The Mexicanization of the Southwestern United States has taken another step forward with the announcement of “La Rotonda de los Mexicanos Ilustres” — a rotunda featuring the “Heroes of Mexico” in a Dallas city park.
Under a plan being coordinated by the city of Dallas along with community leaders and the Mexican Consul-general, Dallas’ Winnetka Park will soon be a place where Mexicans can come to pay tribute to statues and busts of past Mexican presidents, poets and other historical figures.
Perhaps this should not be surprising. Dallas is home to a burgeoning Hispanic population and a school district in which two of every three students are Spanish-speaking or not fluent in English. And with the lack of any requirement to assimilate, it’s no wonder that many Mexican immigrants are more interested in paying homage to President Benito Juarez than to George Washington.
A statue of President Juarez already stands in Winnetka Park and it might soon be joined by at least seven other statues of Mexican historical figures.
The Consul, Carlos Garcia De Alba, was quoted in the Spanish newspaper “Al Dia” as saying, “It will be a rotunda dedicated to the heroes of Mexico.” He also said that this could be the first of its kind in the United States.
But certainly not the last, and certainly not the last in Texas — the state where more illegal immigrants sneak across the border than any other. Victor Davis Hanson wrote a book called “Mexifornia,” but California is no worse off than Texas when it comes to degradation of the culture. In “se habla Espanol” signs hanging from store windows and Spanish-speaking radio and television, Texas takes a back seat to no other state.
In past immigration cycles, those who chose to emigrate to America came here to become citizens. They came, to a major degree, legally. They learned our history and our language. They remained proud of their heritage, but were determined to assimilate into American society to the point of becoming Americans to the exclusion of all other labels.
Winnetka Park should be a wake-up call. President Bush can blather on all he wants to about matching willing workers with willing employers — but none of that will make much difference if the Southwestern region of the United States becomes so Mexicanized that it seeks a rejoining with Mexico — known to those who support it as “the Reconquista.”
This idea is not some far-fetched conspiracy theory; it is real. With President Bush and other political leaders ignoring the cultural costs of millions of illegal aliens, the advocates of the Reconquista already have their invaders in place. There’s no need to fire any shots. Just put Mexican Consuls all over the region to meddle in the affairs of the United States — such as pushing ideas like the Rotunda of Mexican Heroes.
At this rate, Santa Ana will soon be a hero in Texas and Sam Houston will be a villain. The history of the Alamo will be reinterpreted. The heroes of Texas — Houston, Austin, Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Bonham and the rest — will begin to fade away from our parks and museums.
Winnetka Park in Dallas is about to honor the likenesses of poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, independence figures Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, Vicente Guerrero and Ignacio Zaragoza, and revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. The Dallas Councilman from the district, Steve Salazar, and the city’s Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Elba Garcia both support the project. They’re now turning their attention to obtaining funding.
Meanwhile, President Bush in his State of the Union speech gave immigration issues the usual short shrift and promoted his guest worker program that would keep the flow of cheap Mexican workers going. That no doubt pleases the President’s large contributors and the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal. It does nothing to address the problem of cultural degradation in the United States.
Someday, in Winnetka Park, there may be a statue of President Vicente Fox. It’s not very likely that there will ever be one of George W. Bush.