U.S. Navy destroyer stops four Mexicans rowing towards
The Captain gets on the loud-hailer and shouts, “Ahoy,
small craft. Where are you headed?”
One of the Mexicans puts down his oar, stands up, and
shouts, “We are invading the United States of America to
reclaim the territory taken by the USA during the 1800’s.”
The entire crew on the destroyer doubles over in
laughter. When the Captain finally catches his breath, he
gets back on the loud-hailer and asks, “Just the four of
The same Mexican stands up again and shouts, “No,
we’re the last four. The other 12 million are already
I wish progressive Americans could learn the lessons our dear friends from Texas learned.
While my husband was in the Air Force, we met our best friends during that time period while both Airmen were in training on the Gulf coast. They were Americans but called themselves, ‘Chicanos’. Actually, their parents had come to the US in the early 1800’s, much earlier than many of my own ancestors, some of whom came from Germany in the early 1900’s.
Our friends considered themselves Mexican-Americans but with the emphasis on Mexican. They spoke Spanish a lot in front of us which was rude but we loved them. We were all in the same situation during the Viet Nam War era.
Years later, they told us of our friend’s trip to Mexico, his ‘homeland’. He went with several friends. Unfortunately, they got to drinking in a hotel there, and burned down the hotel. They were thrown in jail.
Our friend’s wife had to get food to him since the government in Mexico does not feed the prisoners. He was ‘stuck’ there for quite a long time and his family tried everything trying to get him out. Finally, they raised enough money to get him released. Everyone had to be bribed…
We felt very bad for our friend. But we’ve often talked about his experience, wondering if he still felt the same alliance with his ‘homeland’. See, the food is the same, the language is the same, the physical features of the people are the same as our friends’. However, the rights and responsibilities are not the same. The freedoms in the US and the justice system are not the same. (At least it wasn’t the same then.)
We just wonder…