Buddy Jewell – “This Ain’t Mexico”

Brady Vercher | February 26th, 2008

Buddy Jewell Songwriters: Buddy Jewell and Al Sostrin

Buddy Jewell hopes to resuscitate his flagging career with his latest single, but for many his career may as well have ended. “This Ain’t Mexico” is an ignorant commentary on the issue of immigration–or invasion according to Jewell–backed by Mariachi inspired instrumentation, which makes it all the more insulting.

Social commentary in country music can be powerful, but only if the issues are given the thought they require. In this instance, Jewell just comes across as pandering to the perceived country music audience as he attempts to address the situation in absolute terms and speak for every red-blooded American while singing, “‘Cause this ain’t Mexico / Sorry partner, but we don’t hablo / We love margaritas, and them sizzlin’ fajitas / But we still remember the Alamo.” Let me get this straight, it’s alright to pick and choose elements from a certain culture as being acceptable, but perfectly fine to deny those people? And this crap about remembering the Alamo is simply a dumbed down catch phrase for the ignorant.

The Alamo was a battle in which Texians, white AND Hispanic, fought for their independence from Mexico, just like the United States did against England only sixty years prior in The American Revolution, and just like Mexico did against Spain. Texas was annexed by the U.S. nine years later and is no longer a nation. “Remember the Alamo” was and is a battle cry for Texans to remember the bravery of those who fought that battle, not for excluding a race of people from seeking freedom, and certainly not a rally cry for all of the U.S. citizens favoring deportation, never mind the fact that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants itself.

The truth is that in American society today, no single solution is going to appease everybody and extreme solutions are rarely ever the answer, except maybe in cases of egregious offenses. Deportation is not the answer nor is complete amnesty, rather the answer lies somewhere in between. The sentiments in the song are understandable to a degree, but the way in which they’re expressed reeks of racism and comes across as completely offensive. I can’t imagine a scenario in which a couple of songwriters get together and decide it’s a good idea to tell only Mexican immigrants to get out because this country is ours and then decide to back it by instrumentation typically associated with their culture. A situation like this requires a more thoughtful response than a dumbed down, arrogant, three and a half minute song. If radio hasn’t completely lost all sensibility, this song won’t get any airtime.

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  1. Zack
    February 26, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Wow…just wow. I really hate that he name-checks Johnny Rodriguez. How did this get released?

  2. Chris N.
    February 26, 2008 at 9:40 am

    This just makes me sad. It’s a sign of complete desperation.

  3. Brady Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Zack, the naming checking Johnny Rodriguez is just continuation of picking and choosing things from that culture to accept, although, Rodriguez was born in the U.S. and therefore is an American citizen just the same as anyone else, so it is odd to be mentioning him. Rodriguez is a pretty funny character to accept though, considering he’s always shooting himself in the foot. If you want to read a good book that has a little about the discovery of Johnny Rodriguez, check out One Ranger, an autobiography of Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson. I’m sure any Texas Ranger could string together a bunch of captivating stories, but Jackson’s book is especially interesting.

    Oh, and according to his MySpace, Jewell isn’t on a label, but we were tipped off to this release by a reader who wanted an honest review.

  4. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I think the songs speaks to what many people think and want to say. I don’t see it as a racist song.

    Hank JR has had some songs like this. “If the south would’ve won” comes to mind instantly. It was a tongue in cheek song about how things would be different if the south had won the civil war.

    Charlie Daniels also had a song I don’t remember the title but I do remember this verse. “We tell our kids just say no then same pantywaist judge lets the drug dealer go. If I had my way for people selling dope we’d take a tall tree and a short piece of rope”.

  5. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 10:39 am

    CCF, I agree that there are people who have certain points of view when it comes to immigration, but “agreeing” with those lyrics doesnt make it a good song or even a song with intelligent lyrics. “We remember the Alamo”?? You cant sit here and act like that’s a fair or even remotely intelligent lyric. If there are peole that think those thoughts and even want to say these things, as you suggested, it speaks more negatively on that individual than it does positively for this song. Brady is right that it is beyond ignorant to pick and choose the most superficial aspects of a culture to accept, and then manufcture other aspects of a cutlure (the alamo, johnny rodriguez) to bash or have fun with. If there is one thing worse than an obvious, desperate attempt at holding on to a career, its an ignorant, obvious and desperate attempt. It’s sad when such ignorance is worn as a patriotic badge.

  6. Brady Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 11:02 am

    CCF, I wrote this in the review: “The sentiments in the song are understandable to a degree, but the way in which they’re expressed reeks of racism and comes across as completely offensive.

    I can understand not wanting to foot the bill for illegal immigrants who don’t pay taxes, but I can’t fault them for seeking freedom or a better life for themselves or their children. And I can’t condone the ignorant way in which this song portrays the deportation side of the argument. Kelly makes a lot of good points if you read his comment.

    Hank Jr’s song isn’t comparable and you even mentioned it was tongue in cheek yourself. A song isn’t automatically about slavery or race because it mentions the civil war. The Charlie Daniels song isn’t comparable, either, as it only addresses injustices in society and not race, unless you think there isn’t such a thing as non-black drug dealers.

  7. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I didn’t say they were intelligent lyrics. I do think people should come to this country though legal channels. I do think illegal immigrants are costing this country money.

  8. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Fair enough, but you did validate the lyrics by claiming that they were thoughts that plenty of people have and things that plenty of people want to say and that is what i took issue with. Facts are facts, and yes immigration should be done legally in a perfect world, but lets not claim that Buddy Jewell actually cares one way or the other about it. He cares about pandering in order to save his job. In fact, if the peole that “agree” with this song would get out from under their rebel flag long enough and think about it, they should be offended that Jewell thinks his fans or listeners are so thick as to accept this as true social-political commentary…

  9. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I don’t think of the song as a social political commentary.
    As far as cutting the song to save his career, I think it is beyond saving. I would say 5 of ten will say the song is something they can agree with, especially in border states.

  10. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Cool, Iagree that it isnt, but I think you underestimate how many people will agree with it because they “feel” the same way, thus making it socio-political commentary for them anyway…

    I live in Texas and you may be right about 5 out of 10 border state dwellers “agreeing” with the song, but again, what are they agreeing with? Are they agreeing with what the song is actually saying in its lyric or with what they determine the song means? If they are agreeing that “we remember the Alamo”, what is that worth? If they agree that illegal immigration is bad, does that make the song not suck?

  11. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I’m saying most will be feed up with paying for the free ride the illegal are getting and costing this country.

  12. Chris N.
    February 26, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I’m sure some right-wing morning-zoo DJs will play it, but I sure can’t see this rescuing Buddy’s career. Songs this divisive get a momentary burst of publicity followed by a great big nothing.

    And it really doesn’t matter where you stand on this issue, the song is pretty awful — badly written, woefully misconceived pedantic junk that would be terrible no matter what position it was espousing. (Buy a metaphor, folks.) As I’ve said many times here about many songs, just because you relate to a song doesn’t make it a good song.

  13. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Amen Chris! My point all along has been about the song, not the issue. I can write words about me loving my son or wife that the whole world can relate to, but that doesnt make it good (it would make it generic, most likely).

  14. hairandtoenails
    February 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Kelly and Chris N. both make a great point. Wherever you stand on the issue, these lyrics don’t cut it.

    I don’t see what fajitas, margaritas or the Alamo has to do with the current debates over immigration.

  15. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    No the lyrics don’t cut it but the issue of illegal immigration rings true.

  16. Lucas
    February 26, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Next time try reviewing the song, I could care less about political opinion.

  17. Mike
    February 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I think the song is very racist either way you stand on the issue. I am guessing this isn’t being released on a major label? If Buddy Jewell was popular right now would he even release something like this?

  18. Leeann
    February 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    “I can understand not wanting to foot the bill for illegal immigrants who don’t pay taxes, but I can’t fault them for seeking freedom or a better life for themselves or their children. And I can’t condone the ignorant way in which this song portrays the deportation side of the argument.”

    So many good points were made here, especially Brady’s comment, I don’t even know where to start!

    I don’t think this song represents five out of ten people’s view on immigration. He’s just taking a nasty tone that panders to an issue that keeps coming up in the news cycle since we’re coming up on an election. I don’t really need to say more on the content of this song, because it has already been well said here.

    As for Lucas’ request for a song review rather than political commentary, here’s mine. It sucks! Buddy is hardly singing here. The horns work well in “Ring of Fire”, but are dumb in this song. The tune is dull…need I say more?

    There! I didn’t even have to comment on the politics. The song is just bad all around…not to mention the lyrics…which is a huge part of a song, by the way. As Kelly said, “I can write words about me loving my son or wife that the whole world can relate to, but that doesnt make it good (it would make it generic, most likely).”

    Sorry Lucas, I couldn’t help but go back to the political message of the song, after all.

  19. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Lucas, dude. In this case, the song and political opinion go hand in hand. If you look at the above comments, only one person keeps going on about whats right and wrong on that issue without adressing the song itself. the review, along with the majority of comments have adressed the lyrics, which are politically slanted. your simplistic request is an impossibility in this case…

  20. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    BTW, using the wannabe mariachi horns is lame too. Buddy,dont belittle the contributions of another culture and then try and rip it off….

  21. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Leeann,

    You don’t think 5 out of ten people are feed up with illegals getting a free ride and us paying for it?

  22. Jim Malec
    February 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    How are these so-called “illegals” getting a “free ride”? There is nothing free about living lives that most of us would consider absolute poverty.

  23. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    right jim, and these folks are also working most of the jobs that americans would consider beneath them. I dont mean to speak in generalities, but that is true in many many cases.

  24. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm
  25. Hollerin' Ben
    February 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Lucas
    I know you like to play the contrarian, but when the song opens up by saying “there’s a big debate in the country and here’s my opinion”, most any review of the song will take a look at the opinion expressed. This time you’re reaching.

    I think we can all agree that immigration is a difficult issue and that there are valid concerns on both sides.

    That being said, discussion of this song really, truly, should not boil down to where you stand on the issue of immigration.

    Let’s run down why this song is disgraceful.

    1.The threatening tone of the lyrics. For example,THE PARTY’S OVER, DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?. The tone is condescending and bullying. This sort of tone is completely inappropriate and has no place in an examination or debate on immigration. And the fact that Buddy lists himself as a Christian artist on his myspace makes the bullying tone of the song all the more disgusting. I’m pretty sure that Jesus was all about bullying and mocking the impoverished, right?

    2. The use of mexican style music to mock immigrants. This was really bad. I challenge anyone to explain what purpose this serves other than to mock.

    3. The complete disregard for any human rights issues involved in the debate. The stance that the song takes is essentially the following “This is our country son, no we don’t speak your crazy spanish, in America we speak American. Stop abusing my freedom by demanding to be fed. Please be a polite and starve on your side of the border…or else.” Once again, Buddy is overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Of course, even if he wasn’t playing a Christian on myspace, the dehumanization of immigrants would be offensive and inexcusable.

    4. The use of the Alamo as a sort of rallying point against Mexicans specifically, not the broader issue of illegal immigration from many countries. The Alamo really has nothing to do with immigration and it’s inclusion says nothing more than “oh yeah, and we have a bone to pick with you Mexicans anyway!”. Using an event that stirs pride and unity amongst Texans as a rallying cry against an “invasion” of Mexicans, and in doing so, treats Mexican immigrants as the manifestation of an historical enemy, is dangerous and hateful.

    So regardless of whether you take a hard line stance against illegal immigration, dehumanizing immigrants, mocking immigrants, and encouraging violence or aggressive behavior against immigrants by classifying them as a new invasion by a historical enemy is wrong and has no place in the public debate.

    God help us radio won’t pick this song up.

    For anyone who would like to hear songs that treat immigrants as fellow human beings (novel concept) check out “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos” a Woody Guthrie song that has been recorded by Dolly, the Highwaymen, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

    Also, check out a duo called Sal and Isela on myspace. They are quite good.
    http://www.myspace.com/salandisela

  26. Lucas
    February 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    The only part in that review that addressed the song, not the ideological differences (because I was referring to the review, not the comments) was “A situation like this requires a more thoughtful response than a dumbed down, arrogant, three and a half minute song. If radio hasn’t completely lost all sensibility, this song won’t get any airtime.”

  27. William
    February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    The 5 out of 10 argument is always interesting, considering you could apply it to almost anything and doesn’t really have anything to do with the arguement itself.

    To avoid the numerous political examples, 5 out of 10 people likely enjoy Rascal Flatts over Johnny Cash, that is not a compelling argument about who is better.

  28. AMJ
    February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I agree completely. As someone who has been a supporter of Buddy’s…I am saddened. I think this is a cheap way to get attention..or at the very least poor judgement.
    AMJ

    “I can’t imagine a scenario in which a couple of songwriters get together and decide it’s a good idea to tell only Mexican immigrants to get out because this country is ours and then decide to back it by instrumentation typically associated with their culture. A situation like this requires a more thoughtful response than a dumbed down, arrogant, three and a half minute song. If radio hasn’t completely lost all sensibility, this song won’t get any airtime.”

  29. Lucas
    February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    I could care less if political ideas are expressed, that’s part of this country and it’s a good part.

    But I’d just like to see at least a fourth of the article on the actual song itself.

  30. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Lucas. If we were talking about a love song and didnt like the lyrics the artist chose to tell of that love, wouldnt we criticize what the singer had to say about love? This is a political song period. Any true criticism of this tripe must involve some sort of political commentary that reflects the critics thoughts on the issues that the song itself is adressing. I dont quite understand why this is such a hard concept for you to figure out.

  31. Lucas
    February 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Because like I’ve said multiple times I’m referring to the article itself, not the comments. Therefore it is an easy concept for me to figure out and it has already been figured out.

  32. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Also Lucas, as the “good part” of this country, freedom of speech goes both ways. Even critics get to say what they want, even though you are quick to tell them what they should and shouldnt say…

  33. Lucas
    February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t know why you insist on trying to bring yourself into the middle of an argument that simply doesn’t exist, all I did was state my opinion. Oh well.

  34. Brady Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Lucas, I forgot about asking you what direction the content on this site should take. My bad. I honestly don’t think you can determine my stance on the issue from my review of the song, so good luck trying to pigeonhole this as political opinion. I examined the lyric and content of the song, as well as the Latino inspired instrumentation; if that’s not reviewing it, I don’t know what is. If you want a break down of the review, just ask and I’ll show you how it pertains to the song.

    CCF, the five out of ten number is a complete fabrication and therefore can’t possibly support any logical argument. Furthermore, you haven’t fully explored the issue of cost when it comes to deporting the immigrants. Are you absolutely sure that it would be more cost effective to deport every illegal immigrant? How much would it cost to find every person and send them back? How much would it cost the government to not have a cheap work force? And would the saving really offset the economic burden they place on our society? That’s something worth knowing if you’re gonna use cost as the basis of your argument.

  35. Lucas
    February 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I wasn’t trying to determine your stance nor fight anybody’s stance on political issues and you know it. But I believe it still qualifies as a political opinion due to the mere fact that the song was briefly talked about from an artistic stance.

  36. Brody Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Lucas, this is what I see when I break down the review on a paragraph by paragraph basis:

    The first paragraph introduces the song and sets the tone for the review.

    The whole second paragraph examines the lyrical content of the song.

    The third paragraph gives some historical context to the phrase “Remember the Alamo,” which conveniently happens to be one of the lyrics of the song.

    The fourth paragraph takes a look at how the song applies to a real world issue and concludes with a short summary of what the previous three paragraphs were all about.

    So, despite what you say, the whole review is relevant to the song while at the same time touching on the subject of illegal immigration — the topic of the song.

