and take jobs from the people here learn the language and the way we do things. I cannot believe the amount of them that get mad at me for not speaking spanish "I should be ashamed." I have one thing to say to that yea kiss my you know what!!! I just look around then back at them and smile. Then in as nice of a tone as I can manage say I'm sorry I thought I took a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico because you wanted me to speak spanish. My bad you must have been talking to somebody else because I am still in the United States of English people come on now.

 
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