What if there was a reconquista, and Americans didnâ€™t notice until it was too late? It was all moving along quite swimmingly before the recent immigration rallies when most Americans wouldnâ€™t have known a reconquista from a chimichanga. But the word is out thanks to those rallies where hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Hispanics filled American streets waving Mexican flags, displaying insulting banners, and making incredibly brazen demands of the country.
For anyone who hasnâ€™t been paying attention, the reconquista is a radical movement calling for Mexico to â€śreconquerâ€ť Americaâ€™s Southwest which proponents claim is land that was stolen from Mexico. But thatâ€™s not all. Reconquista propaganda also claims that the â€śstolenâ€ť land happens to sit on the territory of the ancient â€śNation of Aztlan,â€ť which was supposedly the cradle of Aztec civilization.
Hmm, thatâ€™s odd. Iâ€™m looking at a World Book Encyclopedia map of the Aztec empire as it existed at the height of its power, and it was totally confined to parts of southern Mexico, hundreds and hundreds of miles south of the Mexican-American border. Looks like this Aztlan thing can be dismissed out of hand as the nonsensical poppycock that it is.
And even if Aztlan had been real and had stretched from Cancun to Spokane, so what? The only argument that could possibly advance would be to give it all back to the Aztecs, an even more ridiculous notion.
But forget about Aztlan. Letâ€™s get back to the idea that the American Southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico. Balderdash! The United States didnâ€™t unjustly steal land from Mexico. Rather, land was legally ceded to the United States by Mexico through the Treaty of Guadalupe de Hidalgo which ended the Mexican-American War in 1848.
Yes, the United States won that war, and you could say that California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas were the spoils of war, but that doesnâ€™t make it unjust. It certainly wasnâ€™t unjust for the people who lived in those lands because it saved them from being a part of the eternally corrupt, unstable, poverty-ridden country of Mexico.