Drug Ballads of Northern Mexico
Major drug cartels operate freely without interference from the federal police and control the politicians as reported by perrya. The United States plans to give $310 million in 2011 to Mexico for its ongoing war against the drug cartels. Pamela99 wrote that the outlook is not good because the cartels appear more powerful than the government itself. Ciudad Juarez is the deadliest place of all of Mexico with 2,600 murders in 2009.
maggiemae wrote that in order to stop the violence then must change our paradigm because what is currently being done for decades is simply not working. If make the drugs legal, then no more dangerous drug cartels. It would seem to make sense. If the United States military are protecting poppy farmers in Afghanistan then perhaps a change of tactics with our southern neighbor should be considered. The more money is spent on fighting illegal drugs, the more profitable it becomes to sell thereby increasing violent crime.
The US experiment of Prohibition resulted in an epic crime wave that only ended when Prohibition ended. Taking away the illegality removes the money incentive for violent power grabs.
Imperious rule over the population tends to bring out an anti-government sentiment such as the Irish classic ballad "The Hills Of Connemara", the lyrical refrain is sung as follows, "Gather up the pots and the old tin can - The mash, the corn, the barley and the bran - Run like the devil from the excise man ... "
Narcocorridos, (Mexican drug ballads), are chronicles of modern life in Mexico and the convoluted history of various cartels in Mexico's drug war. Legislators want to ban narcocorridos of norteño, (northern), music because they romanticize brutality and undermine the fight against crime. A dozen singers of narcorridos have been murdered between 2006 and 2008.
Veneration of Folk Heroes
The history of idolizing wanted bandits is not new nor strictly Mexican but the American Southwest idealization of outlaws such as Jesse James never reached the heights of adoration and veneration as the Catholic Mexican folk saints. There are many unofficial saints of Mexico such as, Jesus Malverde - patron saint of smugglers The Angel of the Poor and the The Generous Bandit who was convicted and hanged in 1909.
Malverde is also known as '“El Rey Guei de Sinaloa”, which means '"The King Sinaloan Man". US law enforcement look for playing cards of Malverde to identify those connected with drug running. The cards say in part: "True Spirit of Malverde ...Today I prostrate myself before your cross ... I request mercy ... and listen to the sufferings of this humble sinful one. Concede unto me this full favor ..." Malverde products for sale include 7-day candles, bathroom floor soap, perfume, incense, room fresheners, laminated stamps and plastic statues that are all used to call for help, guidance or protection. Narco from officer.com said from his personal experience, "I've encountered entire rooms that were converted to shrines for this cat...funny thing is if I saw the rooms it's safe to say that ol' Malverde didn't answer their prayers."
Another historical venerated saint is Juan Soldado, born Juan Castillo Morales who was convicted of raping and murdering a little girl. His heinous crime so enraged the community that the unusual method of his 1938 execution is attributed to have started the legend that grew over the years. Juan Soldado was told to run, and then shot in the back and anybody in the town was invited to join in on his execution.
One of the more famous contemporary drug ballad is by the group, Los Tucanes de Tijuana who sing 'El Chapo Guzmán' the last stanza translated into English is "El Chapo with his power - bought large heads - so throughout the country - the law was never found - operating its people followed - so ordered by the Lord."
There is a 5 million reward for Shorty - El Chapo Guzmán who is listed in Forbes as Joaquin Loera - worth over 1 billion in 2009. Marcos "The Boss of Bosses" Arturo Beltrán Leyva split from Guzmán in 2008 and Beltrán's death on December 16, 2009 by Mexican Navy’s Special Forces which then triggered a violent takeover attempt by Guzmán. On July 2, 2010, vanguardia.com reported that the son of the deceased Arturo Beltrán, Saltiel Beltrán was kidnapped in Zapopan, Jalisco by a Guzmán faction.
On July 3, 2010 borderreporter.com reported that a territorial battle between Guzmán and Beltrán loyalists has left 30 people dead in the town of Tubutama, about 30 miles from the Arizona and Sonora border.
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El Chapo Joaquin Guzman Loera
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi has said in reference to the growing death cult of Santa Muerte that "the practice was "anti-religious, a blasphemy against religion and a degeneration of religion" - “Vatican declares Mexican Death Saint blasphemous” - bbc.co.uk - 5/9/2013