Former Texas congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke this week officially launched his presidential campaign Website but despite touting the slogan Beto for America that he uses for his English-language page, he decided to go for a combination of Beto para Estados Unidos and Beto para todos (Beto for Everyone) in the Spanish-language one.
And the reason for this, my friends, is simple: As I’ve been saying, like, forever, America, my friends, is not a country –at least not when you speak Spanish.
Say what you will about Texas (and I say a lot of not-so-nice things) but Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke not only has a reported 62 percent of the Latino vote in the Texas senate race (vs. Rafael “Ted” Cruz) but he’s like a fan of this blogger’s FAVORITE Mexican band ever. Yes, Los Tigres del Norte have endorsed Beto and Beto and Los Tigres are, like, BFFs now.
For the uninitiated, you can read this New Yorker profile of Los Tigres del Norte or simply click below. This is not the best video out there, but if you’re fortunate enough to understand Spanish, these lyrics are, like, WOW*…
Here’s my humble attempt to translate this song…
They already yelled at me a thousand times That I must return to my land Because there’s no room for me here Well, I want to remind the gringo
I did not cross the border The border crossed me America was born free It was men who divided it
They painted the line For me to jump and now they call me an invader It is a well-marked error They stole eight states from us, who is here the invader?
I am a foreigner in my land And I do not come to give them war I am a hard worker
And if history doesn’t lie Here he sat in the glory, the mighty nation Among brave warriors Indians from two continents, mixed with Spanish
And if we go to the centuries We are more American We are more American That the son of Anglo-Saxon
And if the story does not lie Here he sat in the glory, the mighty nation I entered brave warriors Indians from two continents, mixed with Spanish
And if it comes to centuries We are more American We are more American That the sons of Anglo-Saxons