California’s War on America

A young woman once told me, “You’re not American, you’re Mexican, and you should remember that.”

Now presume the color of her skin. White? That would fit the narrative.

No. She was “brown,” like me. We were about the same age and shared a common ethnic background, though that was about it. She insisted that I am not American, rather a Mexican in America—a Chicano or whatever.

This was the first time in my life someone told me that I am, as a minority, dispossessed in the nation I call home, the nation I adore. And it came from a Mexican national.

Interestingly, she is also a Mexican national who chooses to frequent the much safer, cleaner nightlife scene of San Diego. There’s a word for countries like Mexico that warn foreigners to steer clear of five states (one that’s just slightly bigger than Maine) because of a high chance of “homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery.” Sunny, with a chance of murder.

A Well-Documented “Undocumented” Victory
Then again, the lines between California and Mexico have been blurred lately.

Consider. California has appointed a Mexican citizen to state office. Born in Mexico, Lizbeth Mateo entered the United States at 14 with her parents. Now Mateo is a member of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. That means Mateo will help illegal immigrants access taxpayer-subsidized educational grants, so they can go to school and enroll in the various “studies” programs, where they’ll learn all about why Thomas Jefferson was a bigot, Aristotle was a racist, and states’ rights were conceived right before the Civil War for the explicit purpose of keeping black people enslaved. That’s what I was taught in California schools, anyway.

In her spare time, Mateo is an “immigrant rights” activist. That means that in addition to helping illegal immigrants go to school on California taxpayers’ dime, she is also helping them bend and break federal laws, the kind to which the rest of us plebeians are subject.

The political trajectory of California is one of perpetual victimhood, welfare, and identity politics—all of which keeps the state government big, bureaucratic, and well-fed by taxpayers. The lunacy of California, now, is such that the state insists America cannot be American; that this nation must offer up its institutions, its principles, and what is left of its identity on the altar of progressivism.

Essentially California has declared that minorities are at odds with this nation and that all brown people need to be sheltered from Trump. Thanks, Kamala Harris—for a minute I was worried Trump might deport me, a citizen of the United States.

The Essence of California’s Politics: Identity Trumps All
Worse, California’s politics have conflated individuals like myself with petulant (legal and illegal) activists. My father did not come to this nation legally nearly 70 years ago to beg of it or to make demands of it. And he certainly did not come here to radically change the nation—all tasks which many so-called immigrant activists take it upon themselves to do. California’s identity politics have attempted to suit me up into the role of Reconquista alongside immigrants, solely because of the color of my skin. Political opinion and free will no longer matter. I cannot be fully a part of this country, say progressives, because I’m not white. This is the essence of California’s politics: non-whites are not and cannot be part of this country until some fundamental and radical change occurs, until we appoint more foreign citizens into state office, or fly foreign flags above the American flag.

This is not the America I want for me or for my children, because it wouldn’t be America at all. We are told that racism is part of the American DNA, and so America must be fundamentally transformed. But transformed into what? Radical transformation hardly ever results in anything good, one regime simply replaces another and entrenches itself and consolidates power.

California’s obsession with diversity means desecrating the salience of citizenship, destroying the substance of American identity, and to do all of this strictly as a means of consolidating political power. This is the state where taxpayers subsidize illegal immigrants at $25 billion per year, where the quality of life is the worst in all 50 states, and where those who bear the brunt of failed progressive public policy are, ironically, Latinos. Some 1.3 million Latino children live poverty in California, around 80 percent of Latino households headed by a noncitizen fall below nonprofit United Way’s “Real Cost Budget” level of economic distress. The Real Cost Budget factors in the costs of affording rent, child care, medical, health and transportation—and 80 percent of Latinos fall below that line.

There is no humanitarianism behind California’s progressivism. Mateo’s appointment is further proof that California is more interested in pandering to a Latino electorate than it is with redressing staggering levels of poverty and the miserable quality of life it has created for its people.

Photo credit: David McNew/Getty Images

About Pedro Gonzalez

Pedro Gonzalez is assistant editor of American Greatness and a Mount Vernon Fellow of the Center for American Greatness.

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28 responses to “California’s War on America

  • It is hard to understand California Mr Gonzalez, most people I know including legal immigrants are fine with legal immigration but this idea that illegals are SUPERIOR to citizens and have the same or MORE rights? What’s the point of being a citizen then, the privilege of paying taxes?

    • Wrong. Mexico is mostly indigenous which is non-white. Regions of Mexico are what they call Mestizo or a combo of indigenous and white, the white population is about one fifth of the population. Some percentage of Black, Asian, and Arab exist as well. The invaders are mainly poor indigenous Mexicans the government cares little about and glad to see them leave, but welcome the $USD they send back as a gift from our tax paying citizens.

      • You have fallen for the liberals divide and conquer BS. THERE ARE ONLY 5 RACES: Caucasoid, Mongoloid, Capoid, Australoid and Negroid.
        Mexicans are Caucasoid—White.