    I find it odd that it’s ok for the song to express a “political opinion” but the reviewer isn’t allowed to critically examine that opinion without being accused of not reviewing the song.

  37. Brady Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I wasn’t trying to claim a bear’s sphincter ain’t pink and you know it. That’s about as relevant as your statement.

    Instead of arguing about whether or not the song is political opinion, how about telling us your thoughts? Is the lyric worthy, how ’bout the production and instrumentation? Does it add or detract? Now how ’bout the message of the song?

  38. Hollerin' Ben
    February 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Lucas,

    you won dude! You totally didn’t back down! Who wants to read contextualization of a political argument that a song is putting forth anyways? Especially when the whole entire point of the song is to put forth a political argument! I want to read about the art man. Like, in this one part, he goes to a 5 chord. Then in this other part, he rhymes Mexico with Hablo, and then with Amigo. How did he find all those words that end in “O”?

    You stood your ground and you win all the prizes! We may no longer be talking about the song, or the issues it puts forth, but in doggedly refusing to admit that examining the political issue of immigration when reviewing a song that advances a thoughless, hateful stance on immigration, you have proven that you, sir, are no pushover.

    My favorite part is that not once, but twice, you let us know how much you care about the political discussion by explaining that you “could care less”. Most people use the phrase “I couldn’t care less” as in, I could not possibly care less than I do because I don’t care at all. But I know that you are no backpeddlar, you’ve shown that today, so you’ll stand by the fact that you “could care less” meaning that you care somewhat.

    well done sir.

  39. Kelly
    February 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Lucas, I am not putting myself into the middle of an argument as you claim. You get to express your view, and so does everyone else. I disagree whole-heartedly that the review (not comments) wasnt focusing on the song (the above comment by Brady pretty much told you what is up in that regard, by the way), and I have tried to show that when a song decides to be a political song as this one has done (whether you admit it or notice it or not), that the critic has no choice but to adress the subject matter of the song regardless of the subject matter. All anyone is doing here is stating their opinion. Thats all anyone does on this site and the various sites like this one, so for you to offer that as some weak explanation or defense is just that, weak. The review that Brady posted directly adresses the content and quality of the song and does so extremely well, but hey, thats just my opinion.

  40. Chris N.
    February 26, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Linking to World Net Daily kinda speaks for itself.

  41. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t think I said we ought to deport the illegal immigrants. That would impossible. I do think we need to do something to stop the illegals ones from getting here. I’m a middle of the road democrat.

  42. Brady Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    My fault for misinterpreting your stance, I guess I got mixed up by your statement that the song speaks to the way many people feel and think. Edit: Oh, and I don’t think there’s any solution that isn’t going to be costly.

  43. Leeann
    February 26, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Middle of the road democrat or not, I have to argue with your claim that this song isn’t racist. I don’t think it matters what side of the political isle you’re on, the racism here is glaringly evident.

  44. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Sorry I don’t see the song as racist. The term is used to quick these days.

  45. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Brady,
    your right there isn’t a cheap solution. It is a problem and it does need to be dealt with.

  46. helena
    February 26, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hey guys, lighten up. It’s just a song and who made you the thought police anyway. Having control of a countries boarders is the norm worldwide. Have you tried sneaking into Red China lately? I don’t think you’d live to tell about it. Nothing Buddy says in the song has anything against anybody. All he’s saying is simply to follow the rules. What I want to know is how come on a daily basis we Americans have no choice or say about who enters this country. I think what this song is trying to do is simply give voice to the other 5 of 10 who aren’t as pregnant with wisdom as the left leaning more vocal side of this country. Thank God we still have the first amendment.

  47. Hollerin' Ben
    February 26, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    ccf,

    do you see the song as offensive for bullying, dehumanizing, and mocking a group of people that are defined by their poverty and desperation?

    Do you see it as misleading to claim that a wave of immigrants who come here to work are actually a new invasion by an old enemy and that our view of Mexican immigrants should be informed by The Alamo where the Mexican army killed Texas heroes?

  48. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Hollerin’ Ben,

    Nope I see the song as just a song with views some people can relate to. I’m tried of being asked press one to contiune in English. I have no problem with people south of the border coming here as along as they do it legally.

  49. Leeann
    February 26, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I think that by saying that racist is used “too quickly” these days is a way to attempt to dismiss the fact that it does, in fact, exist in high volume when one does not want to admit it.

    Also, to continue to avoid repetativeness, Brady had already illustrated, in his review (and yes, I think it was a review), why this song was racist:

    “I can’t imagine a scenario in which a couple of songwriters get together and decide it’s a good idea to tell only Mexican immigrants to get out because this country is ours
    and then decide to back it by instrumentation typically associated with their culture.”

    Holler Ben does an excellent and detailed job of supporting Brady’s argument, which, indeed, shows why this song is racist. Seriously, I think the average Mexican would perceive it as such, even those who aren’t here illegally.
    The fact that Jewell so negatively generalizes

  50. Brady Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    There is a problem when our borders can’t be protected and it’s a problem that there is a tax burden, but it’s also a problem when it comes to people not having the means to get a decent education or the resources to treat health issues or pay for food. Being miffed at having to press one for English is pretty damn lame and on par with the sentiments expressed in the song.

    helena, no one is acting like thought police and no one is arguing against controlling the borders. What Jewell says is directly aimed at Mexicans. This song is highly targeted at a race of people; he didn’t mention anything about illegal Asian immigrants or Cuban immigrants or illegal immigrants who cross over the Canadian border, which I hinted at in the review but hasn’t been picked up yet. I’m a right leaning Texan who has to deal with Spanish speaking people fairly often and vehemently disagree with you and Jewell’s attempt to speak on my behalf and coopt an audience that doesn’t agree with you. I’d like to see if you think the law is so steadfast and right if it ever outlaws firearms or declares eminent domain on your property only to pass it to a private entity. I sure as hell ain’t givin’ up either just because the law tells me to and I’m gonna think for myself on an issue like immigration as well and not try to derive the difference between right and wrong based on the law alone. Immigration has been a problem that’s been ignored for a long time and some catch phrase or ignorant song isn’t going to sum up the solution or contribute to solving the issue.

  51. ccf
    February 26, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Your missing the point He is saying that illegal immigrants should wait in line like all others.

    Yes racism exits in this country. I do think the term is used to quickly sometimes.

  52. Leeann
    February 26, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Yes, I realize what it is he’s saying. In fact, I even looked up the lyrics in an effort to avoid hearing this mess of a song again.
    I will not dismiss the argument. However, I feel very comfortable in saying that the way in which Jewell presents the argument is extremely disrespectful and degrading. It’s one thing to argue on this side of the issue, but it’s another to mock and degrade a group of people on an issue that is not a singular situation. He simplifies it in a deliberately cruel manner. When it comes right down to it, it’s all in the presentation. In this case, the presentation is downright revolting.

    What is the line between racist and not racist, anyway? If the line is blurry, I think it probably lands on the side of racist. And I don’t think the line is blurry in this song.

  53. hairandtoenails
    February 26, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    I agree with Leeann’s post at 8:11 pm. Jewell presents his views wrapped up in a language of hate and mocking, and that is the problem.

    Also, Helena’s post suggested that people “lighten up.” Hatred and mocking of others is not something to take lightly.

    I don’t know what policy we should adopt on this issue, but I know Jewell makes a horrible case for his preferred policies.

  54. Paul W Dennis
    February 26, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    This thread is a good example of why it is better to keep politics and the arts separate when it comes to discussion time – let’s stick to Country Music and leave the political discussions to other forums

  55. Leeann
    February 26, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Fortunately, country fans are not one dimensional. It’s not like we’re discussing something that a presidential candidate has said in a stump speech or debate, but rather what a country music singer is conveying in a song that he hopes country music fans will embrace. Therefore, it is fair to go down this political road. Obviously, Jewell, in hoping that his song will catch on, expects that the song will spark debate, though he was probably narrow minded enough to assume that the debate would strongly land on his side. So, it’s not out of line for this discussion to occur on this thread.

  56. helena
    February 26, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    How many countless millions are there around the world whose single greatest aspiration is simply to come here? I personally know people who do it legally and have to jump through hoops and go through mountains of paper work in order to accomplish this. Doesn’t it make a mockery of these honest and well intentioned people including those of Latin origin to have millions of others thumb their noses at them and the rest of us because they choose not to obey the law. I don’t know about the rest of you, but America is my home and one shouldn’t be allowed to come here illegally and ignore our sovereignty. In summation, I think songs such as Fightin’ Side of Me and Okie from Muskogee sum up in a working man’s vernacular how so many of us really feel even if we’re afraid to say it which obviously Buddy Jewell much to his credit is not.

  57. Leeann
    February 26, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Like I said, Helena, it’s all in the presentation. Jewell’s delivery, much to his *discredit*, is the argument here.

  58. Brady Vercher
    February 26, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    They come here and live in abject poverty because it’s better than where they came from, so while they’re barely scraping by, wondering if they can make it, they’re really thumbing their noses at us. Wow, I never thought of it that way…

    I agree with you that something needs to be done to address the issue, but “kickin’ ‘em out” is a myopic solution and telling them to get out while making a mockery of them, as this song does, is racist, elitist, and offensive.

  59. CF
    February 26, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve read a good amount of this entry and I gotta say… Brady, Leeann, Kelly, and Hollerin’ Ben: all well put.

    I don’t know why Mr. Jewell would sink this low to co-write and record such a song.

  60. Mike
    February 26, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Either way what Jewell thinks is his own opinion and in American he has the right to express that but at the same time promoting racism or hurt towards people because of their race is actually against the law not saying the song is exactly.

    But another thing that Jewell should take into consideration of the alienation of a Hispanic fanbase that is strong in country music in general in places like Texas, Oklahoma, and more in that region that even tho they may not have much they are still purchasing CD’s while american teens are downloading them off of limewire.

  61. Hollerin' Ben
    February 26, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Jewell certainly has the right to write this song, record it, release it, make it his theme song, and tattoo the lyrics on his mama if he so chooses. No one is suggesting that this song be “banned” or that it be made illegal.

    As critics, we evaluate the content of people’s expression. And in condemning this, we’ve called a spade a spade.

    Furthermore, the defenses of the song haven’t been substantive. They have been along the lines of “well, I agree that we should harbor ill-will towards Mexican immigrants who don’t fill out the proper paperwork to come here, therefore, this song is good.” I’ve yet to see anyone justify the mocking, bullying tone, or explain why the mexican instrumentation is a good thing, or to justify why the Alamo should have such a prominent place in the song.

    So, Jewell apologists, lets hear it. Setting aside that you think the US government should aggressively deal with the problem of immigration, how do you defend the mocking, the bullying, and the inclusion of the Alamo in this song?

    I’m assuming of course that you don’t think that immigrants should be mocked, bullied, and viewed as being responsible for killing Texas heroes at the Alamo.

  62. Dan
    February 27, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Wow. I think this is an early front-runner for worst country song of the year. I’m all for taking a stand on an issue, but this is unbelievably condescending. “The party’s over”? As if this sort of decision to dramatically change one’s life – whether the means are justified or not – springs forth from some kind of whimsy? And the horns. And the “fajitas” line. Wow. It’s the sort of heartless, ignorant bile that would be truly appalling to hear from anyone, but it’s absolutely humiliating coming from a professed Christian and representative of this genre.

    I sincerely hope we’re all right about this song’s prospects. The amassed comments on this thread already constitute more attention than this piece of garbage deserves, whether people agree with his position on the political issue or not.

  63. Jaime
    February 27, 2008 at 6:56 am

    This might be the worst country song I have ever heard. It is songs like this that cause non-country music loving urbanites to categorize country music fans as ignorant hicks.

    The lyrics are asinine.

    But hey, thank goodness U.S. citizens are protected with first amendment rights. Unlike many of the countries from which illegal immigrants originate, in the U.S. we can say what we want when we want to say it.

  64. Chris N.
    February 27, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Mike and Jaime each make salient points that I don’t think we’ve even gotten to yet:

    — First, that this is not the way to make the inroads into the Hispanic community that country music would like to make; and …

    — Second, that this is just the kind of thing that allows people who don’t already like and understand country music to dismiss the whole genre as ignorant redneck crap.

    Random thought: Wonder what Buddy’s old “Nashville Star” compadre John Arthur Martinez thinks of this little ditty?

  65. Mike
    February 27, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I think more then anything it shows when people get desperate they start doing things that they wouldn’t if they were on top. This is just the final nail in the coffin for his career.

  66. Linda
    February 27, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Wow. This song is unreal. What in the world was this guy thinking? He must not have been sober when he wrote this one. And to think I actually used to like this guy. I saw him perform at the Saddlerack in Fremont, California, a few years ago and even got his autograph on a bar napkin thinking someday he would be a big name in the world of country music. Little did I know he had so much contempt for our Mexican brothers and sisters. Now I’ve gotta say “adios” to the one CD I did have in my collection by this apparently racist “pendejo.” Oh well…maybe I can get a couple of bucks for it at the used record store and buy myself a couple of tacos.

  67. andre
    February 27, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    wow. i used to hope buddy would make it in this buisness. im extemely open minded on everything and i never thought id here anything like this.

  68. Kelly
    February 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I’ll just say this… does he have any idea how many country music fans he is OFFENDING???? Does he have any idea that huge numbers of Mexican-Americans wear boots, are real cowboys and listen to country music stemming from their roots in Tejano? I’m not in their minority but I feel like I’m part of a majority who will feel like that song choice will only isolate him, not only from his fans, but from country music as a whole.. WOW!!!

  69. Kelly
    February 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    To Linda: LOVED YOUR COMMENT!!!

  70. helena
    March 1, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Well, gee guys, what exactly do you suppose we should do? Just open the gates. How many more people have to suffer at the hands of the criminals and drug dealers that simply ignore the boarder? At what point is this no longer America but becomes Mexico. Listening to your retort makes me wonder who really is the hater. There’s no hate in the song. It simply says follow the rules. Our own government won’t do anything about it so I suppose we’re just supposed to shut up and put up with it which is exactly what the powers that be want. I suppose most of you who are screaming so loudly live in the barrios of East LA. I don’t think so. Hypocrisy abounds in this era of so called political correctness.

  71. Brady Vercher
    March 1, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Helena, you sure are throwing out a bunch of empty rhetoric in attempts to paint everyone in a negative light. Coming up with a solution was beyond the scope of this review and conversation. No one suggested that illegal immigration was perfectly fine, nor did anyone suggest that we should just “open the gates.” I only argued that the extreme solutions (deportation and amnesty) were not the right answers. And I don’t see how anyone here that doesn’t agree with you has advocated anything nearing hate.

    The mocking music, the use of cultural elements that address ALL Mexicans rather than just the illegal immigrants, referencing the Alamo; all of those points don’t simply say “follow the rules.”

  72. Baron Lane
    March 1, 2008 at 11:42 am

    It’s crap like this that gives country music, and it’s fans, a bad name!

  73. Fin
    March 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    I believe there have been many songs in the past that condone the use of illegal drugs or having adultry or many other, worse, socially unacceptable situations. That doesn’t make the music bad. Personally, I believe that an illegal activity is an illegal activity, until our government deems it necessary to change it. As tax paying Americans, I can’t believe any of us want to burden additional tax cost to pay for “any” illegals.
    However, this is niether here nor there. The song has a good beat, makes sense and is much easier to listen to than “shift work”. Give Mr. Jewell a break and listen to the great music he has put forth in his short career.

