A Case for Taco Trucks on Every Corner
“My culture is a very dominant culture, and it’s imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.” — Marco Gutierrez, Latinos for Trump founder
I grew up in San Antonio, which according to Google, has 135,000 taco trucks. Here are phenomena that I didn’t see much of in San Antonio, but see plenty of elsewhere in America:
- Family members are expendable. Divorces out of sheer boredom, siblings who go years without talking to each other over petty arguments. They all seem like a complete waste of energy to me. Is your family member Charles Manson? Are they physically or mentally harmful to you? No? Then maybe you should all work on it. Hard to feel safe when you can’t even depend on your own relatives for help.
- People often see their jobs and monetary worth as their identity to the world. They think this impresses me, but I just wonder if they will end up sick, dead, and alone. For the most part, people didn’t work obsessively in San Antonio. It was not a strong cultural value. It’s because we valued spending time with our families and friends.
- Food seems bland.
Oh wait, there’s a man who represents all three of these values:
America can be a weird place. It strikes me as unnatural and unhealthy to be this individualistic. We should not give bonuses to people for conning sick or desperate people out of money. Family members are not expendable — if you don’t take care of your family, who will? Trump’s daddy gave him the means be a jerk to his former wives and varying families, members of his own community, and basically every human who disagrees with him. For the rest of us though, being part of a family and a community is an actual economic necessity for survival. It is not just unethical to abandon this thinking — it is foolish.
Is it emphasis on family and community values that make Mexicans happier than Americans? Or is there a simple truth we’re missing…