Politically Insurrect. Column by Miguel Omaña. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.

5 reasons why my country is indeed a shithole

Politically Insurrect.

Opinion column.

Amid the confusion of whether such word was even uttered by President Donald Trump when allegedly referring to African nationes, one thing I can assure you — my country is indeed a shithole.

Headlines can be sensationalized and biased click baits. We know it from this latest American fiasco, where two parties are fighting it out to see who wins the headline wars. But curiously enough, Jimmy Kimmel, CNN, the Guardian, and other media outlets and celebrities are ignoring the fact that Mexico was just deemed — yet again — as dangerous as Syria or Yemen.

Outside the United States there are bad places where corruption is the currency, the daily killing of women a given, and poverty the greatest disease. And I’m talking most of the globe. I for one can not talk with certainty of other countries but my own — and this can’t be denied by Jake Tapper or any other attention seeker. So I will explain why Mexico is a shithole.

Whatever good and beauty Mexico has (and it surely has a lot — tell me about, I love blogging and photographing it) undoubtly has nothing to do with the current state of this crippled nation. But the country in general, if we make a balance, is in deplorable shape. SJW’s, hippies, Super Bowl commercial lovers, and SNL cast… you’ve been warned of how I will tackle this.

And it is quite simple. You can analize my country as a state (government apparatus and its way of governance), as a culture (the way Mexican people behave, customs, and trends), as its laws (what are the rules, and how they are enforced and judged), its territory (the land and resources it comprises) and historiography (the way one sees history):


The different levels of government in Mexico have failed. Not only entire parts of Mexico are under no-man’s land, but others are part of cacicazgo or a similar form of feudal lordship (if you will) under dangerous governors. Mayors and city councils organize like Chicago mobs from the movies — literally. The federal government has become all-powerful that it has become obsolete or useless to regain control of things — assuming they want to regain control instead of creating the chaos. The only part of the state that has remained steadfast — mostly — has been the Mexican military.

This sense of things getting out of hand comes from the inability for any government to take action. They do take action to fill the union’s pockets or gamble on candidates as if it was a game. All money comes from the heavily taxed Mexican people. And the same people who pay for their luxurious travels in Europe, yachts, Russian girlfriends, and Disney-like mansions live in impoverished conditions. Mexicans are killed daily by common thefts or war, many parents and siblings die under the guns sent by Obama — too me that’s way more racist.


Once a people who made astronomical calculations and created incredible engineering prowess now fall slowly but surely into a dark abyss of ignorance, broken families, admiration for crime, and ultimately a broken society.

This has made society unable to function properly anymore. We Mexicans always boast to be a community-centered people. Not any more. We Mexicans had always put family first, no matter what. Not any more. We believe we are clever and have a unique ingenuity — after all, we made life hacks way before they were made popular by YouTubers. Not anymore.

But to me the worst is the outcome, the broken society, unable to keep going it is stalled with female killings, kidnappings, cutting in line, teenage pregnancies, and an ever growing debauchery. People are actually enslaving other people for their organs or to sell to the best bidder, and this is happening not on a distant continent but next to the USA.

Social erosion has given way to weekly headlines here in Mexico of middle-schoolers performing oral sex in class, fathers killing their babies because they were crying too much, drunk politicians getting away with murder (for real), a governor or a mayor wanted by Interpol or the FBI, parties being interrupted by hitmen where everyone is killed for no reason. This is happening on a weekly basis.


The most complicated laws in the world, enforced by corrupt or prepotent police forces, and where judges are rarely seen or heard as the chupacabras. No really, here in Mexico there are no courts of law as in the US, Great Britain or other countries. And the Supreme Court only makes non sequitur laws while earning millions of dollars per year.

There is a gun ban. We have a lot of ban laws. And the more restrictions are put the less strengthen society is. There is a saying here in Mexico, that criminals are more protected by the law than the murdered or the raped. Laws are decorative, or only good intentions. The only functional laws are the organic laws which govern the inside of the government apparatus… or how else would they get paid?


Once a rich land Mexico is becoming a wasteland. Ecocide is the word for what is happening right now as you read these lines. Entire pine tree forests are destroyed, sacred mountains leveled to the ground, beaches and choral reefs contaminated beyond human repair, carte blanche to Canadian mining companies and Spanish natural gas entrepeneurs.

Mexicans have always lamented loosing Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Guatemala, and that eeny tiny bit of Colorado. Go figure what would it be of those impressive landscapes and gorgeous natural parks under such a mess. If you think Los Angeles is polluted, think again.


Mexicans think they are white, or can be white. It is an odd excenticity for a foreigner to comprehend and yet here lies a major issue of the Mexican people. For we have racism too — Mexicans insult native and black people.

The way Mexicans see it is that Mexico started when the Spanish came and conquered. That dangerous way of seeing history is what has fueled a lot of issues. The natural hatred between Spaniards and the English was passed to today’s Mexicans against Americans.

If you want to insult a Mexican — but really hit deep — is to remind him or her how the US “stole” (notice the quotes, please) half the Mexican territory than anything you may think. Mexico is stuck in the 19th century, while the rest of the world has moved on — we haven’t. This is in part because of how we see and understand historical processes. And Mexicans believe they should have retribution (for what, I don’t know) instead of working out ideas of how to improve whatever is left of Mexico.


To me this is not a model nation, to me this is a bad country — one that has mud and apparently loves mud by not trying to be better as their ancestors.


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