  74. Cindy
    March 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    OMG! First of all, let me THANK YOU for the PRESS for Mr. Buddy Jewell – talk about “dumbing down” – don’t you know any press is good in the long run? So, thank you for the “opinion”, albeit
    ironically IGNORANT – as you obviously know NOTHING about Buddy Jewell, the MAN who just happens to be affectionally known as “daBEST” among all his legend of FANS! I applaud Buddy for standing up and “telling it like it is” in a fun-loving, but truthful song. If you DID know the man like I know the man, any God-fearing man would be ashamed of himself for the things you have said here and for other IGNORANT types who echo similiar views. Buddy would NEVER intentionally set out to “hurt” or “disrespect” anyone – and the comment about Johnny Rodriquez was a “plug” and a ‘compliment’ to the legendary country music singer, not a put-down as you might like to believe. If you should be outraged about anything it should be that legally born Americans have a birthright to this country and all the “perks” therein and that anyone who wants to share in those same rights needs to go about it the right way – not the ‘typical’ way it is done with pandering political heads conveniently looking the other way. Again, he speaks the truth, just as Toby Keith did in his “controversial” song about America, but you don’t see people like you, Mr. Vercher, writing about some multi-million gazillion dollar singer, no, you think you can “pick on” Buddy because perhaps he is more vulnerable or less known than Keith. You just better be glad some of us loyal Jewell fans couldn’t reach out and touch you after reading your IGNORANT perspective about this great song. If YOU, Mr. Vercher, had thought to do a bit of homework yourself, you would know Buddy Jewell is a very honorable and respected man. He won “Father of the Year” last year, have you ever won anything? Fact is, Buddy is one of the most humble, kind, caring, warm, charismatic, and GIVING country singers out there; giving back far more than he’s ever EVER been given. And all your (once again) IGNORANT comments about “dumb this and dumb that” for your information Mr. Jewell is very well versed in history and could hold his own in any political commentary discussion, not to mention he graduated at the top of his class, so he is anything but ignorant about America, diversity in cultures, or any mentionable current events of the world. No disrespect meant here towards you or anyone who has posted, but we who know and truly love Buddy know he is nothing like you portray and is EVERYTHING that the word “CLASS ACT” encompasses! Ohh, and lest I forget – thanks again for the PRESS!

  75. Mary
    March 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t think LEGAL immigrants will have a problem with the song because they did it legally. I have several people who I work with that are from the Phillipines that have been here for 15+ years and they just got their citizenship. I would think illegal immigration would bother people like that who do it legally.

    I’m proud to KNOW Buddy and I know what a huge heart he has. IF you knew Buddy at all, which I’m sure most of you don’t, then you wouldn’t second guess the message behind this song.

    Don’t we all love America because it’s free! Most of all freedom of speech as well as freedom of the press.

    Signed: Daughter of a U.S. Marine

  76. Angie
    March 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I love the song… and cut it however you want to but the song says.. if you are here legally, then we are fine with you being here but if they are here illegally it is breaking the law and WE are all paying for it.

    “No disrespect meant here towards you or anyone who has posted, but we who know and truly love Buddy know he is nothing like you portray and is EVERYTHING that the word “CLASS ACT” encompasses! Ohh, and lest I forget – thanks again for the PRESS” I second that from Cindy’s post.

    I am proud to be a Buddy Jewell fan.. they don’t come any better than him.

    Gooooo Buddy!! It’s time someone had the guts to stand up and say what you said.

    Angie

  77. Mike
    March 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Well, the right-wing nuts have taken over this discussion…

  78. Mary
    March 2, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Nah, Mike we’re not taking over. We’re just using our freedom of speech like you.

  79. hairandtoenails
    March 2, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    The last three posts (all of which seem to capitalize certain words in Mid-sentence for emphasis and all of which were written within 50 minutes time) seem to suggest that Buddy is a wonderful person and that legal immigration is fine but illegal immigration is wrong.

    I trust that Buddy is a wonderful person, but that doesn’t make the song good. And nobody is denying that illegal immigration is, well, illegal. The problem is the song expresses its sentiments in the most degrading of ways.

  80. Brady Vercher
    March 2, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Cindy, Free press this, free press that. I bet you think Don Imus loved the free press he got over his comments. You might wanna rethink your argument a little.

    Was the battle at the Alamo fought over immigration? So then, tell me why it belongs in a commentary on immigration.

    I didn’t realize Buddy Jewell was personally backed by God himself and that anyone who disagreed with anything he happens to say was a heretic. I’m sorry I don’t worship at the altar of Buddy Jewell. Did God tell Buddy it was ok to plug a guy (Johnny Rodriguez) who killed someone and has been arrested for DUI and drug possession?

    I think we waste too much money on other programs and issues to become “outraged” over immigration. According to a 2002 study, illegal immigration costs us $10 billion per year. The Iraq war costs us more than that every 6 weeks. We’re willing to pay more than that to Exxon alone every single month to buy gas. We spend nearly 20% of that amount on the President’s travel expenses, but when it comes to 20 million people who can’t support themselves needing an education, food, and hospital treatments, it’s tough shit for them. I believe in individual responsibility just as much as the next guy, but you gotta be rational and realize that there are going to be costs no matter what. Would it be ok if we spent that $10 billion on keeping illegal immigrants out of the country rather than spending it to help them survive? Oh, and quite frankly, I don’t need to throw about a bunch of credentials to support my argument.

    You just better be glad some of us loyal Jewell fans couldn’t reach out and touch you after reading your IGNORANT perspective about this great song.

    Sounds like you’re threatening assault to me. That’s pretty ridiculous considering I never personally attacked Mr. Jewell, nor did I say anything bad about the man himself. The review was of the song and not of Buddy Jewell’s character. So quit drinking the Buddy Jewell koolaid and think about the song rationally rather than emotionally.

    ——

    Mary, legal immigrants have a world of opportunities open to them that illegal immigrants don’t have, so I don’t know why they’d begrudge illegal immigrants the chance to live within the same political borders. Illegal immigrants don’t have the same opportunities and they probably prevent legal immigrants from becoming low man on the totem pole when it comes to wages.

    ——

    Angie, The fact is, no matter how bad you want to, you can’t dumb this song down to one line. The Alamo doesn’t factor into a commentary on illegal immigration. “It’s still our country, son…” There’s just one instance of Buddy talking down to immigrants to illustrate the point that the song extends beyond a comment that illegal immigrants should be deported.

    ——

    hairandtoenails, They really are different people, we just got linked to by his fan club messageboard.

  81. Kathy
    March 2, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    The “right wing nuts” weren’t supposed to weigh in on this discussion????

    I’m proud to be a Buddy Jewell fan and I will continue to be a Buddy Jewell fan.

    I can tell you that I’m tired of my daughter-in-law having to work like a dog to be able to pay for doctors’ visits for her kids while illegal aliens are given free medical care….paid for with our tax dollars. I, too, am tired of having to “push 1 for English”. That should be automatic. You said that Mexico has been singled out. Well, I’ve never heard “push 2 for Chinese” or push 3 for (insert language here). In so many ways we’re being made to learn a language to accommodate them instead of the other way around.

    I don’t approve of bullying and I don’t approve of anyone making fun of anyone else…I don’t believe that Buddy was doing either one.

    Yep, another right wing nut! Just doing what you say you espouse – stating my opinion and I want to be able to continue to do just that!

  82. Chris N.
    March 2, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    The New Colossus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    — Emma Lazarus, 1883

  83. Luke
    March 2, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I love the “Right wing nutts” comment. As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and someone who has fought in the war on terror, I am personally sick and tired of the media making excuses for people who are coming into our country illegally, using our tax dollars to pay for their medical bills when they have a kid in America so that kid will be a citizen of this great country, yet someone wants to get mad when an artist finally has the testicular fortitude to sing the TRUTH?

    I have MANY friends who are of the Mexican decent who are here LEGALLY, and I have no problem with that, but if we are going to allow people to live and prosper in this country illegally, why have jails? Why lock up rapists and murderers, after all, if we are going to allow one law to be broken, why prosecute any at all?

    I am personally sick and tired of the LEFT WING MEDIA reporting a bunch of BS instead of the TRUTH. I spent time in Iraq, and was DISGUSTED at the crap the so called media was reporting about what was happening there, because over half of it was BS. The media in a lot of cases have been doing the soldiers who fight and die for this country a great injustice, as well as the American People.

    I dont care where you was born, what Nationality you are, but if this song offends you, then you may need to take a nice long look at your Patriotism.

    All the man is saying in the song is simply if you are an illegal immigrant, we’re tired of your crap. Do it the right way through proper channels, and there is no problem.

    By the way, the song is getting air play, and getting GREAT responces in FAVOR of the song.

    I agree with what was said in another post, what about “If the South Would Have Won” by Hank Jr, we dont hear people complaining about that one. Darryl Worley hit the nail on the head with “Have You Forgotten” because sadly, people have forgotten.

    I am fearful as to where my beloved Country that I dedicated 8 years of my life to is headed.

  84. Tahoerabbit
    March 2, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Listen up, all you rednecks. You’re nothing but a bunch of hypocrites and the reason why this country is still in such terrible shape in terms of race relations. You let the Mexicans clean your homes, hotels and workplaces, take care of your kids, cook your food and harvest your crops and then have the unmitaged gall to talk about them with such disrespect. So songs like this one are okay with you, huh? Haven’t you narrow-minded racists learned anything in the last 200+ years? Look, most of these people are just trying to do the best they can just to get by in this world just like you. Instead of chiding them for coming here illegally, why not concentrate on putting pressure on the Mexican government and the Catholic Church to improve the living conditions in Mexico and maybe people wouldn’t be risking their lives to come here in droves. Send the Mexicans back to Mexico, huh? Most of these people do a hell of a lot of work for often very little pay–work most of you people wouldn’t even consider doing–so think twice about that. You’d actually have to start looking for somebody else to wait on you. Oh and by the way…to all you loudmouths who continue to blow your own horns about being born here and insist on waving those American flags all over the place, if you aren’t a Native American, YOU’RE here illegally as far as the indingenous people of this country are concerned so do us all a favor and SHUT UP.

  85. Matt B.
    March 2, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Luke,

    Thank you for your service.

    I would counter with the press coverage of the Iraq war as being what the US government wants to be told. Not what ‘left wing’ or ‘right wing’ or ‘liberal’ media has shown.

    To get back on topic of this song, I think that Buddy has the RIGHT to have his opinion just as anyone else in the country does. It’s what makes our country what it is. Even Canadaians don’t have the same right. So, Brady’s thoughts about this song are as good as anyone else.

  86. Luke
    March 2, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    My problem with the media is how they try to twist things. I mean seriously, listen to the words of the song. There is nothing racist about it. All Buddy Jewell is saying is simply “If you are here legally, great, best of luck to you in life, but if you are here illegally, then I have a problem with that, and you need to do things right and come into this great country legally like the rest have.”

    I agree. Let them come, let them prosper, but do it legally.

  87. Jane
    March 2, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I agree with Mary, Angie, and Cindy, not to mention some others. Anyone who says anything bad about Buddy Jewell doesn’t know him, anything about him, or what he’s all about. Buddy wouldn’t do anything to hurt anyone. He is a very good, thoughtful, caring, and sincere person, not to mention a great human being, and an excellent country artist. I always thought that Buddy was an angel sent from heaven. And, anyone who knows him, knows exactly what I’m talking about. Buddy Jewell is what country music is all about. Others can learn by him. He puts a lot of other artists to shame. If there were more people in the world like Buddy, the world would be a better place.

    THIS AINT MEXICO is a great song. I loved it from the first time I heard it. And, I think all the country radio stations in the country should play it, and watch how fast it climbs up the charts.

    I am very proud to be a BUDDY JEWELL FAN. And, this whole thing has upset me tremendously, and has made me VERY ANGRY. Buddy doesn’t deserve to be treated this way. And, I for one, support Buddy 100%.

    Love ya Buddy! You just keep doing what you’re doing, and don’t ever quit singing and writing those great songs.

    Jane

  88. Cindy
    March 3, 2008 at 1:15 am

    KATHY – you are EXACTLY right on the money!
    BRADY, umm…no – my argument stands and is based on fact; the fact that I KNOW the man. That’s where you’re missing the boat- did you miss the line in the song that clearly states – there’s “no problem” with legals??? Do you support “other illegal” activities? And making mention of JR was an obvious intention to appreciate him as an artist, his MUSIC – not to point out any misfortune in his life. Duh.
    Let me tell you something else – you don’t know ME either. If I were “threatening assault” on you, that is something that you WOULD know. Talk about ridiculous – I even went so far to say I didn’t mean any disrespect. That’s threatening? Maybe you have some wires crossed and you aren’t interpreting anything correctly these days, not least of which is the meaning of this song. Just to set the record straight though, what I meant by “reaching out and touching you” I meant your ears might have been boxed. Are you not familiar with that ‘southern right of passage’ thang? (no, not the right-wing-redneck-nut-thang) Well, let me explain further to make it crystal clear. Boxing the ears….is when (for example) an adult teasingly rubs the ears of a child, essentially indicating, “shame, shame on you”. No abuse inflicted whatsoever or intended at all – again, it must be a southern thang. And yes, fyi…Buddy IS, in fact, personally backed by God. That’s what it means when you’re a Christian – God guides and directs and backs us all. That’s why he died, afterall, to save all sinners. As many have said here, it’s just a song for crying out loud. Why haven’t you gotten on your high horse about all the profane and grossly inappropriate ‘lyrics’ that our young people are subjected to? The people who promote that kind of music just to make money would be a more appropriate venue to vent your criticisms towards. (But, oh yeah, this is a country music genre site, so I guess that explains that.) If I may, let me share just a few more pertinent things. I am on the front lines day in and day out working with legals and illegals in an honorable helping profession (for the government, I might add) and during the course of our meetings, I not only am supportive towards their plight, but I also EDUCATE them on how to become LEGAL and how to make good life choices in the future. Suffice it to say, unfortunately, in my profession, there’s not much I haven’t seen. Professionally, I don’t judge anyone I counsel – who are any among us to judge? In the twinkling of an eye, it could be ME or YOU sitting over on the other side of the desk needing help. I advocate for the underdogs just as hard as I do the supermans – both have their own unique situations and my job is to be supportive and educate, not to judge. Having said that, I do, however, have a personal life too, and that entitles me to my own set of values and belief systems that I adhere to in my own life. And here again, personally my opinion is that anyone laying their head on a pillow at night in this country ought to be here in a legal capacity. Sighhh…I could talk till doomsday, but I know it’s a losing battle. I could say so much more, but I’m going to take the HIGH ROAD because I would never intentionally do anything that would in anyway reflect negatively towards Buddy, because his fans and friends respect and love him deeply. Not because he’s perfect but because he is Buddy. And despite what you say, you most certainly DID attack him on a personal level by making the remarks…about “dumbing down” and his “flagging career” – those weren’t lyrical comments…LOL…they were just a tad bit personal to have anything to do with a legitimate discussion about lyrical content. Good try at denial though. And just for the record, calling people names is not a benevolent (umm..let me cipher here….i.e…nice) thing to do. The fact of the matter is, we may be rednecks, we may be this or we may be that, but we are all know each other and we are genuinely good people who simply could and would not stand by and let a good man be bashed. Again, as Mary said, anyone who knows him would never second guess his intention. And it is rather sad that you, BRADY, couldn’t share in a bow at the altar with a ‘good ole southern boy’ like Buddy, because he’d probably put his arm around you and also around the person at his other side -and it goes without saying both instances would be without regard to age, color, sexual orientation, nationality, race, sex, creed, or religious belief. CAUSE THAT – THAT’S A ‘BUDDY’ THANG. Sho Nuff.

