Typically a lot of us poke fun, if in a very serious vein, at California.
Not just today’s California, but going back to the 1980s. The People’s Republic, we call it. Or the Democratic (Communist) Republic. In Iowa, we have Idiots Out Wandering Around, but in California? The idiots are in charge of the asylum. And worse. Writer Robert Heinlein, himself long a resident of California, often took aim at it, and its people. In one twisted story, all of the inhabitants were granted college degrees automatically at age 18. Mark Twain, too, loved to make fun. But it isn’t funny any more.
Please don’t get me wrong. There are a good many very good people who live (and work) in California. But those in power in the State have demonstrated that they are enemies of liberty; opposed to decency and civility in society, and intent on destroying cultural norms, society, traditions (bad as well as good traditions), and individuals. The Good Guys have lost an entire State of 40 million people.
The most recent example of this comes from the California Department of Education. The Department’s latest brainstorm? An education curriculum described in the New York Post. CalDOE is proposing an ethnic studies “model curriculum” that includes, among other things, chanting the names of an Aztec god in an attempt to build unity among schoolchildren.
One of the “lesson resources” has a chant (presumably in the Uto-Azteca language Nahuatl) “In Lak Ech” or “love, unity and mutual respect,” and “Panche Be” or “seeking the roots of truth.” The chant begins by declaring “You are my other me” and “If I do harm to you, I do harm to myself.” It all sounds very good – even somewhat libertarian if definitely new age.
It adds, “Tezkatlipoka, Tezkatlipoka, smoking mirror, self-reflection Tezkatlipoka.”
What is Tezkatlipoka?
It is a “who” not a what. Tezkatlipoka is an Aztec god, whose name means “Smoking Mirror.” A god worshipped with human sacrifice. According to the World History Encyclopedia, an impersonator of Tezkatlipoka would be sacrificed with his heart removed to honor the deity. Other historical references (for example, the Encyclopedia Britannica) point out that Tezcatlipoca was the god of the Great Bear constellation and of the night sky, and a major deity of the Aztec pantheon (perhaps comparable to Ba’al or Ares). The Toltecs brought the Tezcatlipoca cult to central Mexico about AD 1000.
As the stories go, Tezcatlipoca expelled the priest-king Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, from that deity’s central cult center. Tezcatlipoca killed many Toltecs with his black magic and corrupted the virtuous Quetzalcóatl to sin, drunkenness, and carnal love. This apparently ended the Toltec golden age. Very significantly, under his evil influence the practice of human sacrifice was introduced into central Mexico. To the tune of hundreds of thousands a year.
Introducing this monster and teaching children to worship this Smoking Mirror (by chanting his name) is supposed to help marginalized groups in California: “By affirming the identities and contributions of marginalized groups in our society, ethnic studies helps students see themselves and each other as part of the narrative of the United States,” the curriculum reads. “Importantly, this helps students see themselves as active agents in the interethnic bridge-building process we call American life.”
The “chants, affirmations, and energizers,” the curriculum reads, “can be used as energizers to bring the class together, build unity around ethnic studies principles and values, and to reinvigorate the class following a lesson that may be emotionally taxing or even when student engagement may appear to be low.”
I’m not shocked by this. The Aztec empire was essentially a giant death cult. In 1487, the Azteca sacrificed 84,000 people in four days to consecrate a temple. The Spanish Conquistadors wrote about the racks of human skulls of the victims of sacrifice in Aztec cities. Sacrifices which the Azteca believed were necessary to feed the gods and continue the world. (Science News) Some of those racks have been found and have an estimated 130,000 skulls on them. This was long claimed to be fake history, made up by the Spanish to justify geocide and conquest. It was NOT.
When the weather was dry, the Azteca sacrificed people. When it rained, they sacrificed more. Virtually the only thing the Aztec empire did for about four centuries? Go to war to conquer surrounding tribes for captives to enslave and sacrifice. They built massive temples for HUMAN sacrifice. On a scale never reached by Ba’alist in Canaan or Carthage. It was a death cult, not a civilization, and it was doomed to failure.
After more than 700 years of fighting for liberation from another death cult, called Islam, Spanish New World explorers found in Mexico an even MORE evil cult of mass murder. While their greed and misplaced zeal to spread their faith by the sword must be condemned in the strongest terms, their reaction to such evil as the Aztec Empire must be understood. The appeals of other AmerInd nations oppressed by the Azteca – including early republics raided constantly for human sacrifice – were answered by the Spanish, who used superior technology to wipe out an incredible, horrific, tyranny that literally carved the hearts out of their living human victims.
And THIS evil is what California state government wants to introduce to the innocent children to “build unity” and “reinvigorate the class.” Even Mao, Stalin, the Khmer Rouge, and the National Socialists viewed the mass murder of millions as a necessary and regrettable bad act. The Azteca viewed human sacrifice as a GOOD thing. As do the present rulers of California.
But then, this is fully in keeping with the present generation of pro-abortion activists, is it not? The murder of 70 million unborn babies in the last half-century in these Fifty States is “GOOD” in their eyes.
I do not know what the solution to the modern evil called California is. I urge escape, at the very least. Secession might help the remaining States isolate from this evil. But more is needed.
I lived in CA in the 70’s and early 80″s, it was great. Problem started in the late 70’s, they passed Prop 13, which cut property taxes by 50% plus, the last good Gov was the Duke, after that the state was going down hill, little money was coming in from taxes and an over paid GA.