      • I haven’t fallen into anything. Racial dogma has changed. To wit:

        The U.S. Census Bureau must adhere to the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards on race and ethnicity which guide the Census Bureau in classifying written responses to the race question:

        White – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

        Black or African American – A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

        American Indian or Alaska Native – A person having origins in
        any of the original peoples of North and South America (including
        Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community
        attachment.
        *The bulk of Mexicans fall into this category with some a mix of European and Indian they call Mestizo however, and here’s where I agree with you….liberal dogma on race and ethnics created Hispanic in 1976 to form a new identity grievance voting block.
        Asian – A person having origins in any of the original peoples
        of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

        Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

      • You can thank the Spaniards for that BS. Long story, short, they were pissed that Spaniards were copulating with the indigenous peoples, thus producing the Mestizos, which some fathers accepted and sent to Spain for a proper education, infuriating the blue-bloods. So they came up with this racial partitioning which the Libs have now taken to a whole—-‘nother—-level!
        Vaya con Dios, mi amigo!

  • Any U.S. Citizen living in Mexifornia is now an indentured servant of the State.
    What more do they have to do to prove that to you?

  • What are you doing here? Has a white person ever personally asked you or any one else of your kind to come here?? Has a white person ever welcomed you here or thank you for coming here?? What makes you think whites want you here and what makes you think you belong here? You are nothing like us, you do not belong here. Get on your horse and head home hombre. We are sick and tired of you and your kind. This is our country. You don’t belong here. And we don’t need your kind here telling us what to do.

      • You are not like us. This is our country. You are not welcomed here. Remember, your kind was removed from this country once before by force and it can be done again.

      • don’t feed the troll. he’s a racebaiting idiot. as far as we are concerned anybody who comes here legally and asimilates as a productive citizen is always welcome

      • Are you Jewish Bill?? Jews are the ones that want all these blacks and browns here because Jews hate white Christians. So Bill are you a Jew or not??

      • Are you Jewish?? The Jews want all these blacks and browns here. It is the Jews that hate white Christians and white Christian society and want to destroyed it out of a deep abiding hatred of all things Christian. Are you Jewish Lincoln Anne or are you just another fool duped by the Jews in to hating Christ and Christians??

    • Robert Browning, your comments are so provocative that I clicked on your name and viewed some of the comments you’ve made elsewhere. They are so over-the-top racist and anti-semitic that I have to assume you are not serious and just do this to elicit a reaction. If you are serious, two things are possible: (1) You are a member of an extremely small minority of so-called right-wing extremists who give the entire right-leaning electorate a bad name, or (2) You are a left-wing activist deliberately posing as an anti-semitic, racist, right-wing extremist to help give the entire right-leaning electorate a bad name. I think the second possibility is more likely.

      As for you, Pedro Gonzalez, I thank God there are men and women like you who are willing to publicly proclaim their love for America and reject identity politics. I hope more of you will stand up and help explain the facts: Identity politics are a distraction from the real issue, which is that left-wing educational, economic and environmentalist policies are destroying the aspirations of low-income communities far more than whatever may remain of racism in our society.

      The Democrats want feudalism. A handful of super rich oligarchs at the top, and a massive majority of poor people dependent on government handouts at the bottom. They are conning the entire nation.

      • I am serious. It is just my opinions. Am I entitled to my opinions? You don’t get it. You just do not understand what is going on and why. Jews are fomenting a race war in all white western countries as a means to destroy Christianity. The only way for the Jew messiah, Moshiach the anti-Christ to enter this world is for Christianity to be destroyed. Can’t you see? How else do you explain things?? Why are things the way they are?? By chance??

      • Oh another thing Ed Ring, racist is a Jew created anti-white Christian slur and it is just part and parcel of the Jew project to foment racial hostility against white Christian on the way toward a race war and the ultimate Jew goal of the destruction of Christ, Christians and Christianity. But you know everything don’t you Ed??

      • Ed are you Jewish?? You know only Jews throw around the anti-white Christian pejorative “racist”?? Whites do not slur other whites with that word. So tell me Ed Ring are you a Jew??

      • No Robert, I am Christian. The point I’m trying to make is that I think you can find good people and bad people in every ethnic group and in every religious group. I think we agree that today there is an important political conflict between nationalists and globalists. I try to see both sides of that debate but I do not accept globalism if being globalist means we let millions of destitute immigrants from hostile cultures into our nation to collect welfare and vote for socialism. But I guess we disagree as to who those globalists are. I do not think any one group is responsible for globalism, nor do I think that all aspects of globalism are bad.

        As for the “racist” slur, I apologize. It angers me when people call me a racist, and let’s face it, today anybody who argues against unchecked immigration is accused of being a racist. What you wrote comes across as racist, depending on how you define racist. For me, to truly be a racist you have to object to intermarriage between ethnic groups. That’s my litmus test.

      • A globalist is a Jew. Just as a generation ago an internationalist was a Jew. The promise of the Jew religion to the Jew people is the subjugation of the non-Jew for the benefit of the Jews. Jews seek to establish one world global Jew rule with the world capital in Jerusalem and you, me and all other non-Jews are slaves.

      • Well we’re at an impasse Robert. I don’t agree with your generalization, but I respect your right to whatever opinions and beliefs you hold.

  • Very good piece Mr. Gonzalez. I especially like your point about previous waves of immigrants such as your Dad – they came to enjoy the opportunities presented by America as it was – not to make their new country more like their old one. But this is why it’s so important to fight the nonsense taught to our kids these days in school (I was going to say government schools, but I doubt private schools are much better). Given what they are taught about America – racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic, etc. – it’s a tough country to love. We need to take back control of the narrative of America and teach them that despite our flaws, the USA has been the greatest country for human flourishing in history.

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