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From: Carlos Rodriquez [e-mail him]
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Enough Already About the Mexican-American War and Anthony Lowry's Letter in Response to Guzzardi, A Mexican-American Reader Predicts the Reconquista Is Just A Matter of Time—And He Can't Wait
I thought you would like to see a copy of the letter I sent to Anthony Lowry in defense of Guzzardi's column. My original letter, which follows below, was written in Spanish. I provided a translation for the benefit of your readers.
I assume that, if you are a good Hispanic, you know how to read Spanish.
Otherwise, I don't know how you will navigate the Macondo-like culture (Macondo is the village in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years Of Solitude" where almost anything could and would happen) that would reign in a California managed like many of our own Hispanic countries.
I was born and raised in the Caribbean and I've been fortunate to travel throughout almost all of Latin America and to live in Mexico during the 1990s.
Nonetheless as I approach my fifth decade, I consider myself an American by citizenship and loyalty. My Hispania does not infringe on my loyalty, fidelity or duty to America.
When Abraham Lincoln opposed the American conflict with Mexico, he was a neophyte politician. As he acquired experience, his perspective changed. Thus, Lincoln's opinions at the beginning of his political career cannot be taken as definitive expression of what he eventually believed.
I see that you are pleased by the dissolution of our national identity by the infusion of Hispanics who refuse to assimilate into our culture or ethics. It seems impossible that you have served in the U.S. Army, as you claim, since your words contrast with any sense of duty or honor.
As a man who stood at the service of his nation, you more than anyone must understand that the American southwest was not stolen. It was sold as part of the reparations conceded by the losing party in the conflict. (Note - It is also of interest that the Mexican side grossly underestimated the American's capabilities and tactic. That miscalculation, and not any of Santa Anna's many defects, was the cause of the American Army's march and occupation of Mexico City).
It is that aspect of your note to Guzzardi that disappoints this Hispanic who also served our nation.
That is what is wonderful about our country. It is inclusive of those who arrive to obey the laws and legitimately contribute to our society.
Ethnicity is a tool used by the enemy to divide, corrupt and weaken. I'm surprised and disappointed that you, who should be familiar with this type of divisiveness, would so easily fall for such a ruse.
I hope that one day soon you'll realize that not only are you a "gringo", but that no matter your leanings, Mexico will never consider you more than a "poncho." (VDARE.COM: poncho: something or someone of Mexican origin that has been Americanized.)
It is up to you to accept your ethnicity and understand that it is but one facet of a complex being. Give yourself the peace of mind of being an American offspring of two persons of different origins who besides being half Mexican is also half American. Being a nationalist is not a defect.
I wish you good luck in your journey toward the realization of who you are. When you find your new self, I hope you won't be too hard on the former you.