Chicanos: Impudent Fun With A Singular Importance–“American Nations”
The idea that “demographics are destiny” and having “fun” in politics, will be with us for many years to come when we are addressing the Conservative Movement’s universal behavior relative to their “Three D’s” Syndrome. And if you’ve been around politics here in the Sonoran Desert for any length of time, the epiphany found on the Right, entails that this burden be afflicted on everyone. Consequently, their “denial, deflection and distraction” and which tends to be of paramount importance for practicing their “confused” conservatism, is premised on an expansive and adjacent “state’s rights” agenda. And yet, this convoluted logic has proven itself to be successful in times past.
And with this in mind, I thought I would have a tad of fun, especially when the political firestorm that is today’s politics and equally important, when the conservative “tools” are then focused on the derivative or seminal moment that encapsulates our future or for “shaping our future together” and that being the ever-present marriage between business and politics. Thusly, addressing the notional on how to extract every last green buck from the middle class, or for what portends to be tomorrow’s elderly, the students and of course, our children or today’s youngsters, is supremely important to us here in our respective Spanish-speaking communities, locally and nationally.
And especially when today’s majority continues to discount our expected demographic trends and further, while the Conservative Movement lays on the anticipated propaganda that has considerable attraction to and for the traction among the a) low information voter and b) the wrong information voter. Therefore, understanding our willingness to challenge this status quo with our reverence for being the iconic or “unassailable” facts-type voter will stand us in good stead for these coming years.
Today, there is a curious and singular thesis that is percolating upwards and into our discourse and it’s incumbent upon us to familiarize ourselves with this thesis, and therefore, I recommend a book titled, “American Nations” and authored by Colin Woodard, a journalist, writer and historian and who has reported from over 50 nations. As such, he deserves to be taken seriously relative to our public discourse. In addition to his current book, American Nations, he has published books with titles such as The Lobster Coast, The Republic of Pirates, and Ocean’s End. Consequently, he knows his craft well, but does he know his politics well and equally important, will he become the unwitting tool or “machete” for the Conservative Movement?
Colin Woodard, in his American Nations posits that should America’s Democracy implode in the years ahead, his thesis, admirable but still wrongheaded, will encapsulate a regional approach for attempting to perpetuate a series of “Democracies” via a series of “regional states” and with this in mind, here is what he defines as ‘states’ albeit, a collectivist of adjacent states for perpetuating expansive state’s rights or of a collectivist federation perpetuating an expansive state’s right agenda.
To wit, a thesis of the following 11 states, and as articulated on the editorial pages of the highly-oriented conservative newspaper, the Arizona Republic, can be found in Section B, The Viewpoints, pages B11 and 12, and dated October 30, 2011. This article can also be accessed via the internet at “azcentral.com”.
First Nation encompasses a vast region with a hostile climate, boreal forests, tundra and glaciers of the far north. As inhabitants of a new and very old—nation. First Nations’ people have a chance to put Native North America back on the map culturally, politically, and environmentally.
New France is the most overtly nationalistic of the nations, possessing a nation-state-in-waiting in the form of the province of Quebec. It is the nation most likely to secure an independent state, although it would first have to negotiate a partition with Quebec, with the inhabitants of the First Nation.
The Far West is the only nation where environmental factors truly trumped ethnic ones. With minor exceptions, this vast region couldn’t effectively be colonized without the deployment of vast industrial resources. Its political class tends to revile the federal government, a stance that often aligns it with the Deep South, while demanding it continue to receive federal largesse.
The Left Coast combines the Yankee faith in good government and social reform with a commitment to individual self-exploration and discovery. It was the birthplace of the modern environmental movement and the global information revolution, and the co-founder of the gay-rights movement, peace movement and the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
El Norte is the oldest of the Euro-America nations. Overwhelmingly Hispanic, it has been a hybrid between Anglo and Spanish America, with an economy oriented to the United States. Split by an increasingly militarized border, El Norte in some ways resembles Germany during the Cold War: two peoples with a common culture separate from one another by a large wall.
Yankeedom is a culture that puts greater emphasis on education, local political control and pursuit of the “greater good,” even if it requires individual self-denial. It has been locked in perpetual combat with the Deep South for control of the federal government.
The 17th-century Dutch colony of New Netherland had a lasting impact on the continent’s development by laying down the cultural DNA for what is now Greater New York City. New Amsterdam was a global commercial trading society: multi-ethnic, multi-religious, speculative, materialistic, mercantile and free-trading.
Pluralistic and organized around the middle class, the Midlands spawned the culture of Middle America and the Heartland, where ethnic and ideological purity have never been a priority, government has been seen as an unwelcome intrusion, and political opinion has been moderate, even apathetic.
Tidewater, the most powerful nation during the colonial period and the early republic, has always been a fundamentally conservative region, with a high value placed on respect for authority and tradition and very little on equality or public participation in politics.
Greater Appalachia was founded in the early 18th century by wave upon wave of rough, bellicose settlers. The borderlanders’ combative culture has provided a large proportion of the nation’s military. They also gave the continent bluegrass and country music, stock-car racing and evangelical fundamentalism.
Having forged an uneasy “Dixie” coalition with Appalachia and Tidewater in the 1870s, the Deep South is locked in an epic battle with Yankeedom and its Left Coast and New Netherland allies for the future of the federation. It remains the least democratic of the nations, a one-party entity where race remains the primary determinant of one’s political affiliations.
Further, Woodard posits this question from the standpoint of the year 2100 or thereabouts, and which is:
“Will it still be divided into three enormous political federations, or will it have morphed into something else: a Balkanized collection of nation-states along the lines of 20th-century Europe; a loose European-Union-style confederation of sovereign nation-states stretching from Monterrey, Mexico, to the Canadian Arctic; a unitary state run according to biblical law as interpreted by the spiritual heirs of Jerry Falwell; a Postmodernist utopian network of semi-sovereign, self-sustaining agricultural villages freed by technological innovations from the need to maintain larger governments at all?”
However, I will not apply my Template of “features” and “bugs” to his Thesis, but I would only add that in the past, I have jokingly suggested that with “racial and ethnics” becoming the majority of citizens within the next forty years, and where we will have the “ownership” and “management” responsibilities of both the Democratic and Republican Parties, the likelihood of Dixie remaining Dixie, is not in our stacked deck of cards as it pertains to our self-governance model, and which is part and parcel to Democracy in this Indigenous Hemisphere.
Conversely, were I to add a substantive Template on top of Woodard’s Thesis and that being a “new” National Security and Defense Schematic, imagining a soldier/pilot from Honduras or Guatemala serving on our aircraft carriers would be in keeping with our military personnel serving on these nations’ fishing vessels, is also imaginable, given that the food resources from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans will need to be maintained and preserved for the beneficial use of our oncoming generations and possibly attuned to the notional for the “seventh generation.” Therefore, being tri-lingual in the form of English, Spanish, and Portuguese will be a boon to the individual and a supplement to Mark Twain’s adage for being smarter from having traveled extensively.
Note: Cross Posted From the Web Site of the Chicano Veterans Organization.