Bustamante & The MEChA Secessionists

Since the governorship of California may be at stake, predictably, there are already people on the left trying to defend MEChA. While it’s terribly sad, it’s hardly surprising. Winston Churchill once said, “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons” and most of the Democratic base has the same mindset when it comes to running against the GOP. The philosophy there is, “Sure, Cruz Bustamante may be backing a bunch of racists who want to takeover the Southwestern United States, but hey, better those guys than Republicans.”

Now most people seem to be nailing Bustamante on the racial aspects of this whole thing which is certainly appropriate given that Bustamante, “refused over the weekend to expressly denounce the racist-sounding slogan of Latino-supremacist group MEChA, which preaches to its members, “For the race everything. For those outside the race, nothing.” In and of itself, that’s disgraceful and should be enough to destroy Bustamante’s career.

But while the racism of MEChA is reprehensible, the fact that they actually want to recapture part of the United States that was taken from Mexico is far more serious. Folks, this organization that Bustamante refuses to renounce has succession as its raison d’etre. Let me give you some more details.

First off, if what I’m about to show you is going to make sense, you have to understand what Aztlán is. Yahoo Dictionary defines it as…

“The American Southwest, specifically the territory of northern Mexico ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. The term is used especially by Chicano-rights activists.”

Got it? Ok, now let’s take a look at just one MEChA chapter at a college. Let’s try MEChA de UC Santa Cruz. On their website, you will find the Here’s the MEChA constitution. The preamble to that constitution reads…

“Chicano and Chicana students of Aztlán must take upon themselves the responsibilities to promote Chicanismo within the community, politicizing our Raza with an emphasis on indigenous consciousness to continue the struggle for the self-determination of the Chicano people for the purpose of liberating Aztlán. The following structure will make every MEChista accountable to its chapter, every chapter accountable to it’s central (where applicable), every central accountable to its region, every region accountable to its state (where applicable), and every state accountable to the national.”

See where they mention “liberating Aztlán”? They’re not talking figuratively there, they’re talking literally about liberating the Southwestern United States. Maybe that’ll happen via terrorism, violence, or even just by flooding the area demographically, but in any case, when it’s done “Aztlán” won’t be part of the United States anymore. This is the organization that Cruz Bustamante used to be a member of and still refuses to renounce.

But wait, there’s more. Article 3: Section 24 of that same constitution suggests that “all members” should read and discuss historical documents of our Movimiento” including El Plan Espiritual de Aztlan“. Well let’s take a look at the beginning of that document (certain areas in bold for emphasis)…

“In the spirit of a new people that is conscious not only of its proud historical heritage but also of the brutal “gringo” invasion of our territories, we, the Chicano inhabitants and civilizers of the northern land of Aztlan from whence came our forefathers, reclaiming the land of their birth and consecrating the determination of our people of the sun, declare that the call of our blood is our power, our responsibility, and our inevitable destiny.

We are free and sovereign to determine those tasks which are justly called for by our house, our land, the sweat of our brows, and by our hearts. Aztlan belongs to those who plant the seeds, water the fields, and gather the crops and not to the foreign Europeans. We do not recognize capricious frontiers on the bronze continent.

Brotherhood unites us, and love for our brothers makes us a people whose time has come and who struggles against the foreigner “gabacho” who exploits our riches and destroys our culture. With our heart in our hands and our hands in the soil, we declare the independence of our mestizo nation. We are a bronze people with a bronze culture. Before the world, before all of North America, before all our brothers in the bronze continent, we are a nation, we are a union of free pueblos, we are Aztlan.”

You’re not missing what they’re trying to say there. It’s “get out gringos,” the Southwestern US is ours. This is not a benign organization and they have no business being on college campuses or having their members or supporters holding positions of power in our government. The fact that a supportive ex-member of MEChA can rise to the level of Lt. Gov in California with a good shot of becoming the governor is nothing short of SCARY and it reminds me of something Tom Tancredo said in my interview with him…

“I have to tell you that we are facing a situation, where if we don’t control immigration, legal and illegal, we will eventually reach the point where it won’t be what kind of a nation we are, balkanized or united, we will actually have to face the fact that we are no longer a nation at all. That is the honest to God eventual outcome of this kind of massive immigration combined with the cult of multiculturalism that permeates our society. …The fact is, that won’t occur in a legal way, it will occur in a de facto way.”

If someone like Cruz Bustamante, who supports an anti-American group like MEChA can become the gov of California, then maybe we’re farther along towards what Tancredo described than we may have otherwise thought…

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