by Ralph A. Brandt
This month’s column will be about twenty-fourth issue of Instauration magazine. On the front page it says Volume 2, Number 11 and is dated October 1977. Also on the front page is the caption “Chicano.”
As always, Page 2 is titled “The Safety Valve.” It’s where the letters to the editor are printed. One letter reads as follows: “I hereby accuse all anti-capital punishment lobbyists as accessories to the murder of useful citizens, policemen, and perhaps even judges. Can we expect law enforcement officers to protect us, while we refuse to protect them? Are not these lobbyists murderers by proxy?”
The feature article of this issue is titled “Chicano.” It talks about the difference between Old Mexico and the U.S. state of New Mexico. Fernando Cortez conquered the Aztecs in 1521. In 1540 Francisco Vasquez de Coronado left the northern outpost of Culiacan. He headed north into Cibola in search of the seven cities of gold. He found no cities or gold, but he found lots of Indians. In 1598 Juan de Onate settled in what was to become New Mexico. The capital city was set up in 1610 and named Santa Fe.
In Mexico, the people in the ruling class imported their women from Spain. The people in the underclass looked for wives among the Indians. As a result, Mexico’s class system was racial as well as economic. The upper class was Castilian, and the underclass was mestizo.
When Spaniards settled in New Mexico, they discovered that the Indian women were not too fond of them. The relaxed the rules and enabled Spaniards to wed their cousins.
To this day the people of New Mexico are racially different from the people of Old Mexico.
The Chicanos and the “Anglos” have different thought processes. Chicanos do not have the capability for abstract thinking that Anglos have. A Chicano cannot correctly count the number of identical cubes in a three-dimensional sketch. Chicanos have a remarkable mechanical aptitude. They can keep on old car running forever with a pair of pliers and a coil of wire. They are good bricklayers as well, but one cannot conceptualize a full-sized house by looking at a scale model of one.
The New Mexicans like to drink, drive, and throw litter out the window. Because of this, the highways north of Albuquerque look like a trashbox.
Another article in this issue is titled “George Marshall and John Barleycorn.” George Marshall was a five-star general. He served as Army Chief of Staff from 1939 until 1945. In 1946 he served as an envoy to China. He let an unsuccessful effort to negotiate a coalition government between the Nationalists, led by Chiang Kai-shek, and the Communists, led by Mao Zedong. He served as Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949. As Secretary of State, he formulated the Marshall Plan, for rebuilding post-war Europe. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.
The author of this article alleged that, the day before Pearl Harbor, when everyone was looking for him, George Marshall was being de-boozed at Walter Reed Hospital. This is a rather long article that argues both for and against this contention by way of a series of letters. The first letter came from a former news service executive. It read as follows:
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