We have all heard the Aztlan myth and rhetoric surrounding the push by Mexican National groups like "La Raza and MEChA" to "re-aquire" the states of Texas, California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Colorado. They say they are merely wishing to "repatriate stolen lands." ...This is Poppycock!
To quote Pat Buchanan's book State of Emergency
:"The MEChA slogan is "Por la Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada," which translates, "For the race, everything. Outside of the race, nothing." The MEChA slogan seems a conscious echo of the Fascist slogan of Mussolini: "Everything for the State, nothing outside the state, nothing above the state."
Buchanan clearly states the mind set here, as well as their method, again I quote from his book: "Chicano chauvinists and Mexican agents have made clear their intent to take back through demography and culture what their ancestors lost through war."
Truth is, these groups are actually preying on the ignorance of the American people.
The problem arises in the fact that the average American has no real understanding of how America acquired the southwestern state territories in the first place; why is it important to protect and defend them with the same zeal and fervor we would exhibit defending the original 13 foundation states if they were attacked?
The acquisition of these 7 southwestern states is as much a heroic story of the people's struggle and fight with an oppressive tyrannical despot, in this case, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, as was the case for the Foundering Fathers against King George III.
Folks over the decades have split the Texas War for Independence, the battles of the Alamo, Goliad, San Jacinto,etc. (1835-36) from the Mexican American War (1845-48) as two separate things... they are not. The cause that Travis and his command died for at the Alamo was a long struggle. The 12 years of war that followed the decisive battle at San Jacinto, (1836) when Texas expelled Santa Anna and set the southern Texas border at the Rio Grande, were only the first battles of this war. The Mexican Government never recognized the Texas Republic or it's border.
Almost 10 years of encroachments, skirmishes, and attempts by Mexico to reconquer the Texas lands they lost finally prompted Texans to join the United States in 1845. Thus, Texas gained protection along their border with Mexico. When Mexico crossed the Rio Grande in 1845 they were not just attacking Texas, they were attacking the United States as well. The result of this action ushered in the final battles of the Texas-Mexican War, which we now refer to as the Mexican-American War.
It must be remembered when all was said and done, that the Mexican government was forced to sue for peace in 1847. The US had in 2 short years of war captured all of Mexico north of Mexico City, taking parts of the City itself, preparing to bang on the door of the Presidential Palace! Had the Mexicans not negotiated for peace, the whole of Mexico would now be states within the United States, the people there would all be US Americans and we wouldn't have the problems we see today. Here is a brief history
of the events leading up to and surrounding the signing of the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that saved Mexico for the Mexicans (their elite actually), and helped create our present border chaos... Remember, all the southwestern States that were Mexico and now part of the United States were captured under force of arms, and ceded to the United States by this treaty paid for with compensation in gold. We could have easily captured their whole country if we wished.
(The reprinting of the analysis that follows is for educational purposes and fully "The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
within the terms of the LoC copyright.)
In November 1835, the northern part of the Mexican state of Coahuila-Tejas declared itself in revolt against Mexico's new centralist government headed by President Antonio López de Santa Anna. By February 1836, Texans declared their territory to be independent and that its border extended to the Rio Grande rather than the Rio Nueces that Mexicans recognized as the dividing line. Although the Texans proclaimed themselves citizens of the Independent Republic of Texas on April 21, 1836 following their victory over the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto, Mexicans continued to consider Tejas a rebellious province that they would reconquer someday. (The Mexican's illusion of the border still being at the Rio Nueces are the seeds of the perpetual "dispute"...however...)
In December 1845, the U.S. Congress voted to annex the Texas Republic and soon sent troops led by General Zachary Taylor to the Rio Grande (regarded by Mexicans as their territory) to protect its border with Mexico. The inevitable clashes between Mexican troops and U.S. forces provided the rationale for a Congressional declaration of war on May 13, 1846.
Hostilities continued for the next two years as General Taylor led his troops through to Monterrey, and General Stephen Kearny and his men went to New Mexico, Chihuahua, and California. But it was General Winfield Scott and his army that delivered the decisive blows as they marched from Veracruz to Puebla and finally captured Mexico City itself in August 1847.
Mexican officials and Nicholas Trist, President Polk's representative, began discussions for a peace treaty that August. On February 2, 1848 the Treaty was signed in Guadalupe Hidalgo, a city north of the capital where the Mexican government had fled as U.S. troops advanced. Its provisions called for Mexico to cede 55% of its territory (present-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Nevada and Utah) in exchange for fifteen million dollars in compensation for war-related damage to Mexican property.
Other provisions stipulated the Texas border at the Rio Grande (Article V), protection for the property and civil rights of Mexican nationals living within the new border (Articles VIII and IX), U.S. promise to police its side of the border (Article XI), and compulsory arbitration of future disputes between the two countries (Article XXI). When the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty in March, it deleted Article X guaranteeing the protection of Mexican land grants. Following the Senate's ratification of the treaty, U.S. troops left Mexico City."http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/ghtreaty/
The U.S. Senate would not ratify the Hidalgo Treaty however, unless Article X of the treaty was stricken. This Article would have given the Mexican Government defacto legal claim to all of this newly acquired American land... which America would not agree to for obvious reasons. Thus, the Mexican government had to agree with the removal of Article X or they would have lost it all.
We gave them back 45% of the land we took during the war, and paid them $15 million in gold, the equivalent in today's Dollars of over $1.5 billion in war reparations and compensations to boot! Add to this the transfer of $40 Billion in gold and credit guarantees to Goldman Sachs in 1994 by then president Bill Clinton, to fund the "Bailout" of Mexico's Peso
on the American people's tab. We owe Mexico nothing.
JTCoyoté"Chicano chauvinists and Mexican agents have
made clear their intent to take back through
demography and culture what their ancestors
lost through war."