Real Story Behind the Protests

"We're going to close down Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Tucson, Phoenix, Fresno" on May Day this Monday, labor organizer Jorge Rodriquez told the British wire service Reuters.

"We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here [illegally]," said Rodriquez, organizer for one of the unions of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees of the AFL-CIO. "That is the message that is going to be played out across the country on May 1."

Listen to the cynicism behind Rodriquez's arrogant statement. Government workers who belong to AFSCME unions will not see their jobs taken or wages depressed by illegal aliens, as will poor and undereducated American citizens. On the contrary, illegal aliens will generate more government jobs � the one sector where unionization is growing � with their demand for more taxpayer-funded services (read: welfare).

By one estimate, every illegal alien household in America on average consumes at least $2,736 more in taxpayer-funded services than it pays in taxes each year. This adds a total burden that could exceed $27 billion a year on American citizen taxpayers.

Six decades have passed since the last large organized labor protest in the United States staged on May Day, the traditional date of the Soviet Union's annual parade of its latest weapons through Moscow's Red Square and holiday for its Euro-socialist fellow-travelers.

The radicals have insisted on May Day for "day without immigrants" nationwide Hispanic rallies and "buy nothing gringo" business boycotts, as well as work and school walkouts, and planned disruptions of major American cities (including cities such as New York and Chicago that historically were never "Mexican" territories).

The radicals behind this protest chose May first, rather than Cinco de Mayo, for a reason � and their allies in the Democratic Party, the racist Hispanic reconquista movement, and the Mexican government are behind them all the way.

The most vocal of these radicals, who also set last month's nationwide pro-amnesty immigration protests that blocked Los Angeles streets with half a million Mexican flag-waving marchers, are activists with International ANSWER, a front group for the avowedly Marxist Workers World Party.

Do not be surprised on Monday if ANSWER activists in one guise or another try to cause violent confrontations with police, property damage or other violence. A longstanding radical tactic, such confrontations are intended to produce overreactions that polarize an issue and force those involved to "choose sides." Confrontations on May Day would be calculated to produce a public backlash and to push otherwise-culturally conservative Hispanics into the arms of the left.

It's no accident that those pushing hardest for the May 1 boycott," wrote Marc Cooper of the far-left Nation Magazine and host of its tax-exempt foundation's Radio Nation, "... have never shown much concern for real-world results, preferring to act out their ideological impulses."

May Day was chosen for this mass demonstration as a "conscious nod" to the class confrontation traditions of this day, wrote the Socialist Worker. This journal proudly describes itself as standing "in the tradition in the Marxist tradition, founded by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, and continued by V.I. Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg and Leon Trotsky."

Democrats, who dominate the California legislature, voted last week along party lines to endorse May Day's protests in resolutions describing the school, worker and buyer walkouts as the "Great American Boycott 2006."

"America wouldn't have been created without illegal action," said State Senator Richard Alarcon and Democratic Senate Whip of the Los Angeles suburb Van Nuys. "They dumped a bunch of tea in Boston harbor, illegally."

And where does Senator Alarcon fit on the ideological spectrum? His sister Evelina has been vice chair of the Communist Party USA and chair of the Southern California District of the Communist Party USA as well as a "state coordinator" for the United Farm Worker union. Senator Alarcon has been featured speaker at a banquet for the People's Weekly World, the newspaper of the Communist Party USA.

In voicing his support for the May Day protests, Democratic State Senator Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles "likened the debate over immigrant rights to the fights over slavery, women's suffrage, the internment of Japanese during World War II, and the Vietnam War."

Senator Cedillo has relentless authored bills to provide valid California driver licenses to illegal aliens, a legal document for the undocumented. He refuses to acknowledge that Mexicans in the United States can use a Mexican driver's license. Cedillo has rejected Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's request that any such California license carry a distinguishing mark so it could not be used as ID to register a voter or for other privileges requiring American citizenship.

As a student at the University of California Los Angeles in the 1970s, Cedillo was an activist in the racist Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, MEChA, dedicated to reclaiming the southwestern United States for Mexico.

The head of UCLA's incendiary MEChA chapter in that era was Antonio Villaraigosa, later to become speaker of the lower house of the California legislature, later Los Angeles city councilman, and current mayor of Los Angeles. As documented in this column, both Cedillo and Villaraigosa attended and became lawyers at the People's Law School, a factory for the manufacture of radical left-wing lawyers.

Another close Villaraigosa friend and ally has been Mario Obledo, co-founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), who was awarded the 1998 Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton.

