Wow, what a blatant re-writing of history.
You guys should look at the Republic of Texas Constitution some time, specifically the number of native Tejanos that signed the Texas Constitution - it wasn't all whitey.
A lot of people were sick of how the government in Mexico City was running things, both Texas and Coahuila seceded because they didn't like Santa Anna's power grab.
There are plenty of war heroes from the Texas Revolution that were native Tejanos; a lot of my friends are proud descendants of those natives.
Texas fought for its independence, it's not a land in occupation.
What you give is the Walt Disney version, yes. The reality is that the average Mestizo Tejano still suffered discrimination after the state entered the Union. For all of their fighting for both Independence from Mexico and as part of the Confederacy, they were still ultimately relegated to second class citizen status and treated with suspicion and contempt. The legal protections for blacks did not apply to them, they were legally considered white but in practice were classed as "colored" and were treated as such by the Anglo white establishment.
Sorry, I guess I must be missing something.
The first couple sentences of that blog post quote are wildly inaccurate.
Actually, the first few lines of the blog post
are as follows:
The topic of last week’s post, the likely fate of Israel in the twilight years of American empire, makes a good example of more than one common theme. As I commented in that earlier discussion, Israel is one of several American client states for whom the end of our empire will also be the end of the line.
I can only assume from the context of your statements that 1) you're referring to the quotes
I made from the blog post and that 2) you didn't read the entire blog post, which kind of makes me sad in a Stuart Smalley sort of way. I encourage you to read the entire blog post with an open mind. Keep in mind that he's talking about what is possible based on certain latent trends and undercurrents, not claiming to tell the future with certitude or being alarmist. But, from what is written, he seems to take into account everything you've mentioned but from the broader perspective of considering what is possible when latent forces become manifest and undercurrents become dominant.
The dangers of latent historical trends is the very reason the U.S. still has bases in Germany and Japan. Even Tejanos have not forgotten the past--anymore than Anglo-America has forgotten the 1 drop rule. Which, by the way, is the reason the current president is considered "black" and I mark the pan-racial, ethnic identifier "Hispanic" on various forms.
Once a pattern has been set within the collective unconscious, it can be a long time before it is broken, and often it continues to endure for as long as a culture or civilization exists:http://youtu.be/kIzFz9T5rhI
As far as the cartels, they do not really have the love of the people - at least not on this side of the border.
Even people I know from Juarez are particularly upset at the cartels having killed most of the economy there due to the complete disappearance of tourism.
Say what you want about the evils of the US, the military, the modern culture, or whatever; but I have a hard time seeing a band of murderers with relatively small support outside of their home territories taking over even San Antonio (with it's 6 military bases), let alone the whole state - which has some of the largest & most-populated cities in the US and a ton of military bases.
I live within a couple of hours of SA, and can confirm all this. Few here are anxious to secede; the ones who are are typically 30-something urban cowboys, with a very few old-timers thrown in.
The cartels are a blight to the growing middle class in Mexico. They undermine stability and present a constant threat to safety and the comfort of normalcy. The way one views the drug lords or even revolutionary figures such as "Pancho" Villa and Emiliano Zapata has everything to do with class. To the Mexican upper class, the historic figures of Emiliano Zapata (progenitor of Chiapa's famous "Zapatista Rebels" who are currently led by the masked "Subcomandante Marcos,") and Pancho Villa are seen as little more than troublemakers who were finally crushed, though perhaps not effectively enough. To the common people, they are immortalized heroes, champions of justice, examples of defiance against corrupt authority, and symbols of indigenous cultural and political self-assertion. The way these individuals are viewed depends on one's knowledge of history and relationship to it based on where one's interests lie.