  89. Brady Vercher
    March 3, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Chris N, sweet poem. I had to look up where it came from, but that makes it all the more pertinent.

    ——

    Luke, we all certainly appreciate your sacrifice to this country. I’m sure you don’t get told often enough, but thank you for you service.

    “Why lock up rapists and murderers, after all, if we are going to allow one law to be broken, why prosecute any at all?”

    Two wrongs don’t make a right and comparing illegal immigration to murder and rape is pretty daft. Why don’t we just start locking people up people for traffic violations?

    All the man is saying in the song is simply if you are an illegal immigrant, we’re tired of your crap.

    Why is it necessary to bring the Alamo into such a simple statement? That’s just one instance of everything I’ve been saying, but it keeps getting ignored.

    Hank Jr’s song is tongue in cheek and isn’t really comparable. A song isn’t automatically about slavery or race because it mentions the civil war.

    Also, I’m not part of the media and have no agenda except to highlight good country music. My opinion is just as valid as yours.

    ——

    Jane, you said, “Anyone who says anything bad about Buddy Jewell doesn’t know him, anything about him, or what he’s all about. Buddy wouldn’t do anything to hurt anyone. He is a very good, thoughtful, caring, and sincere person, not to mention a great human being, and an excellent country artist.

    I don’t remember saying Buddy Jewell was a bad person, but at the same time, his character can’t support this song.

    ——

    Cindy, so you think Don Imus appreciated the press? Did you miss the line about the Alamo.

    Buddy IS, in fact, personally backed by God. That’s what it means when you’re a Christian – God guides and directs and backs us all.

    I’m a Christian myself, but even I recognize the fallibility of a statement like that. I guess God was telling me and Buddy two different things. People do and say stupid things all the time and then claim they have God’s support, but that doesn’t make it so. Just take a look at the actions of that Westboro church.

    Thanks again for telling us for the millionth time about how upstanding Buddy is, but it really doesn’t play any part in logically supporting this song.

  90. hairandtoenails
    March 3, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Regarding the comment “All the man is saying in the song is simply if you are an illegal immigrant, we’re tired of your crap.”

    If Buddy Jewell is really upset only about the “illegal” aspect of the situation, I assume he would not protest if the Federal Govt decided today that anyone could legally immigrate to the US simply by writing their name on a list.

    In other words, if illegal immigration was de-criminalized, I trust then that Buddy would not protest the actions of immigrants.

    I suspect that if we de-criminalized illegal immigration, Buddy Jewell would find another rationale to oppose these immigrants.

    Obviously, I’m skeptical that this is Buddy’s only message. But if that was all he wanted to say — “Please immigrate legally,” then he could have said it in a civilized manner, and without the offensive trappings of the song. Had he said that, his message would have been much more effective.

  91. Cindy2
    March 3, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    2 Points..
    I’ve posted here before, and I see that there is someone with the same name as me..thats not me, just to be clear (I’m the James Otto/Mando Saenz fan..)
    So from here on, I’ll be Cindy2.

    For HairandToenails…I believe in, what I think, is your main point..the tacky-ness of the song distracts from the message. But I don’t think we need to let in everyone, and that doesn’t make us bad. Mexico is extremely strict with regards to its southern border, and our enlightened friends to the north give preference to professionals in certain fields. We are the place where anyone can come and improve their lot in life. All I want is for them to do it legally, and don’t cut in front of the people who follow the rules.

    Hey Brady–how about the Mando Saenz review, by the way???

  92. Hollerin' Ben
    March 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Apparently Buddy Jewell is a modern day saint, a patriot, a historian, and a champion of all mankind.

    I have never met Buddy Jewell. He might be very nice. He may shake and howdy with the best of them. I notice on his website he has a picture of himself grinning and giving the thumbs-up with a disabled child, this may be indicative of his strong character.

    None of that makes a difference when it comes to analyzing this song. Those of us who have responded negatively to the tune have listed specific reasons, i.e. the aggressive tone Jewell takes towards immigrants, the needless and inflamatory inclusion of the Alamo, and his callous disregard for their welfare as human beings.

    The Jewell apologists responses have largely been comprised of the following
    1.”How dare you talk about Buddy that way? I’ll have you know that he’s a modern say saint, a patriot, a historian, and a champion of all mankind”

    and 2. “I am soo enraged by the issue of illegal immigration, both on principle and in practice (WHY MUST I PRESS 1 ON THE TELEPHONE!!!!!!!) that I applaud any song which is antagonistic towards Mexicans.”

    amazingly, no matter how many words are capitalized mid-sentence, their arguments are less than persuasive.

    To address a point that the apologists have raised, in one line of the song, Jewell does distinguish between Legal and Illegal immigrants. However, the title of the song isn’t “This ain’t your country of origin” it’s “This ain’t Mexico” and the instrumentation is specifically Mexican, and the things he says he likes (their “Margaritas” and “Fajitas” etc etc) are all specifically Mexican, not too mention the Alamo reference, which seems to serve no point aside from being a vague point of contention between Buddy and Mexicans.

    All of that adds up to the song being xenophobic and….wait for it……racist.

    And as far as Buddy’s Christianity, I obviously can’t speak to the strength of his faith, but if this song is an indication, then by his own words he is “tired of footing the bill” to “feed” mexican immigrants.

    Also, judging by the song, he thinks that the poor are to be bullied and mocked when they become inconvenient.

    These viewpoints and attitudes are not in accord with Christianity. However, as I stated above, this song may not be representative of his inner convictions. Of course, by trying to profit from a song that is so antithetical to Christianity and his own convictions is, in and of itself, not a sign of high character.

    In conclusion, my objection with this song has nothing to do with the political policy it advances per se.

    I object to this song as a person who thinks that its wrong to bully and mock the weak and the poor.

    I object to this song as a person who thinks its wrong to misrepresent immigrant workers as “invaders” who are somehow responsible for the Alamo.

    and I object to this song as a fan of country music, because I hate to see an American artform be used as a medium for thoughtless xenophobia.

  93. Joyce
    March 3, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Oh my, finally was able to make it here…the original link (ah–hem) seems not to get one here to make a comment…

    I totally agree with Cindy, Mary, Angie, Jane, Kathy, Luke and ect …..Who is footing the bill for folks who are not here legally??? Surprise…us the taxpayers…Folks are truly fed up with the situation…

    I do think that if a person from any other country wants to be in the United States then do it by legal means…Welcome all that truly want to be here legally and become a citizen…

    Everyone has an opinion….and….everyone should be free to express his/her opinion….I had tired all morning and this afternoon to get here to post a comment….kept getting Error and finally page unavailable….Why was that…Only yesterday, I had no problem clicking the provided link and coming here…What could have been the problem….Could it be that Buddy fans were making their voices heard??? Most likely..
    Thanks to Kathy for this link…..

    Enjoy the discussion….after all that is all this is… folks opinions…..nothing more…

    I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT BUDDY JEWELL AND HIS MUSIC…

  94. NJ
    March 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    ITS MY TIME, I TOO AGREE WITH, CINDY,MARY,ANGIE,JANE, KATHY, JOYCE,LUKE,and ect.
    I want to say that if you don’t know BUDDY JEWELL, then keep your mouth shut.Buddy is one of the best singer,song writers,anywhere.He is a Kind ,Loving,A true CHRISTIAN FAMILY MAN.I TOO AM SICK OF ALL THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMING TO THE U.S. and WE PAY ALL THE TAXES.I HAD A LOT MORE TO SAY BUT MOST OF IT HAS BEEN SAID. BUDDY, YOU HAVE A NUMBER ONE HIT SONG.
    WE LOVE YOU,KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
    THIS AINT MEXICO

  95. Cindy
    March 3, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Brady – no, I didn’t miss the line about the Alamo and I intentionally ignored the comment about Don Imus because it simply isn’t relevant to this discussion, therefore, to comment on Imus would be like comparing apples to oranges.

    In regards to the Alamo – the bottom line is that individuals fought for and gave their lives for reasons they believed in. And in the end, by doing so, Americans effectively demonstrated the point that indeed, “This Ain’t Mexico”.

    Unfortunately, it seems unavoidable to continue to discuss this song without a political rant of some kind. But, rest assured, my intention is that this is the last post I will make here. And I can with good conscience say that I have stated my observations and perspective with all the humility, integrity, and heart of a fair-minded individual, a compassionate AND out-spoken advocate for those less fortunate, a frequent writer, and always and forever – an undaunted Jewell fan.

    In my opinion, I think we’d all be better off if we could fairly consider and accept that this song has an upbeat, lively tune with cleverly rhymed lyrics that catches the spirit of what is undeniably a “hot topic” today in this country. Knowing Buddy, I believe it was well-intended and meant to be thought-provoking and at the same time – entertaining. So why can’t it be accepted for what it is – a song, period. Again, imho, I think it could be argued that to a great degree, it was also mindful and respectful to those who ARE here LEGALLY. I think if it were viewed that way, perhaps critics would be far less inclined to point fingers and yell ‘Yes, but’ and simply enjoy the song for what it is, a song, purely entertaining with a well-intended message.

    One thing we all seem to agree on is that no one has the right to tell us what to think, so despite the lyrics of any song, individuals are free to make up their own minds. Ideally, we should sift through the fog of politics, prejudice and even personal taste when objectively examining anything. And on this subject, since we (Buddy fans) have the advantage of true perspective, we opted to use it wisely by coming here and honestly attempting to share our opinion and views – views that are based on factual information that we personally know to be true; not hearsay, rumor, political spin, or innuendo. We would also hope to encourage those who don’t know Buddy to research him a little further, visit his website, message board, and myspace accounts and listen to his other wonderful music — but most of all — we hope to encourage those who don’t know him at all to educate yourself MORE before passing judgement.

    The illegal immigration controversy will likely continue on for many years, as there are no ‘quick fixes’ to complex political issues. But have no doubt, Buddy will also continue on to write and record great songs. I certainly don’t hesitate to tell others about this particular song, as I am proud of the writers for having the guts and foresight to stand in awe of the many potential challenges and meeting them head on.

    Politics is a fact of life, always has been and always will be. Oftentimes, how music is critically received has much to do with the present climate/leanings of the media world. Thus, it is not uncommon for art to be judged as much for the perceived politics of its maker than for any artistic merit it may genuinely contain. Like many artistic endeavors that resonate personally with their creators, I feel sure that this song was a collaborated vision, which the artists ultimately believed personified not only Americans but also freedom-loving, law-abiding people everywhere.

    Lastly, at the end of the day — this song may be reviled by some, ignored by others, but always adored by true Buddy fans. Frankly, I think it’s seldom that artists and their songs have had to bear such detailed scrutiny, but I would almost guarantee that all great ones do. So your review may ultimately end up illustrating that point beautifully. So again, I sincerely thank you for that.

    I don’t want to sound like a broken record, (pun intended) but again, those who know Buddy Jewell know he has been tried and tested many times over. He has been through a lot while pursuing his career and he finally made it and has lasted, despite any “flagging opinions” to the contrary. And we can all stand tall and say unequivocally that in the end, he (too) will always be remembered, just like the Alamo.

  96. Leeann
    March 4, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Politics aside. Even if this song had completely different words, even of the words were absolutely unoffensive to anyone, this song has horrible production and Jewell’s voice does not sound good. He does not sound as he has in previous albums, one of which I own. His voice actually sounds as if it’s aged, even though I know that’s not physically possible yet. So, even if the lyrics, which happens to be an integral part of a song, were brilliant, I still wouldn’t like the song. Now, “Ring of Fire” is catchy, even though the words aren’t necessarily a masterpiece. “This Ain’t Mexico” is not catchy, despite the lyrics.

  97. Leeann
    March 4, 2008 at 7:08 am

    He’ll always be remembered, just like the Alamo? Whoa!

  98. Lynn
    March 4, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Wow, what a HORRIBLE song. I live in San Diego, a huge border town, and no country radio DJ would DARE to play that song here.

    The spanish culture has permeated our way of life, and while this is still a difficult issue, it would be incredibly hypocritical to deny the contributions of Mexican culture and labor to our society, which we all enjoy (whether we know it or want to admit it). And big shock, but most of these people pay taxes – yes they do it under false social security numbers (which they are required to have to work – you know, for construction companies in order build your homes). They are not leeches on society. In most cases, their children are American and those kids know no other life. They work incredibly hard (at jobs you don’t want), because, for the most part, their sole reason for being here is to send money back home to their relatives so that they can survive on a daily basis.

    (Honestly, if the government really wanted to solve the immigration issue, they’d help boost the Mexican economy. As long as there are incentives to come here, they will find a way. It doesn’t matter how many fences you build and laws you pass. How the EU dealt with Eastern Europe is a great example of how to make that work.)

    For me, the most insulting part of this song may be the use of the Mariachi music. I can’t believe he had the gall to put his anti-Mexican tune to traditional Mexican music.

    Finally, maybe someone should tell him that country music is currently trying to find a way to tap into the hispanic market in the U.S (not to antagonize it). For that reason alone, I’d be surprised if any radio DJs play the song.

  99. helena
    March 7, 2008 at 6:31 am

    You can call me an old fashioned, close minded, flag wavin’, red neck gringa but this ain’t Mexico. Have any of you left wing nuts really listened to the song or has your bias precluded you from really doing so?

  100. Chris N.
    March 7, 2008 at 9:44 am

    It isn’t? Holy frijoles, I thought this was Mexico. Thanks!

  101. Leeann
    March 7, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Helena,

    Ithink all of us have *actually* listened to the song…and a lot of us have even commented on the song outside of its offensive lyrics. The way I figure it, if I can’t get the song to sound good through my Bose speakers, it’s just not good enough for me. And this song just doesn’t even come close to passing my admittedly simple test.

  102. hairandtoenails
    March 7, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I agree with Leeann. Most people have probably listened to the song, after all, a simple mouse click under the “thumbs down” logo will play the song on your computer. Thats how I listened to it.

    Also, Helena accuses the critics of being “left wing nuts.” I can’t speak for others, but I am a moderate centrist, and I often vote for republican candidates. People like Rudy Guiliani or Mike Bloomberg appeal to me, and these people are not hard core leftists. But even if I was a nutcase, left, right or other wing, simple insults such as “left wing nut” would not discredit my thoughts on the song.

  103. JLP
    March 9, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    First, people this is an election year for president and this is probably an issue,immigration along with other things like high Gas Prices! Second, I am glad to hear Buddy Jewell sing again. Also, I agree with NJ I met Buddy Jewell personally and he is a nice man with strong Christian Values.I might make people upset but I hope the song goes number 1. I will always be a Buddy fan and I hope his family is blessed beyond measure. I agree with NJ Buddy we love you and keep up the good work. God Bless You, Buddy

  104. Linda
    March 10, 2008 at 1:01 am

    This song will never go anywhere and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ruins his career…what little there is of it, that is.

  105. Melissa
    March 17, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I love this song! And I DO think it has a catchy beat! GO BUDDY!!

  106. Kelly
    March 17, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Melissa: Go Buddy?? Sometimes you have to listen to the actual words instead of the “catchy beat” (which is also up for debate). What is the alleged “catchy beat” worth if the lyrics are as ignorant as the singer himself? GO RACISM!!!!!

  107. Melissa
    March 17, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I have listened to the lyrics…I like them. I think you all are reading way too much into this song. I don’t view it as disrespectful at all. It is a catchy, light-hearted song that says what a lot of American’s are thinking.

