Rafael Correa is charismatic man who knows how to communicate. Two qualities that helped him to reach the presidency of Ecuador in 2007, a nation that up to that point had been on unstable political ground. Before Correa at least seven presidents had alternated between scandals, popular protests and replacements – until the Palace of Carondelet had as its occupant this economist turned leader. During the 10 years of his tenure in office he promoted a Citizen Revolution which improved the conditions of the poorest Ecuadorians with a vast improvement of social programs. Working now as journalist with Russia Today Correa has been able to reflect on what it takes to be a strong decisive leader. “It isn’t about if someone dislikes me or not, I have no control over that. I never looked at my job as President as trying to please everyone it was about what was needed to move the country forward.” With that same clarity Correa warned during our interview in Caracas that, “what we have in Latin America now is an onslaught; an aggressive return of the neo liberal past. It is a terrible neo conservatism that respects absolutely nothing, neither democracy nor human rights, nor constitutional order and with an impressive double standard at the inter-Americanism at the world level.”
With at least 11 million false-documented illegals in the United States – the real number is doubtless twice that – it’s clear that Mexican nationals feel entitled to defy U.S. immigration law. At the same time, the Pueblo Sin Fronteras crowd, denounces the United States as exploitive and slams the American founders as a pack of white supremacists. That calls for a look at José Vasconcelos (1882-1959), a major figure in Mexican history and influential to this day.
Vasconcelos served as rector of the National University of Mexico, and president Alvaro Obregon appointed him as minister of public education from 1921-24. The next year he authored The Cosmic Race, an essay contending that “the mixed race that inhabits the Ibero-American continent,” is destined to become “the first synthetic race of the earth,” surpassing the “four racial trunks: the Black, the Indian, the Mongol, and the White.”
“The basis of white civilization is fuel,” explains the erudite Vasconcelos, who ran for president of Mexico in 1929. “It served as a protection against the long winters. Then, it was discovered that its power could be used not only for warmth, but also for work; and the motor was born.” On the other hand, “the mestizo, the Indian, and even the Black are superior to the White in a countless number of properly spiritual capacities.”
According to Vasconcellos, who was also an attorney, “no race returns. Each one states its mission, accomplishes it, and passes away.” Therefore, “it will be seen immediately that we belong to tomorrow, while the Anglo-Saxons are gradually becoming more a part of yesterday.”
The future belongs to “the Hispanic race,” and “only the Iberian part of the continent possesses the spiritual factors, the race, and the territory necessary for the great enterprise of initiating the new universal era of Humanity.” As the other races pass into history, Vasconcelos hails, “the creation of a new race,” and “only the Iberian part of the continent possesses the spiritual factors, the race, and the territory necessary” to create “the final race, the cosmic race.”
And so on, a rather vile gazpacho of racism and ignorance from Mexico’s minister of public education from 1921-24, who went on to run for president. So there’s a “final solution” aspect to his thought, which Mexican-American Communists like Bert Corona quickly spotted.
As Corona told biographer Mario Garcia in Memoirs of Chicano History, Vasconcelos’ racial theory was “close to the kind of German racial superiority theory supported by Hitler. In fact, Vasconcelos himself became a fascist. Many Chicanos considered Vasconcelos and his views of the ‘cosmic race’ as an inspiration. But I recall Vasconcelos as a fascist.” As for the notion that Latinos, Mexicanos or Chicanos are superior to everyone else, Corona explained, “I couldn’t accept all this. We’re not a superior race.”
Corona, who has a charter school named after him, is right about that, but Vasconcelos’ cosmic-race theory remains the inspiration for groups such as the National Council of La Raza and MEChA, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán, the lost raza homeland that leftists created in the sixties. California attorney general Xavier Becerra, the sanctuary state enforcer once on Hillary Clinton’s short list as a running mate, is a proud MEChA alum.
The cosmic-race theory fuels the sense of entitlement that sends caravans to the border, demanding entry to the United States and benefits from American taxpayers. After all, the incoming dreamers are only fulfilling their destiny by displacing the evil white “Yankees.” As Vasconcelos wrote, after Spain conquered America, “the Napoleonic stupidity gave Louisiana away to the Englishmen from this side of the ocean, to the Yankees.”
Our age, says the Cosmic Race author, is “a conflict of Latinism against Anglo-Saxonism,” and the anglos are destined to disappear. Vasconcelos’ spiritual followers are working hard on the replacement process. When California senate boss Kevin de Leon appointed false-documented Mexican national Lizbeth Mateo to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, he said the dreamers were “in many ways more American” than those who want illegals deported.
In other words, they are better people, and more deserving than those actual U.S. citizens who seek to uphold the rule of law and respect U.S. sovereignty. Vasconcelos is also in the house when California politicians protect violent criminals from federal officials. After all, even the worst criminal illegals are superior to those inferior Yankee anglos, who are destined to disappear.
As Bert Corona said, no way José. Latinos, Mexicans and Chicanos are not a superior race, even if leftist Democrats think so. All parties would do well to ignore the fascist Vasconcelos and take up a more worthy cause.
Since the 1920s, Mexico has been dominated by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), a reactionary kleptocracy, prone to violence against protesting students, that prefers to export problems to the United States. True dreamers should stay home and work for a more democratic Mexico that upholds human rights, respects international borders, and allows the entrepreneurial energy of the people to flourish.
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