To Mexico's upwardly mobile middle class and the upper class, the drug lords and their conflicts are a disturbing and embarrassing threat to public safety and civil society. (Or perhaps a messy but useful tool to the latter class? Le Hmmm...) To the underclass, however, they are outright heroes. If the global economy collapses, in which class direction do you think most people will begin to shift? Upwards into middle-classdom (even though there are no resources available to support this shift) or downward into the hellish slums of underclass poverty? At such a time, where do you think the allegiances of the common people, the outed and dispossessed, will lie?
When we consider the situation within a long-term perspective and in relation to the United States, we have to ask ourselves if scarce resources and lack of government support (or experiencing government oppression) tends to make people more
civil or tends to incline them to fall back on more basic in-group out-group allegiances and encourage conflict amongst disparate racial and ethnic communities where friction already existed.
Le Hmm... Le mysteries of le universe...
O good man! In the past - innumerable, boundless, asamkhyas of kalpas past - there appeared in this town of Kusinagara a Buddha who was the Alms-deserving, the All-Enlightened One, the All-accomplished One, the Well-gone, the All-knower, the Unsurpassed One, the Best Trainer, the Teacher of Heaven and Earth, the Buddha-World-Honoured One, and whose name was "Tathagata of Joy-and-Beneﬁt-Augmentation." At that time, the world was wide and gloriously pure, rich and peaceful. The people were at the height of prosperity and no hunger was felt. He [They] looked like the Bodhisattvas of the Land of Peace and Happiness. That Buddha-World-Honoured One stayed in the world for an innumerable length of time. Having taught the people, he entered Parinirvana between the twin sal trees. The Buddha having entered Nirvana, the teaching remained in the world for countless billions of years and in the last part of the remaining 40 years the Buddhist teaching had still not died. At that time, there was a bhiksu called "Enlightened-Virtuous", who upheld the precepts well and was surrounded by many of his relatives. He raised the lion’s roar and preached all the nine types of sutras. He taught, saying: "Do not keep menials, men or women, cows, sheep or whatever might go against the precepts." At that time there were many bhiksus who were acting contrary to the precepts. On hearing this, they entertained ill-will and came upon this bhiksu, brandishing swords and staﬀs. At that time, there was a king called "Virtuous". He heard of this. To protect Dharma, he came to where the bhiksu was delivering his sermons and fought against the evil doers so that the bhiksu did not suﬀer. The king, however, received wounds all over his body. Then the bhiksu, Enlightened-Virtuous, praised the king, saying: "Well done, well done, O King! You are a person who protects Wonderful Dharma. In days to come, you will become the unsurpassed utensil of Dharma." The king listened to his sermon and rejoiced. Then he died and was born in the land of Buddha Akshobhya and became his foremost disciple. The subjects of this king, his relatives and soldiers were all glad and did not retrogress in their Bodhichitta [resolve to gain Enlightenment]. When the day came to depart the world, they were born in the land of Buddha Akshobhya. At the time when Wonderful Dharma is about to die out, one should act and protect Dharma like this. O Kasyapa! The king at that time was I; the bhiksu who delivered the sermon was Buddha Kasyapa. O Kasyapa! One who guards Wonderful Dharma is recompensed with such incalculable fruition. That is why I today adorn my body in various ways and have perfectly achieved the indestructible Dharma-Body...
"O good man! That is why I allow those who uphold the precepts to be accompanied by the white-clad people [lay people, non-monks] with the sword and staﬀ. Although all kings, ministers, rich lay men [grhapati] and upasakas may possess the sword and staﬀ for protecting Dharma, I call this upholding the precepts. You may possess the sword and staﬀ, “but do not take life”. If things are thus, we call this ﬁrst-hand upholding of the precepts."
Mahaparinirvana Sutra http://www.nirvanasutra.net/convenient/Mahaparinirvana_Sutra_Yamamoto_Page_2007.pdf
Is that what you're looking for? Buddha's instructions to pack.
More or less. Either this or something from The Protector
One of my best friends is a half grown Honduran dude. When I saw Apocalypto, I joked that it was like they had cloned him to populate the cast.