"California is going to be a Hispanic state," Mario Obledo has proclaimed, "and anyone who doesn't like it should leave. They should go back to Europe." (Does this refer to the Europe that includes Spain and the Spanish language?)

This kind of racist MEChA-like thinking has largely taken control of California's Democratic Party, whose longtime chairman has been veteran politician Esteban "Art" Torres.

"Power is not given to you. You have to take it," said Torres at a January 1995 Hispanic gathering to discuss non-compliance with ballot Proposition 187 at the University of California Riverside. "Remember, 187 is the last gasp of White America in California!" (For audio of Torres' statement, check out this Web site.)

Proposition 187 would have denied taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens. It passed with the support of 60 percent of California voters, including 30 percent of Hispanics. Recalled Democratic Governor Gray Davis refused to defend it in court. A federal judge set most of its provisions aside, her entire declared legal rationale for doing so being that "it would hurt people."

This same Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, who thrilled at "the last gasp of White America in California," has attacked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for having spent many years on the advisory board of U.S. English. This organization advocates English as the common language for all Americans. (English is now also the world language of diplomacy, science and business, as Latin and French were in previous centuries.)

U.S. English "has used its English-first message," charged Torres, "to hide a more racially divisive agenda." But America's shared language, English, is a bridge that ends division and opens opportunities to members of all races. By contrast, leftists such as Torres have tried by hook and crook to keep Hispanics chained inside a Spanish language ghetto.

Research studies have found that when Hispanics learn to speak English and move from the barrio into the larger society, they start voting Republican in roughly the same proportion as other Americans. If this continues to happen with America's fastest-growing minority, it would mean demographic doom for the Democratic Party. No wonder its members in California want to deny opportunity and education to young Hispanics, as will happen during Monday May Day � when Hispanics will walk out of school and work.

More evidence of the left-wing divide-and-conquer effort to drive wedges that split Americans apart came this past week in what purported to be a Spanish language version of America's National Anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner."

As this columnist has noted, it's odd to have a National Anthem that would get you arrested for speaking its lyrics about "bombs bursting in air" at a public airport or school. But the remixed Spanish version changes our anthem's lyrics to say such things as "These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws ... let's not start a war with all these hard workers; they can't help where they were born." These new lyrics pervert America's anthem into doublespeak making morality appear immoral and illegality appear legal.

The man who conceived this distortion is British music producer Adam Kidron, who will market it on the album Somos Americanos, "We Are Americans." One dollar of the album's $10 price, he said, will go to the National Capital Immigration Coalition (NCIC) in Washington, D.C.

No leftist mainstream media reporter pressed Kidron on what this organization is. NCIC is a front group for the radical Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that twisted arms to install Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. A majority of SEIU members are government employees, so it shares the same cynical politics against working Americans and in favor of higher taxes and bigger government as AFSCME. It is one of America's biggest and richest labor unions. SEIU also played a major role in organizing the massive illegal immigration rallies throughout the Southwest.

The president of the newly-formed NCIC is Jaime Contreras, who arrived from his native El Salvador in 1988 and worked his way up from an SEIU janitor's union to become one of the leaders of SEIU. No wonder he has been featured on every left-wing media outlet from National Public Radio (NPR), to Pacifica Radio, to Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!" These outlets know how to build up and promote their own, although few bother to tell their audience of Contreras' union background or extremist connections.

Unlike many other unions, SEIU retains the old radical dream of concentrating all union power in a few hands able to shut down all of America at the snap of a union boss's fingers. It has welcomed illegal immigrants as a source of new membership to save the dying labor movement. SEIU has promoted the use of mass walkouts and disruption of entire cities to intimidate and force itself on employers and politicians.

It should not surprise us that this new anti-American anthem in Spanish is being used not only to advance radicalism but also to help fund the activities of a radical labor union disguised as a neutral-sounding immigration coalition.

"I think the National Anthem ought to be sung in English," said President George W. Bush (who grew up in Texas, speaking both English and Spanish). "And I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the National Anthem in English."

As we debate this issue, said President Bush, we should take care "not to lose our national soul." Unlike other nations rooted in a single religion, race, culture, or history, the United States has gathered its people from throughout the world; Americans are held together by our ideals, our laws, our shared language English and our Manifest Destiny. The radicals behind Monday's May Day demonstration advocate immigration that breaks our laws, rejects assimilation into America and insists on using Spanish as a language to keep it apart from the rest of America.

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