Reconquista Is Real
By Michelle Malkin
May 3, 2006
There are none so blind as those who will not see. While
the mainstream media heaped praise on the "peaceful" May Day
protesters and newspapers plastered sympathetic photos of
the pro-illegal alien "sea of humanity" all over their front
pages, freelance photographers, bloggers and radio
interviewers captured a sea of open-borders militancy
Uninformed political observers delude themselves into
thinking that these sentiments are relegated to the fringe.
But the core concepts of reconquista (the "re-conquest" of
the Southwest by Mexico) have spread wide and deep -- from
San Francisco to Los Angeles to Milwaukee to Arkansas and
beyond. In Denver, a large banner read: "AMERICA IS A
CONTINENT NOT A COUNTRY." In Albuquerque, Latino activists
held up a provocative sign asking aloud: "Manifest Destiny?"
On the Sean Hannity radio show Monday, I debated (or
rather listened to five minutes of screeching by) a young
member of the radical group MeCha. A student at the
University of San Francisco, she denied that her group still
subscribed to 1960s identity politics, then promptly
delivered a full-throated rant about Mexico's right to
reclaim American territory: "We believe that we have the
right to be in this land . . . Aztlan is California! Aztlan
is this country! This country was ours . . . We didn't cross
the borders. The borders crossed us . . . This country is
based on exploitation!"
On NPR's "All Things Considered," Gloria Ramirez Vargas,
a politician in Baja, Calif., rallied her constituents with
a similar cry: "Many Mexicans are nourishing the ground in
the U.S., but those lands were once ours. Those same lands,
which now with intelligence, with love and with a lot of
work, we are re-conquering again for our Mexico."
On leading conservative talk show station KFI in Los
Angeles, hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou interviewed Tony
Valdez, who also invoked "manifest destiny" as a rationale
for supporting the sabotage of our immigration laws. He
pontificated about 1846, recycled the "We didn't cross the
borders" nonsense, inveighed against the war in Iraq and
exclaimed: "You took this country. You killed people in
order to take this country for yourselves."
Valdez is a FOX News 11 reporter at KTTV in L.A.
In Seattle, photojournalist Byron Dazey of
CreativeFlashes.com snapped hundreds of pictures of
extremist left-wing claptrap. "Open the Borders," screamed a
giant banner. "No more blood! No more borders!" echoed
another placard. "Stop the War! Stop the Borders!" preaches
a sign carried by a "Freedom Socialist Worker." Other
protesters displayed a rambling, illiterate message scrawled
on a giant blue tarp:
"To the diplomats in Arizona talking of illegal deals,
why R U so hipocratics [sic] when we know that almost 1/2 of
what it was Mexico, was bought illegally by the US. Santa
Ana was a conquestee from France, he was not the president
of Mexico or Mexican. 1845-1847 we were fighting our own
independence with their own people and also fighting the
French. The US took advantage N offered Santa Ana money for
the Mexican's land. Do U call this legal?"
Dazey wrote me: "The best line from a speaker . . . was
the one where she screamed: 'They can't deport you from the
land that they stole from you!' The crowd cheered wildly, of
Our borders are sieves. We are at war with Islamofascism.
And these seething demonstrators are still griping about the
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo while our government prepares to
grant a massive amnesty at Mexican President Vicente Fox's
While left-wing socialists and anti-war Bush-bashers are
indeed helping coordinate the open borders movement, it is a
foolish, patronizing mistake to characterize the
reconquistadores as hapless pawns of the American Left. The
homegrown multiculti-mau-mau-ers know exactly what they
believe, and they know exactly what they are doing. They aim
to mainstream the "Stolen Land" mantra and pervert history.
They aim to obliterate America's borders by sheer
demographic and political force. And they are succeeding.
Michelle Malkin is author of the new book "Unhinged:
Exposing Liberals Gone Wild."