  108. Carol
    March 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I understand that this is a BIG issue…don’t quite understand why it is. Anyone here illegally should be ousted…there is a procedure for being here and everyone should follow it. LOTS of people do and it does take years, but it is either stay and work on fixing what you don’t like about your own country or get in line.
    That doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate other culture’s music and food, etc.
    The line about the Alamo could have been left out as it really doesn’t have anything to do with the issue….and JR wasn’t a good choice to “appreciate” but other than that….the song has a lot of truth in it. Like it or not, a lot of folks feel that way. And, in America, they have the RIGHT to say it! :)

  109. Kelly
    March 17, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Ok, ok. I will summarize what the million other comments from 3 weeks ago said. No one is suggesting that illegal immigration be made legal, and no one is suggesting that (sadly) many Americans “talk like that”. My main issue is that it’s a bad song overall. If the lyrics fail to make logical sense and come off as ignorant, it’s unlikely the tune (which isnt as catchy as has been suggested) can help the lyrics that much. Also, I have the “right” to say that Jewell is acting depserate in his attempt to revive a career that hardly took off to begin with. Y’all keep arguing whether Americans should or shouldnt make fun of illegal immigrants, and I’ll keep saying that the song sucks, regardless of who “talks like that”….

  110. Mike
    June 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    The whole review revolves around a couple points, primarily that the song just “picks and chooses” parts of a culture and rejects the rest.

    That doesn’t make sense to me.

    The whole meaning of the song is that although he likes the culture of Mexico, this is indeed, and I quote, “not Mexico.”
    The song doesn’t support or put down Mexico itself, it just points out the fact that illegal immigration is, well, illegal.

    As for the “Johnny Rodrigez” (I can’t say I spelled that right or not) bashing, that would be the equivelant of calling someone “John Doe.” Just because someone had that name, it doesn’t mean they are bashing that person! The use of the name implies the fact that hundreds of people could have that name because Johnny is commonly used for a common name, and Rodriguez is Hispanic.

    It really isn’t that complicated people…

  111. Miles Elder
    June 15, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    The lyrics aren’t poetry, but they express a lot of the frustration that Americans feel these days. It’s going to be a hit so get used to hearing it on country radio.

  112. hairandtoenails
    June 15, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Miles Elder – This song has been out for at least three months and I haven’t heard it once on my radio; it is on no national chart; this song has no chance of getting anything but sporadic play on mainstream country radio.

    As for Mike’s point that the song “just points out the fact that illegal immigration is, well, illegal;” perhaps Mr. Jewell’s next single could be all about the fact that the color red is, in fact, the color red.

  113. Dylan Gramm
    June 16, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I managed to get ahold of a copy of his new single ‘MURDER IS BAD’. Here’s a taste of the lyrics:

    Murder is bad
    Yeah, Murder is bad
    I’m telling you sonny
    Murder is bad
    You shouldn’t kill people
    who done you no harm
    Don’t poke out their eyes
    Or cut off their arm
    Killing guys makes
    a lotta folks sad
    Don’t do it bubba,
    Murder is bad

    Raises an interesting point, eh?

  114. Kelly
    June 16, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Hey Miles, Johnny Rodriguez IS a country singer that is hispanic, he IS a real person, it isnt being used as a general “john doe” type of tag here. you are right, it “isnt that complicated”, IF you have the slightest clue as to what you are talking about…

    To add to the above well-written song, here is one from my box of demos:

    -Fathers Day is for Fathers.
    -It isnt for Mothers.
    -It isnt for children.
    -It isnt for lovers.
    -Fathers Day is for AMERICAN Fathers…ONLY, cuz we’re AMERICAN!!!!!

    So, Hitmen of Music row, tell me when I can join up on your tour and i’ll be there ready to perform this very patriotic future hit-single….

  115. Chris N.
    June 16, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Grass is green
    You know what I mean
    Every blade I’ve seen, it ain’t aquamarine
    Grass is green

  116. Dylan Gramm
    June 16, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    We should totally start a publishing company! We’ll have enough tunes for a whole record of redundant crap soon…

  117. jo
    June 18, 2008 at 12:20 am

    okokok why ll the stink about a man and American MAn tell it like it is in a song . we Americans are so sick and tired of all these ilegals coming in our home lands we are taxs payingpeople hard working and i personally im tired of working to pay for ilegals to come here from any country and when a child is born to them who foots the bill we do the American ppl and our tax dollars are paying for thier kids to go to school here and eating free breakfasts and lunches on us medicaid and when the American ppl are the elderly can not even go to the doctor are buy meds that they need but we can pay for all thier things meds dr. bills food heck i could and would go on an on but who im i fooling our goverment is so sick and and messed up it is a shame and only going to get worse , So God Bless Buddy Jewell for being man enougnto say what over 99 per cent of us would like to say go go go Buddy

  118. Dustin L.
    June 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    this isn’t a racist song ok. It wasn’t meant to be political or anything like that. Some of you ask why he only talks about mexican immigrants, well itcould be the fact that the only people you hear getting deported is illegal what? you guessed it, MEXICANS. i’m not racist and i’ll never be, but that doesn’t mean that i won’t defend someone for that puts out a good song and gets blamed for racism and crap like that. you have your opinon and i have mine. I agree with buddy jewell. illegal immigrants don’t pay property taxes, they have no bills, most live on welfare( nothing wrong with that if you can’t actually work). To be honest i am tired of footing the bill for every single lazy person(american, african american, mexican, irish, english, or any person of any other race) who has no physical problems, but just don’t to work. Yes this country is built on immigration from other countries. I’ll agree with that, but the ones who came here then were chosen to come or had to come here. They at least worked for what they took and claimed. yes some illegal immigrants do work and i used to know a few mexicans who were my friends, but they worked 16-18 hour days. they desreve to be in this country.

  119. Chris N.
    June 18, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    “the American ppl and our tax dollars are paying for thier kids to go to school here and eating free breakfasts and lunches on us”

    I certainly hope those kids pay attention in English class better than you did.

  120. Stormy
    June 18, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Dustin: Without illegal immigration the economies of states like Texas would collapse.

  121. Jim Malec
    June 19, 2008 at 2:07 am

    So which Mexicans are the one who are living off “welfare” and not working? Oh right, all the ones you don’t know or have never met. All the Mexicans you know personally worked 16-18 hours a day. Strange how the actuality is different from the belief.

  122. Kelly
    June 19, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I agree with Jim, Chris and Stormy, but even more I disagree with Dustin, that my main issue is that it is a horrible song, from start to finish! The insipid, ignorant lyrics only make it worse.

    Also, Dustin, if you werent born here, you must work 16-18 hrs a day to “deserve” to be in this country?? Wow, lucky you, huh??? Go read and comment on Lou Dobbs site, since you are obvioulsy a white american male, you should be allowed access to it, as it seems to be a bit more your speed, I bet he even likes Buddy Jewell…

  123. Jess
    June 26, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I like this song. We aren’t picking and choosing what we like about Mexicans. I agree what he says in the song, if you want be here LEGALLY it is fine. There MANY races that have come here legally and work their butts off to do so.
    I am half hispanic and the town I live in is a disgrace towards the hispanic culture. Most of them live off of the system and are drug dealers and the teenage kids are in gangs(fyi i am only 19 so I know this because I went to school with TONS of them). If they want to do things the right way and be an American and be proud about being an American then stay :) Thats just my opinion. And I know that ALOT of people are sick and tired of it, btu are too afraid to say it. I AM NOT. There shouldn’t be anything to be afraid of. Its truth….

  124. Stormy
    June 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Carolyn Keeton Strayhorn, when she was comptroller of Texas, found that “illegal aliens” contributed over 420 million back into the state’s economy than what it cost the state to support them. Perhaps before we kick the “illegals” out we need to make sure the already strained budgets of border states can afford to lose them.

    http://migramatters.blogspot.com/2006/12/texas-comptroller-reports-undocumented.html

  125. Kim
    June 27, 2008 at 5:05 am

    I personally love this song.I dont think there is anything wrong with it.I really dont think this song is racist or Buddy Jewel for that matter.I think alot of people are sick and tired.I know alot of mexican people who work hard,have respect for our country,speak english and are proud to be Americans.They live the American dream every day,because they earned it the legal way, the right way.This song isnt saying kick them all out.Its saying become legal the right way.Did you listen to the words?I am so tired of being called racist every time we stand up for whats right.Come on people are you blind?I live in a city that is flooded with mexicans.You cant get a decent job unless you speak spanish.What spanish?They are here, are they not?If we moved to Mexico would they speak english for us? My family came from Germany,they learned English.What about all the other races?Do we speak their languages?No.Our kids are suffering in school,because teachers have to say everything in English and then in Spanish.Another thing,when my family came from Germany they worked their asses off to support their families.Nobody was standing waiting for them to hop off the ship,saying welcome to America The Land Of The Free…free money, free houses,free medical,free food,free clothes,oh and here you can have all our jobs too,and dont worry about learning English we’ll learn your language.Noway,not in a million years would my ancestors except handouts.Also,im tired of scrapping by,trying to figure out how Im going to feed my family.Like this one time we were down on our luck,I had to take our change jar to the store to buy food for my family,I went to the store went to park,parked right next to a Escalade,it was a beautiful ride.Had spinning rims ,sad thing is I already knew who it belonged to,cus thats all you see.I knew it belonged to a mexican.Anyway, I took my change into the store,and cashed it in and got my few little groceries that I could afford,and got in line and I notice this mexican family in front of me,their shopping cart was over flowing with groceries,I also noticed how they were all dressed in all name brand clothes.I knew the jeans the man was wearing were $100.00 cus my son wanted them,but I couldnt afford them,but anyway,so the whole family are all dressed really well,then I notice good greif, they are also decked out in tons of gold jewelry,wow it must be nice.So, the clerk trys to ask them a question,but guess what they dont speak any English.Shocker.So then,the mexican woman whips out her food stamp card,yes,I said food stamp card.They are decked out in expensive clothes and gold jewelry using a foodstamp card!I was pissed off to say the least.Then I pay for my groceries,and leave the store and go to my car thats on it’s last legs only to find that same mexican family decked out in expensive clothes, and gold jewelry,using their foodstamp card loading their basket of overflowing FREE groceries that my husband works his ass off to buy for them while I take change to the store,loading groceries into the beautiful Escalade with the spinning rims!!!!!!So yea, I and alot of other people are sick and tired,not racist!I could go on for days,and only speak the truth.Look around you they are taking over and we are letting them. Its time we take a stand.Oh and by the way I have a daughter that is half hispanic,and I know hispanics who are just as mad as me.Infact they are embarressed of their own race.

  126. Kelly
    June 27, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Kim: I think many americans can relate to parts of your story, especially the parts where there is some sort of financial struggle. I just think it’s dangerous to generalize an entire race based upon some people that may be abusing the system or not choosing to learn the english language. You have no clue whether that mexican family you mentioned is here legally or not, which has more to do with what you claim your argument is. I dont think any reasonable person thinks that you are racist for agreeing that illegal immigration is in fact, illegal. the main point has been that people here are speaking in such general terms that it renders their argument “against” illegal immigrants pointless (especially when you say that you knew what race of people the vehicle belonged to based upon how it looked only). You were likely seeing a family that is legally here abusing the system and therefore you arent arguing that illegal immigrants are taking “free food” as you say, but that Mexicans in general are…so which is it?

  127. leeann
    June 27, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I don’t know much about food stamps, but I was under the impression that one had to be a legal citizen to get them.

    I’m not defending illegal immigration, but I think it’d be cool if my kids (who don’t exist yet) could learn another language. To me, such a thing could only be beneficial for them.

  128. Stormy
    June 27, 2008 at 8:52 am

    KIM: What is “right” about scapegoating one of the weakest groups in our culture, one of the easiest to abuse because they have so few rights? There are so many things wrong with your descriptions–for starters, most illegals don’t use any government services because they are afraid of being deported. No food stamps, no welfare. Also, most illegals don’t drive an Escalade. Heck, most legal citizens of this country don’t drive a gas guzzling status symbol. Finally, food stamps don’t give you that much money. You might be able to get an overflowing BAG of groceries, but not bags. I have a friend who gets food stamps for her and her daughter and their meal plans usually go something like this–“A pound of ground beef with a couple cans of tomato sauce and some pasta and that should last us two days.”

  129. Stormy
    June 27, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Leeann: You do.

    And don’t get me started about us being one of the few first world countries without an elementary school language program. When I was 14 we had an Icelandic exchange student who was 2 years older than I was and she spoke 6 languages that she learned in school. My school offered 2 years of Spanish. GRRRR.

  130. leeann
    June 27, 2008 at 9:02 am

    ….And I don’t think it can be stressed enough that even despite my disdain for the lyrics, the actual execution of the song is horrible. So, even if Buddy was singing about an innocuous topic, I’d still hate the song.

  131. Kelly
    June 27, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I agree Leeann, but I am tired of reminding people on this thread that the song itself is almost as offensive as the folks that have decided that illegal immigrants are “stealing” from us hard-working white folk. But no, if the song is “real” or it’s “what people really think”, then it must be good, regardless of how generic and misguided the actual song itself really is.

  132. Jess
    June 27, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I Have read Kim’s writing and other’s who reposted. I know that illegals can get food stamps and other help with money for free. My hispanic grandmother helps illegals get money and homes and food and etc.
    WE ARE JUST SAYING HERE…. There have been plenty of other races that have come here legally and have worked their asses off t be here and that are proud & didnt expect the system to hand them things because they take the land of the free in the wrong damn way. I’m not saying that mexican illegals are the only problem, but they are the biggest problem. It’s pretty sad when you call something for and the talk in spanish for those who dont understand and english. Maybe they should add some chinese language, german language, russian lanuguage an etc. You should seriously come to Yakima. And then you will see why it’s so damn annoying. As I said before, I am half hispanic and the town I live in disgraces my race.

  133. Kim
    July 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    First of all let me say that I live in a city that when you drive down the road 10 mexicans drive by you in an Escalade,and thats within a couple blocks,we are starting to wonder if they give them out at the border.If that offends you too bad!Secondly,I used to work for a check cashing place and we also had to cash foodstamps.This is when my eyes started to open wide at this situation.You are sadly mistaken if you think that they get hardly any foodstamps cus when they would come in to cash them I would have to cash $600.00,$700.00,$800.00,$1100.00,even $1500.00 in foodstamps vouchers for these people who could not speak any English and had no social security card,and as far as I know you have to know English to become an American citizen!!!But no you do not have to be legal to get assistance.What used to make me soooo mad was that we also had a Vietnam Vet that would come in and cash his foodstamps,he was in a wheelchair cus he lost his legs fighting for us,and GUESS how much he got in foodstamps?$20.00.Yea thats what you get when you loose youre legs for us.But if you dont speak any english and your daily job is figuring out how to screw our system then you can get as much as $1500.000 in foodstamps.Yea I said that they screw our system,cus they do, not all of them but a whole hell of alot of them do!!!!Let me tell you how they work…the women go get assistance while the men sell drugs!and if that offends you, open your eyes.I would love to know where you live that they only get enough for a loaf of bread and a package of hamburger,cus here where I live that is not the case at all.Like I said in my first comment I am not a racist I am just sick and tired!Oh yea and also we had them marching here when they were fighting to not send illegals home,and they werent even holding American flags they were holding Mexican flags,and holding signs that said we love Mexico!These are the ignorant people,they were fighting to stay in America and worshiping and chanting Mexico.If they love Mexico sooo much why the hell dont they go home?

  134. John Maglite
    July 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Kim: Are you sure you weren’t a ghostwriter on “This Ain’t Mexico”?

  135. Tiffany
    July 12, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I love that song!! While I don’t agree with the Alamo statement, the fact is that illegal Mexicans are killing our economy is verbalized accurately. Illegal Mexicans take jobs away from Americans,don’t pay taxes, and send a large majority of the money they earn- back to Mexico, taking it out of the economy. How could you be a tax paying American and believe that they are contributing to our society. they are breaking the law. Why should they be treated any differently than anyone else who breaks the law? They come across the border, take advantage of EMTALA to have their baby here so the baby can be a US citizen and collect welfare and free housing.

  136. hairandtoenails
    July 12, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Tiffany says, “How could you be a tax paying American and believe that they are contributing to our society. they are breaking the law.”

    Many illegal immigrants work in construction, in farming, in hotels, in other places. This is all productive work and certainly a “contribution to our society.”

    I don’t know if illegal immigrants, as a whole, contribute more to the economy than they “take away” from it. To answer that question would require reading sophisticated economic studies that are beyond my understanding.

    I don’t know if, overall, illegal immigration is good or bad for the country. I have no solutions to offer.

    I doub’t that Jewell knows much on this topic either. And that’s one of the problems with the song. Jewell comes across as being ignorant on these matters, yet willing to expound on them. Its an unattractive combination.

  137. Stormy
    July 13, 2008 at 10:57 am

    The Texas Comptroller found that illegal aliens contrubited over 420 Million dollars more into the state economy than what they took out.

  138. Tiffany
    July 13, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    How can they contribute to the economy when they don’t pay taxes!!! They take the money they earn doing jobs that belongs to Americans- such as construction and send a large portion back to Mexico to support their families there. Don’t kid yourselves, and don’t be so naive. We don’t let Americans get away with tax fraud, welfare abuse, and total abuse of the health care system. Why do we let illegals do it??? The Mexican government publishes literature on how to sneak across the border. They know that illegals are profitable to their economy. There are hundreds of thousands of immigrants going through the proper system to enter our country legally, work, pay taxes contribute. Illegals- no matter what country they come from should be sent back!! I spent a 2 years working in a hospital in Phoenix- it is a mess!!!They need to leave!!!

  139. Stormy
    July 13, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    They pay both payroll and sales taxes. Not to mention that they keep companies open taht would otherwise close.

  140. Kelly
    July 14, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Tiffany: You are being overly-general and quite naive yourself when you suggest that “illegals” are taking jobs that “belong” to americans. Unfortunately, we live in a country where many, if not most “legal” residents who are looking for jobs would rather go jobless and drain the system that way, versus taking a construction job or something similar to that. I do not mean to answer your blanket statement with one myself, but there is a reason you see so many hispanic residents (that are here both legally and illegally) working tough, manual labor jobs and not many other races or ethnicities represented. It is my educated opinion (from personal experience) that if someone truly wants work, regardless of where they are from, there is work out there, but one must adjust their standards or expectations to realistic levels in many cases.

  141. Marcia Campbell
    July 17, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    This song is not racist. It’s telling the folks that want to break our laws to get out and do it right or stay home. It isn’t “dumbed down” in the least. I’m glad they wrote this song, and I will play it loudly everytime it comes on.

  142. Stormy
    July 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    The problem is that when the people who break our laws go to Mexico then our citizens have to break the laws of Mexico to go down there and bring them back here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_the_Bounty_Hunter

  143. Chris N.
    July 17, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    “I’m glad they wrote this song, and I will play it loudly everytime it comes on.”

    … and how often is that?

  144. JR
    July 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I love this song! Where can I get a copy to balst from my speakers as I drive through town???Illegals are ruining our country. I can’t understand why, if you leave your country to illegally enter what you consicer a better place to live, then why turn it into the place you left!!! These illegals are trashing our stores, littering the countryside, lowering our property values, overwhelming our schools, draining our programs designed to assist Americans, and on and on and on. We are enabling them by printing everything in dual languages, and forcing Americans to learn Spanish just to qualify as “bilingual” to get a job. It is wrong! I say send them all packing and like the song says, if you want to get in, stand in line.

  145. Chris N.
    July 19, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Yeah! It’s just like how the Europeans learned to speak the Native Americans’ languages when we came here. Remember that?

  146. Jim C.
    July 20, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    THIS SONG ROCKS. If all you “bleeding heart liberals” would just do some “real fact finding” work (click, click, click) to see just what those damn illegals cost AMERICA each year… You would not be so “open border”. Or maybe you don’t mind the BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of U.S. Dollars being given to those damn illegals each year, all at U.S. (You & I) taxpayers expense. They have a “country” of their own, IF IT’S BROKE,,,, LET THEM FIX IT! IF they really love mexiho,,,, they will fix it! DON’T CRY TO AMERICA!

  147. Stormy
    July 20, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Jim: How would you ballance the Texas budget without the 420 million dollars profit that Illegal Aliens bring into the state economy?

    Also, the new movemwent is Mexicans, both legal and illegal, going back home because they cannot afford to live here.

  148. Joyce
    July 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I like Buddy Jewell and I like the song.

  149. Joyce2
    July 20, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    I see there is another Joyce so I will be Joyce2, I voted for Buddy on Nashville Stars first show and I still think he is great and I want to find the CD that this song is on so I can play it very loudly.

  150. Jim C
    July 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Stormy, You ask:

    Jim: How would you ballance the Texas budget without the 420 million dollars?

    OK, Lets the a little simple MATH…. Billions OUT is MORE THAN Millions IN. WOW, that was hard…

    Soooooo,,,,, is does 420 Million “profit” that Illegal Aliens bring into the state economy include the (un-paid) Hospital bills, fraud, free food stamps, fraud, housing, home invasions, rapes, murders, drugs, you know, just a few things off the top of a list that goes on and on????

  151. Stormy
    July 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    No, actually its 420 million dollars MORE than is spent on them. MSN ran a really good article on how “getting rid” os illegal aliens would collapse the US economy totally.

  152. Jake
    July 27, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    This song speaks nothing but the truth. Why should the American tax payers support illegals who come here and expect us to do everything for them. Most Americans bust thier asses to support themselves and thier families, and when they look at how much of thier paycheck is taken out in taxes to pay for hospital expenses and things like that, it is sickening. If immigrants don’t like thier country, come to America the right way, dont come to the best country in the world and take advantage of it. Buddy, you rule man!

  153. Stormy
    July 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Because they make so much more money for American than they cost us.

  154. Stephen H.
    July 27, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Chris N., you need to work with the powers-that-be to get a Story Behind the Song for a future CW issue. I’d love to see the reasoning for this song ever seeing the light of day.

  155. Chris N.
    July 28, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I’d love to, but to qualify for SBTS the song has to have actually been a hit.

  156. hairandtoenails
    July 28, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Speaking of hit status, has this song even received any airplay? Certainly I haven’t heard it on my station or seen it in the top 60 or so on mediabase.

    Does anybody know of any station that has more than a handful of listeners that has put this song into some kind of rotation?

  157. Kelly
    July 28, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I told myself I would stop commenting on this thread….sadly, hairandtoenails there is a station in dallas (i refuse to name it) that has spun it at least a few times that i know of…sad.

  158. Loyd
    July 28, 2008 at 10:31 am

    this is a great song…. i love it

  159. Paul
    July 28, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Buddy, God Bless you for standing up for all the other Americans who may not have the ablities to speak and be heard I hope that this song gets out and heard by people who can do something about it please let me know what i can do to help get this message out to all Americans and lets take a poll and see how many do agree and post it only in ENGLISH only thats what chaps my A– the most is that they will not learn the Language I could go on and on it’s just makes me madd. I will PRAY for you and i hope your career soars like a rocket. sign Paul from Tennessee

  160. Renee
    July 30, 2008 at 2:51 am

    This song ROCKS Buddy. We just got a copy tonight from the cowriter for a tip and soooooo love it. We will be calling the radio stations to request it. I plan to make a ringtone of it!! The gentleman that co-wrote this is a very intelligent individual. This song very much says what many feel but what some are afraid to speak their mind. After the past few years of Salazar screwing up Colorado I couldn’t leave the state fast enough and grateful to now being in a state of like minded people. This song only hits the tip of the iceberg what is wrong with what was once a great country.

  161. Dana Darbro
    August 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    I think that more than 5 out of 10 Americans are fed up with illegal immigration. If it’s against the law do not sugar coat it and call it un-documented workers. They are criminals and should be treated as such. No other country in the world including Mexico are as pandering as the US when it comes to illegal immigration. Kudos to Buddy Jewel and I hope this song wears out the airwaves. Long live the Red White and Blue.

  162. Stormy
    August 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Actually most first world coutries have better systems in place for immigration

  163. Jim Malec
    August 2, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    And I think that five out of ten Americans believe in Unicorns.

    50% of statistics are made up randomly on the spot.

  164. Jaime
    August 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Buddy Jewel’s career is 100% sinking fast.

  165. Stormy
    August 2, 2008 at 8:19 pm
  166. leeann
    August 2, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    “50% of statistics are made up randomly on the spot.”

    Ha, Jim! That reminds me of Todd Snider’s “Statistician’s Blues.”

  167. gaby
    August 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    jim the actual rule is “82% of all statistics are made up on the spot”

    and 49% of all americans don’t understand statistics

  168. REDNECK
    August 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I think whats he’s saying is completely true but i think he crossed the line in writing a song about it. it is illegal to be here ILLEGALY and i think every illegal alien, (not just from mexico) should be deported. I also belive that you should know enough english to communicate if you come here.

  169. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I also belive that you should know enough english to communicate if you come here.

    Does that include spelling and grammar?

  170. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I swear, ten percent of these posts use words like hugimongous and half the time I don’t understand what they mean.

  171. ken
    August 5, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I think most of you are missing the point. He is not picking and choosing the things he likes or dislikes…he is just stating the fact that if you want to be a citizen of this country there is a process, and an illeagle alien is just that, ILLEAGLE. get in line and follow the proper paperwork and start paying federal and state taxes, and your as good as any other american to me. And as for the 420 million dollars Illeages contributed, get the people that wont work of their buts and make them take the jobs the illeagles are doing…thats less money the gov has to pay to freeloaders, the works still getting done, and the money stays here in the USA.
    Give em hell Buddy, Id stand by ya and preach it any day of the week

  172. Chris N.
    August 5, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I had an ill eagle once, but it got better.

  173. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I am eagerly awaiting the first country song that calls out the fact that most people working in the service industries on tips grossly underreport their incomes at tax time. Write that song, Buddy.

  174. Stormy
    August 5, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    KEN: He’s missing the point too.

  175. urbancowgirl
    August 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    “This Ain’t Mexico” failed to chart. Case closed.

  176. Jeffrey Kelly
    August 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I like this song . It says it all . I dont have anythink against Immigration. When immigrants come here legally I fine with that. Mexican Illegals break a number of fedarla laws when they come over the border, it is against federal law to render aid, provde money , housing or anything that aids them in their act of breaking the law. I for one am for rounding them all up and fingerprint them , cataloge them fully and then exile them back to the country they come from. If they return they are to be executed no questions asked period. This is the laws that Mexico has on its books . The same laws the Mexican government enforces on its southern border . The mexican Government tell its people to go to the Us , Break its immigration laws . Actually the Mexican government has committed many acts of war , its soldiers have been found in the usa executing american citizens as far inland as phoenix az. This is a fact . So this song is right on .

  177. Stormy
    August 11, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Can you provide a credible source for Mexicans immigration law?

  178. helena
    August 11, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    The song has just been released to radio. The message needs to be heard. Buddy is receiving standing ovations everywhere he plays it. All concerned Americans need to call their local radio stations and request the song. This is an issue too important to ignore regardless of your political stance for it is literally on all of our doorsteps.

  179. Hoss
    August 15, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Love the song
    God bless the USA

  180. Tex
    August 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    This song sucks plain and simple. Jewell should have known better. Put a fork in him. He’s done.

  181. Randy
    August 24, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I find it funny that people take some things so seriously and yet some of the things that we should take seriously we wave off as a little problem. I love this song its simple and to the point. yes he picks on mexicans but no matter what hes sayin if ur here illeagly get the heck out u don’t belong here. If you came here leagaly then ur more then welcome to stay and partake in all that america has to offer. I personally am tired of paying for deadbeat illeagal citizens that can’t pay taxes to enjoy americas freedoms. disregard some of the lyrics that really bug you you closed minded people and listen to his message Its plain and simple, U come in illeagal u should go back where you came from!! Waylon im sure would have sung a song like this as well as Merle. Buddy is just carrying on the tradition of country lovin flag wavin folks who love and cherish this country. Next to buddy the only other singer we have that will speak his mind is Good Ole TK, Toby Keith!!

  182. Stormy
    August 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    How strong and masculine does one have to be to take cheap pot shots at some of the most vulnerable members of society?

  183. Randy
    August 24, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    wat makes them vulnerable? they no where and how to get us where they want us givin them wat they want cause life is so terrible where they live. thats tough life is hard for some here in the states!

  184. Funk
    August 24, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Waylon im sure would have sung a song like this as well as Merle. Buddy is just carrying on the tradition of country lovin flag wavin folks who love and cherish this country.

    Just like John Rich was certain Johnny Cash would be a McCain supporter, right?

  185. Randy
    August 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    wat does that have to do with this song or songs like it?

  186. Funk
    August 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Randy, it’s a subtle way to point out the bigotry contained in the song. Actually, I am supportive of artists who engage themselves in current issues and speak out with their voice. But commercial music sits at an interesting position in our society. A musical artist who chooses to put her or his music on radio where it’s necessary to please millions of people, or even the musical artist who chooses to write a song for a television commercial, must assume the views in that song will match a significant piece of the population.

    My point is that such an artist can do that if he chooses and he may be wrong. He’ll fail because of it. For the rest of us, it’s just dumb for you or I to guess that someone else we don’t know well at all will share those views. We don’t know at all.

  187. Stormy
    August 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Randy: They are vulnerable because their status makes it easy to exploit them. Notice Fox News never tells you about the bosses who opt out of paying them by turning them in to INS.

    As for Waylon and Merle. Merle was always on the side of the working class so he would, at the very least, see this for the complex problem it is. And Waylon, as part of the Highwaymen chose to sing this song:
    DEPORTEES
    by Woody Guthrie
    The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting
    The oranges are filed in their creosote dumps
    They’re flying ‘em back to the Mexico border
    To take all their money to wade back again
    Goodbye to my Juan, farewell Roselita
    Adios mes amigos, Jesus e Maria
    You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane
    All they will call you will be deportees
    My father’s own father, he waded that river
    They took all the money he made in his life
    It’s six hundred miles to the Mexico border
    And they chased them like rustlers, like outlaws, like thieves
    The skyplane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon
    The great ball of fire it shook all our hills
    Who are these dear friends who are falling like dry leaves?
    Radio said, “They are just deportees”
    Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?
    Is this the best way we can raise our good crops?
    To fall like dry leaves and rot on out topsoil
    And be known by no names except “deportees”

  188. Randy
    August 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    i beleive all my point in that statement was that at their time both of those singers had recorded songs and i know a few others had been brought to light like the charlie daniels band and hank jr with some of their more rebellious songs.they are all writiers or singers of songs that yea sure there are some people that don’t like them they think its wrong to hurt someones feelings but to be honest with you i see nothing wrong with hurting someones feelings and if someone doesn’t like this song its simple they don’t have to listen to it. Its a good song and says wat alot of us are thinking and i applaud it.

  189. Randy
    August 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    with so many amercans stormy that have no jobs there are just as many of them that have probably lost that job to an illeagl alien that would do that job for less. I for one have lost a job to someone like that and was not pleased to see i was replaced in a job that paid 7 dollars an hour because he would do it for 5. thats neither here nor there and thats a discussion for another thread. all im sayin is i like this song and beleive its someone showin how to use your freedom of speech in a good way. Its gutsy and i support that!

  190. Stormy
    August 24, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    And you blame him and not your employer for this why?

  191. Courtney
    August 24, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    What right do we have to totally insult people in a song for wanting a better life? Isn’t it their right as a human to want and have a better life for themselves and families? Sometimes people here are just to self absorbed.

    This is a racist song, you can’t say it’s not. It’s saying I’m gonna eat tacos and listen to mariachi music but get the hell out cuz I’m an @$$hole of an American.

    Why do you care if they’re taking the jobs most Americans don’t even want? Maybe you could get yourself off wellfare, if you took one of those jobs. Most people around my town who think illegals should get packing are on wellfare and do what they say the illegals are doing, when most of the illegals (around here) have jobs and are actually working instead of just sitting on their front porch smoking. And they do put money back into our system enough that some state’s economies would colapse as mentioned above.

    Learning another language is very complicated especially with all of our wierd rules. And why is it such a terrible thing for some of us to learn another language? Oh no, we might get smarter. That would be a terrible thing. Then we couldn’t live in blissful ignorance.

    Maybe if we made it harder to cross the border illegaly, there wouldn’t be so many illegal immigrants. Ever think about it that way? Should we really be so ignorant and hateful towards people who just want something better?

  192. Courtney
    August 24, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    “I know hispanics who are just as mad as me.Infact they are embarressed of their own race.”

    I’m embarassed that people of my race wrote this song, actually recorded it, and some agree with it’s hateful and racist lyrics.

    Ken, you might wanna brush up on your spelling or just use spellcheck since asking you to learn something might be too much to ask.

    Randy you’re right Toby Keith totally speaks his mind. Did you hear him speak his mind on that one song about a hottie who’s kinda naughty? Oh yeah, he totally speaks his mind about stuff that matters.

  193. Randy
    August 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    sorry courtney the song of his that comes to mind that for some reason upsets people is the angry american where he talks about kickin the talibans a$$ for wat they did to us. thats the song i think of!

  194. Stormy
    August 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Actually, the song doesn’t mention the Taliban at all.

  195. Thomas
    August 25, 2008 at 7:35 am

    a fine patriot can always smell a taliban, even if you can’t see or hear them. besides mexican or taliban, not even a visually challenged person can miss the “an-connection”.

  196. Stormy
    August 25, 2008 at 7:51 am

    But Toby’s song was not that intelligent or articulate a song about 9-11.

  197. Chris N.
    August 25, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I can see how someone who hasn’t yet mastered the English language might be worried about having to learn Spanish as well.

  198. John Maglite
    August 25, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Zing!

  199. Chuck
    August 27, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    The song also states something along the lines of if you want the freedoms, and things this country has to offer there is a line get in it. The song is saying exactly what alot of people in this country feel. People that come here following the laws are welcome. The thing that I am seeing from many of the comments the majority of people that have responded do not acknowledge the simple fact that the Illegal aliens are breaking our laws!

  200. helena
    September 3, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    To those of you who agree with this song’s message and think it needs to be heard please let your radio stations know.

  201. Paul H!
    September 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I agree with Chuck and Helena; others are grossly over- reacting. Click on the permalink for more comments. =PSH

  202. Stormy
    September 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Can’t we just ship all of the uptight Purtians who worry about who’s having sex aith whom and how, what color of skin people have any how they got here, and all that other stuff that is none of their business back to England?

  203. Joyce2
    September 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I see that we’re still talking about this song, I still think its a great song. It tells it like it is. If you live here in Arizona, we the tax payer, end up paying for the illegals medical care, pay for having them in Jail when they break our laws, and when we deport them the thumb their nose at us and come back. Someone says they do the jobs that the average American won’t do, well if employers paid better the average American would do the job, but somehow no one wants to pay a living wage for those jobs.

    The illegals are one of the biggest problems in this country and we need to stop them from coming in and the ones that are here send them back to their own country.

  204. Stormy
    September 6, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    As a tax payer in Texas I really cannot afford the economic colapse if they leave.

  205. Joyce2
    September 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t think that there is going to be an economic colapse. Yes we will feel their absent in not needing as many teachers and schools, nor well fare workers, or jails or maybe even police but in the long run it can only mean that Americans that want to live in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and Southern California can come and not feel like they have dropped into another country.

  206. Stormy
    September 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    The Comptroller in the state of Texas disagrees with you.

  207. Joyce2
    September 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Yes, I know but here in Arizona we the taxpayer feel the impack of the illegals in our communities. Its sad to say we are always finding drop houses where illegals are being kept locked up, until their families get more money for their release and than usually they are caught and sent back to Mexico. Illegals are killing our policemen, going to our hospitals for treatment, no money no insurance to pay for thier medical bills and here we can not turn them away. (no one should be turned away that is in pain anyway. I have wondered how hard is it to get into this country the legal way, I think I will do some research on it….

  208. Kelly
    September 9, 2008 at 10:35 am

    ok, ok. it is cool to kill cops if you are “legal”…good to know, Joyce, go do your research and also remind yourself how amazingly blessed you are to not have to ever risk your life trying to get to another country and live in poverty so as to actually IMPROVE your life’s quality…forgive them if they dont care about YOUR taxes or YOUR alleged jobs that the people on this thread are claiming are being stolen (yeah, I see a ton of white guys waiting to pick up some day-labor work in Dallas)…do your research on why they should give a crap about you, when you CLEARLY do not give a crap about them…

    I am not saying we should change the laws, or that illegal immigration isnt wrong, but I am talking about reality, not utopia. in real life, these folks that are risking everything do not care if you feel like they shouldnt make a better life for their family.

  209. Chris N.
    September 9, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I dunno, John McCain said those jobs pay $50 a day. That ain’t bad.

  210. Kelly
    September 9, 2008 at 11:04 am

    thats good research, chris!!

  211. Chris N.
    September 9, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Actually, I totally screwed that up. He actually said $50 an HOUR.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWOZKeOauNI

  212. helena
    September 9, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    It always amazes me how every issue is somehow taken in a political context. The issue of illegal immigration is not one of left or right, liberal or conservative. Gaining control of our nation’s boarders is simply a matter of common sense. How is a nation defined other than by its laws, customs, language and geographical definition. Those in favor of open boarders paint a rosy picture of Juan and Juanita simply looking for a better life while ignoring the fact that untold scores of the most vicious criminals come here to further their criminal careers in a much more lucrative environment. Explain that to the women who have been raped, the families of murder victims, and to the American taxpayer who foots the bill for the prisons that are filled to capacity with these so called well intentioned individuals. This boarder must be sealed and not tomorrow or in ten years because this situation is utter chaos bordering on anarchy. And who gives these goody two shoes the right to tell the American people which laws will and will not be obeyed. What arrogance and utter hypocrisies. You can call me an old fashioned, close minded, flag waving, redneck gringo but this ain’t Mexico.

  213. Matt B.
    September 9, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    This may not be mexico but white folks sure stole over 1/3 of the country from Mexicans, just like they did the rest of the country from Native Americans.

  214. Kelly
    September 10, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I continue to be amazed at how many of these flag-waving gringos are continually attacked by only illegal immigrants? I guess i am too busy watching the news or reading newspaper articles about citizens being attacked by other citizens, i mean, i am not the only one who thinks thats wrong also, am i?

    I also want to bring attention back to this excuse for a song. Jewell idiotically sings about enjoying fajitas, johnny rodriguez and other things he claims are mexican treasures (even if they’re not, but why let facts get in the way of a crappy song)and then tells “them” to “go back home”. regardless of where you stand on immigration, doesnt that strike you as a shallow and extremely insenisitive way of viewing an entire country of people? btw, you cant give me the stupid line of “it’s just a song” if you insist on using this song as a statemet or argument for closing the borders. I only wish I as a white-american could go down to mexico and contribute or share half of the unique, cultural aspects of my everyday life that the average mexican could share with us here in America.

  215. Marc
    September 10, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Music… art…. ignorant or not (‘sup Toby!)

    Let’s leave the racism on your own side of the monitor.

  216. Daniel
    September 11, 2008 at 8:37 am

    hooray for buddy jewell, as a vietnam vet, nobody fought that war to have this country overrun by illegal immigrants. this country took 2 years to allow my wife of 10 years into this country…cause she’s Canadian! everybody that wants in this country and i dont care what country they are from need to be subjected to the same kind of treatment, “NO OPEN DOOR FOR ANYONE!” you go buddy, i’ll stand beside you all the way.

  217. Chris N.
    September 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Six months later, I’m still waiting for someone to defend this song on musical grounds instead of ideological grounds.

  218. Jim Malec
    September 11, 2008 at 9:39 am

    It’s easy to criticize something based on a gut reaction and MSM talking points rather than critically thinking about the situation. And that what’s happening here–99% of the people who have commented on this thread from an anti-immigrant perspective have done so by blurting out the most shallow, reactionary Rush-isms imaginable.

    Does anyone really think that our economy wouldn’t go down the toilet if we “sent them home?” Do you think that, suddenly, there will be 12,000,000 unemployed Americans who will be willing to step up and take all the jobs the “illegals” left behind? And for the same wages?

    We have to fix our trade policies, our tax policies, our labor policies, at the same time we work to fix our border policies. These things are interconnected.

    People need to use their brains.

  219. Brady Vercher
    September 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Not to take anything away from what y’all said, but all we really need is some ICE ICE Baby.

  220. William
    September 12, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Musically speaking…its a good beer drinking song that gets a great response from the crowd, it gets them involved and moves them. isnt that what a good song is suppose to do?

  221. Kelly
    September 12, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I guess you are right to a point, but if you drink enough beer, is it the song that really gets you moving or the beer? Hell, any version of “Hallelujah” (cohen, buckley or Willie)is a good beer drinkin’ song if you have enough of it. Also, i still have a problem with the visual of “citizens” high-fiving and drinking beer (corona probably) while Grand-Dragon Jewell bellows about sending “them back home”..

  222. WILLIAM
    September 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    the key to what is described about sending them home in the first few lines where he’s saying illegal immigration…i can only voice my opinion and to me “illegal is illegal” it doesn’t matter what country or nationality you are. i really think that may be the point he is trying to make. as far as anything being a “good beer drinking song” with enough beer, that depends on your musical preference, not the amount of beer you’ve had. perhaps with the notoriety that entertainers get, this is a start for our government to open its eyes and realize that illegal immigration is a huge issue with the voters. in Daniel’s comment about it taking 2 years for his wife to legally immigrate from Canada, maybe he’s right in feeling what is fair for one…is fair for all.

  223. Joyce2
    September 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    The last 4 policemen kill in the Valley of the Sun were illegal. A serial rapist was caught,and guess what he was illegal and had been deported before and came back into this country. He ruin the lives of a lot of children.

    Mexicans still try and claim America, Americans, lived and died for this land. Some of the land was bought some the people that lived in the terriories requested to become a part of the United States.

    We aren’t going to give it back, but if we did we would still have Mexican’s coming over the border. Fix your own country, we did.

  224. Jess
    September 16, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    it’s funny how no one said anything back to me LMFAO

    the song is good… pull the stick out of your ignorant asses

  225. ShAn
    September 17, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    WAY TO GO BUDDY JEWELL!! it’s about time somebody has the balls to speak their opinion in this type of matter. Keep up the good work! ..can’t wait to hear the sequal!

  226. Stormy
    September 17, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Helena: This whole imigration issue is not a matter of securing boarders at all, but rather keeping poor people fighting amongst themselves so they don’t try to get a larger piece of the pie from the rich.

  227. Julie E.
    September 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I love the song! I think it completely reflects how Amercians feel about all of the illegal immigrants freeloading!

  228. Dictionary anyone
    September 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Hard to respect the opinions (no matter what they are) of people who cannot spell “Americans”, “borders” or “sequel”

    Now I understand how you people kept voting Mr. Bush in…

  229. Chris N.
    September 24, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve never been to Amercia. Is it kind of like America?

  230. Joyce
    October 6, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Mercy me….This Ain’t Mexico is still being talked about…makes one’s heart happy to know that the song has generated this much discussion….Terrific…love the song and happy to see that others feel the need to keep talking about it….cause…no matter your views…the song is on your mind….
    Buddy thank you for the song….

  231. Thomas
    October 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

    joyce,
    if i ever have do define: “being ambushed by a load of garbage in broad daylight” may i kindly use your post as an illustration?

  232. Joyce2
    October 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I agree with Joyce … Buddy has people still taking about “This Ain’t Mexico”, I also love this song and think Buddy is a great singer and song writer, the music just flows.

    I keep it playing while I’m at this site…

  233. Chris N.
    October 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Does all the hate build up after a while and give you a headache?

  234. Jim Malec
    October 12, 2008 at 4:42 am

    I think I am way behind the headache point.

  235. joyce2
    October 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t hate anyone, there is a big difference between hate and just tired of some people taking advanage of a whole country because of some misguided idea that this is really their land that the US took from them. If this part of the Southwest United States was Mexico those people would still try and leave and come to the USA, why because we have freedoms that they don’t appear to have. I don’t want my tax dollars paying for the illegls children, schooling, health, because they are here ILLEGAL.

  236. Stormy
    October 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t want MY tax dollars supporting an evil war in Iraq or school the children of racists, but I don’t get a choice do I?

  237. hotelmotel
    October 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Joyce2 doesn’t want her “tax dollars paying for the illels children, schooling, … because they are here ILLEGAL.”

    The parents may be here “ILLEGAL,” but the children, if born here, are not. They are no less a citizen than you are joyce2, and they have every bit as much right to an education as your kids do (if you have kids).

    That aside, even if I was thinking purely from selfish motives, I’m not sure why the illegal actions of parents should result in punishment for kids. We don’t deny an education to the child of a murderer, and for good reason. It would be self-defeating because having uneducated people living in America is not good for anyone. And it would be similarly self-defeating to deny an education to the children of illegal immigrants.

    Joyce2 doesn’t want her “tax dollars” going toward the education of kids of illegal immigrants. But I think education is one of the best uses of my tax dollars, and while education is expensive, it is less expensive than ignorance.

    Even from a self-interested point of view, it makes little sense to support policies that would result in many uneducated people (much less citizens, as these children are) living in America.

  238. GRINGO
    October 29, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I think the song is great.It says what needs to be said.and for those of you who have your head in your azz why don’t you pick up a book titled “Civil war two” by Thomas w Chittum.It will give you a different view of our current situation.You can read this book for free in PDF format at.

    http://www.resist.com/CWII.pdf

  239. Joyce
    November 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Thomas, one person’s garbage is another’s treasure..but please feel free….

    I believe that, free speech is still allowed in our good ole USA…..and that folks have the right to express their opinion’s/feelings about illegal’s here in our Country….
    You have your opinion…I have mine….others have theirs…

    Ya’ll have a Happy Holiday season….starting with Thanksgiving, then Christmas and a Happy 2009..

  240. Xango
    November 22, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Buddy Jewel…. It’s sad what you’ve come to. To think that I supported you back in your Nashville Star days. Little did I know that underneath this “God Loving, Flag Waving, Family Man” image of yours, you’re really just another disgusting racist bigot of the type that gives the Southern US a bad name. Besides, have you ever checked your DNA white boy? You don’t look that white to me Injun. From the looks of your slanty eyes, I’ll bet anything you got some Indian blood and perhaps even some Mexican blood you don’t even know about. Look in the mirror and get your DNA tested half-breed and quit insulting your own people.

  241. El Gringo Loco
    November 23, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Comrade Xango. I’ve got a great idea. Why don’t you take you and your smelly leftest buttocks to Caracas or Havana. I think you would enjoy the environment of socialist utopia and from there you could rail against what is left of this great country. I always enjoy hearing the left snivel about how bad things are in general and how bad we are in particular. Let me ask you something, all wise, all knowing fuzz ball, if things are that racists and intolerant here why is everything that breathes and defecates trying to slither across our boarder and sneak into this great land. And by the way who put you in charge of our boarders anyway. I’m sure that you sit around fires at night singing Dylan songs as you try to relax your angst that you suffer because somewhere, somehow things just ain’t fair. You probably try to figure out ways that you can spend more of the tax payers money. Well my friend, wake up, get a life, and unless you live in the middle of the barrio with MS13 all around you stop being such a hypocritical and presumptuous piece of impudent buffoonery. Call me El Gringo Loco.

  242. Helena
    November 23, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Hey, I wish all good Americans from coast to coast would get busy and email Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the G Man and ask them have they heard this song. If they haven’t they need to and they need to start playing it on their radio shows. Also instead of getting mad let’s get even. Call your radio stations, email them, and demand this song be heard and played. We need this as a rallying cry because if we don’t start doing something soon one morning we are going to wake up in the 3rd world. Hey Buddy could you hand me a tarp? Thanks. Please, if you can do this because tomorrow will be too late.

  243. Tex
    January 24, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Adios to the bigots of this country. Bush and Cheney are gone and so are songs like this one that only divide us. Thanks to a new President, the people of this country of ours have renewed hope that we can all come together and work hand in hand to resolve our differences once and for all. This great nation of ours is in serious trouble and will need all of us to band together as one in these troubling times. So get onboard, people, because those of us who long for a united America outnumber you and everyone knows there is strength in numbers. Just watch and see what we can do now, brothers and sisters. Just watch us now.

  244. Paul W Dennis
    January 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I would point out Tex that only 53% voted for Obama and I suspect that some of that was a misguided anti-Bush vote that left some incapable of assessing McCain fairly.

    It’s going to be a tough four years and Obama might find that the chief impediment to getting the economy moving being within his own party (they, after all, are the ones who twisted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into making loans to those not worthy of credit). Exhuming Keynesianism is no way to correct matters, as Obama will shortly discover.

  245. Razor X
    January 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    What flavor is that Kool-Aid you’re drinking, Tex?

  246. Matt
    October 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

    AWESOME SONG!! Not only does it sound great but it accurately describes the plight of the American tax payer against the big-government, politically-correct agenda that is unfairly helping itself to our hard earned money for handouts to illegals. It’s about time that we talked about how the liberal establishment is trying to buy votes with OUR money. If the democrats had any principal whatsoever, they’d talk about the legality of people breaking into our country like they talk about the legality of Gitmo. It’ll be a cold day in hell when that happens. But with the way Obama is running things now, we stand a much better shot at getting some enforcement policies after the next election.

  247. Jim Malec
    October 2, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Every time conservatives cry about how those darn illegals are doing them wrong, they cite the fact that they are “tax paying” Americans. But every time a liberal talks about possibly raising taxes on a certain portion of the population, those same conservatives cry about having to pay too much in taxes. So basically what this tells me is that conservatives thing we currently have exactly the right tax scheme, and that no person ever pay more or less taxes than they pay now.

  248. Steve M.
    October 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I wonder if those who decry illegal immigrants are willing to work the low paying, back breaking jobs they do? Ever since the Industrial Revolution, this country has depended upon emigration as a cheap source of labor for the jobs on the bottom. And ever since the Industrial Revolution there has been an enormous amount of xenophobia in this country, not just from people wearing white sheets.
    Oh, and somebody might want to tell Buddy Jewell that those men at the Alamo were fighting in part to ensure the American immigrants to Texas could keep their slaves after Mexico abolished slavery.

  249. Jim Malec
    October 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I just want to add this: I don’t mean to get into political name-calling here. But the hypocrisy of the “tax paying American” drives me nuts, namely because the people who say that are generally the same people who most loudly complain about having to pay taxes.

  250. Steve M.
    October 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I often wonder if its not political but one of location and circumstance. I am originally from New Mexico, I grew up around and in a Hispanic culture. To me it is normal that people around me spoke Spanish. Just like for my parents who grew up in Chicago, it was normal for people to speak Polish, Yiddish or Italian. Immigration brings cultural benefits by enlarging what is American. Even when I lived in a small Mississippi town there was a Mexican resturant (and no one seemed bother enough while eating their enchiladas to ask if the busboy had a greencard). Immigrants give to this country as much or more then they take.

  251. Matt
    October 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

    “I don’t mean to get into political name-calling here. But the hypocrisy of the “tax paying American” drives me nuts, namely because the people who say that are generally the same people who most loudly complain about having to pay taxes.”

    So the concept of people wanting to know where their hard earned money is going that has been taken from them ‘drives you nuts’? You sound like a lib who’s ability to take my money has been threatened. A good book for your level that I would recommend is Animal Farm. Two legs bad, four legs good!

  252. Jim Malec
    October 2, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Matt, that’s not what I said at all. I have no problem with people “wanting to know where their hard earned money is going.” But that is not that say as citing pride for being a “tax paying American” and then turning around and complaining about taxation.

    Anyway, I realized that my initial comment was somewhat incendiary and attempted to temper that.

  253. stormy
    October 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Matt: What are the names of these tax-funded programs which supposedly help illegal immigrants and how do they spend your tax dollars to help them. Be detailed and specific as to the locations and places.

  254. Chris N.
    October 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This thread shall live on forever.

  255. Matt
    October 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

    In that case, I’ll keep it clean too. I don’t think people are COMPLAINING about paying taxes, they don’t want them wasted or spent on things that it shouldn’t be spent on, because it’s OUR hard earned money. I think the only social services should go to the young, sick and old – Not the lazy and not the illegals. So we’re not complaining about taxation per-se, its how the money is spent once the government get it’s hands on it. The way I see it when it comes to welfare, if you want something, then take a look around you (not you, you), this is the land of opportunity so go out and earn it. Most of what that song talks about is how the government is taking it out of our asses to clean up their mess in regards to illegal immigration. We’re sick of the incompetence at the boarder. So the song might be inflammatory as well, but these things need to be addressed and fixed in the interest of the American people, not for the welfare of Mexico and not to financially supplement the failures of the country of Mexico. That’s what charity is for. That’s all. Sorry for my insults.

  256. Steve M.
    October 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

    have you been to the border? Those who say we should close it have no idea of its physical scale. You literally can’t patrol every mile. And, lets not forget, the U.S.-Mexican border is artificial, not created due to any natural barriers (i.e. like the Alps) but because of a treaty dictated by a conquering power in 1848. (And throw in the Gadsden Purchase in 1853). A drive through the New Mexican and Arizona deserts at once show the futility of any notion that an air tight border can be created, or is even desirable.

  257. stormy
    October 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Matt: WHAT ARE THESE PROGRAMS?

    And should they apply to the mentally ill? Because 60-80% of the “lazy” homeless are mentally ill people who lack the resources to get treatment.

  258. Chris N.
    October 2, 2009 at 10:09 am

    As Jimmy Tingle said a long time ago, “If this was two million blonde Swedish women wanting to enter the country, Congress would be at Ellis Island in the morning.”

  259. Matt
    October 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Hey Steve,
    Cops have been giving out speeding tickets for decades, yet people still speed. Should they give up? Should the Border Patrol give up because their job is perpetual as well? I don’t think so. Especially when part of the reason they’ve been having such a hard time doing their jobs is because the Bush and Obama administration have been running interference on them. Give them what they need to do their job and lets see what happens.

    And Stormy,
    Check my earlier post, the mentally ill fall under sick. We should take care of them because of their real disability, not their attitude. And if they’re not sick but rather capable and choose welfare, the path of least resistance made possible by redistrubting my paycheck, then let capitalism take em out like the Lion takes out the weak link of the herd. The government CAN’T fix everybody’s personal issues nor should be in the business of trying.

    And here are your programs you asked about. Get ready for an ephiphany.
    http://tinyurl.com/zob77
    http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.HTML
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/%20TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

  260. stormy
    October 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Give me the specific state that these immigrants are on welfare in, not random propganda from a hate related website.

    And, Mike, a few things you can kiss goodbye if you want to get rid of any trace of socialism in our society:
    Minimum wage
    8 hour work days
    Lack of child labor
    Employer sponsored health care
    Meidcare and Medicaid

  261. stormy
    October 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Chris: Of course if that happened those Swedish women wouldn’t want to enter the country anymore.

  262. Steve M.
    October 2, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Matt,
    Again, have you actually ever been to border? It is impossible to seal, unless you prefer we lay land mines. Perhaps instead of demonizing people seeking to make a better future for their families, we should recognize that is the same path our ancestors took.

  263. Bradwhg
    June 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Geeze the song must have struck a nerve to be critiqued so much. I guess if Buddy’s intent was to start a conversation he succeeded. It sure seems to have raised the hackles on some of you open border types.

  264. Stormy
    June 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Unfortunately, I think his intent was to sell albums.

  265. Bradwhg
    June 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Isn’t that part of the goal of any musician? To sell albums and be successful?

    Perhaps one could have an interview with Buddy and ask him what the intent of the song was or his feelings on illegal immigration. Maybe he actually is against the breaking of our immigration laws. Wouldn’t that be better then rant filled conjecture?

    What I read above was basically commentary on his perceived politics. Most of the posters above disagree with message of the song or it’s political stance. Some even go so far as suggest he wrote it entirely to pander to a certain audience. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. There are a lot of song writers out there who contractually write for specific applications or purposes.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone who doesn’t like the song, doesn’t have to listen to it. You can even boycott his albums or concerts. I am sure he will really miss you all.

    With just over 70% of the country supporting Arizona’s illegal immigration law. Regardless of it’s detractors above, I bet this song is enjoyed by a wider audience then it was when it was first released on YouTube in 2008.

  266. Stormy
    June 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    If the goal is to sell albums does it really matter why people aren’t buying them?

  267. VoiceOfReason
    June 10, 2010 at 3:00 am

    It’s SATIRE, people. Satire. It isn’t supposed to be ‘intelligent’ or ‘historically accurate’ or ‘well written’. It is meant to be a song to stir you up; make you think. And the inclusion of popular aspects of Mexican culture? Once again: SATIRICAL in nature. It’s irony; a paradox. And the reference to the Alamo is not in the interest of historical accuracy; it is an allusion to the phrase as it is popularly identified by a vast majority of people. It is recognizable and relevant in its own circumstance. Buddy is not racist. This song doesn’t focus on race, though it mentions just one. You simpletons need to see the bigger picture here. Buddy specifically mentions his personal acceptance of people who obey the laws and live and work here legally. It isn’t about race, in his eyes. It’s about the laws that are in place, and the effects on all of us when they are broken and abused. The only reason the song is directed at the illegal Mexican people is that the issue with our southern border is the most well-known. The song would make no sense if he griped about illegal French-Canadians. The allusions of the lyrics are such as to be relatable. Without a strong, magnetizing perspective, the thesis is weak. If the song was written to attempt to target all illegally immigrating races, then the power and impact of the topic would be lost. Loosen up, folks. Take it as it is: satire.

  268. VoiceOfReason
    June 10, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Adding on to my last post…
    And as far as satire goes, it is quite clever. Whether you liberal pansies like it or not. Good humor cannot exist without loose interpretation of information. This is top-notch and catchy, lighthearted wit. Dig your panties outta your ass.

  269. Erik
    June 10, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Last time I checked, satire had to be “well written”, which you so eloquently put in quotation marks.

  270. Stormy
    June 10, 2010 at 6:23 am

    If its satire that would make Buddy a liberal pansy who believes that we need to stop harrassing illegal aliens.

  271. Bethany
    August 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Um, I’m wondering if those of you opposing this song even read or listened to it’s lyrics. He isn’t opposing ALL Hispanics or any part of the Hispanic culture. All he’s saying is that if you want to be here, you need to do it legally. So he doesn’t like people that break the law. Big deal. Do you like drug addicts and rapists and murderers? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    Also, this song got him a standing ovation in Springdale, Arkansas on Saturday night. Illegal immigration is a huge problem here. I was among the people standing while a bunch of illegals were walking around at the festival, along with some legal immigrants. I have no problem with anyone who immigrates to this country leaglly, but if you’re illegal, you’re breaking the law and you should be punished just like any American would be for doing something illegal. Call me a close-minded, old-fashioned, flag-wavin’ redneck, but this ain’t Mexico.

  272. Mackdiel
    December 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

    From the very beginning, this wonderful nation has been built by immigrants. The first, came from Europe. And that is a truth that no one can rafute. Therefore, nobody can say “this is my America” and “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here”. ..And if it is true that illegals do not pay taxes is that they don’t have a social security number.

  273. Toni
    May 25, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Not to reopen an old wound, but obviously Buddy’s album went gold, right? Won Grammys? Won a CMA or ACM award? Speaks to the quality of “This Ain’t Mexico” that all these things happened?

    Yeah, didn’t think so.

    And Mackdiel, I’ve never heard of anyone with an argument to “rafute”. Only in Amercia, maybe.

  274. Andrew Felsher
    June 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I agree with you on the Alamo line, but for the rest of it, you’re the one displaying ignorance, not to mention poor reading/listening comprehension. You act as though immigration and invasion are synonymous in this song. They are NOT. Note the verse that I think best sums up the sentiments of those of us opposed to illegal immigration:

    “IF YOU’RE HERE FOR THE MONEY, FOR THE MILK AND THE HONEY….
    FOR EVERYTHING AMERICA HAS…
    IF YOU’RE HARD WORKIN’ PEOPLE, LIVIN’ HERE LEGAL
    HEY, I AINT GOT NO PROBLEM WITH THAT
    WE’RE ALL TAKIN’ A BEATIN’ FROM THE ONES WHO ARE CHEATIN’
    THE SYSTEM AND BROTHER THEY WILL
    KEEP ABUSIN’ OUR FREEDOM, SAYIN’ WE GOTTA FEED ‘EM
    AND I’M TIRED OF FOOTIN’ THE BILL”

    Also note that before he calls it an “invasion” he qualifies that to mean only certain “immigrants”: “IF THEY’RE SNEAKIN’ IN, PLAIN AND SIMPLE…. THEY’RE BREAKIN’ THE LAW”

    I do agree on those couple of lines from the chorus; those bits about liking certain parts of Mexico but remembering the Alamo. To me, those are both ignorant and out-of-place.

    But you and every other pro-illegal liberal need to stop these mindless strawman attacks. If we say we hate illegal immigration, that means we hate illegal immigration and nothing more. We’re not idiots, and we love legal immigration. My own brother is an immigrant from India. And I’d be totally fine with removing immigration quotas, but this drain on American prosperity, this crime wave that liberals like to pretend is not in any way criminal has got to stop.

    One parting note: This Ain’t Mexico, and the illegals had better be grateful for that. Research how Mexico treats those who sneak across THEIR southern border sometime before you go throwing accusations of ignorance at others.

    http://dailycaller.com/2010/05/21/lets-adopt-mexicos-fair-and-respectful-immigration-policy/

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  • luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
  • Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
  • luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
  • Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
  • luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
  • Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
  • luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
  • Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.
  • Six String Richie: It's great to hear that Sundy Best has a new album coming out. I really encourage anybody that reads …

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