Wednesday, May 5, 2010

cinco de mayo confession

Today is Cinco de Mayo.  I used to wonder why it was such a big deal here in the US.  Now, I am all for any holiday that promotes drinking and eating guacamole, don't get me wrong... but it doesn't commemorate a USA accomplishment or event or anything like that.  Along with the following remarks, this essay from American Thinker helped me put it in perspective. The remarks are from President George W. Bush in celebration of Cinco de Mayo 2007:

Cinco de Mayo celebrates a great Mexican victory at the battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862, an outnumbered band of Mexican soldiers held their ground against a professional European army. They triumphed against overwhelming odds. The victory inspired Mexican patriots in their heroic fight for liberty, and for democracy. Cinco de Mayo is a joyful day in Mexican history, and it's an important milestone in the history of freedom.
The people of the United States are proud to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with our Mexican neighbors. Our two countries continue to stand for the principles that the Mexico army defended at Puebla. We believe that democracy represents the true will of people. We believe that freedom is God's gift to every man, woman and child on the face of this Earth. 
So as you scoop another tortilla chip full or guac or toast your best buds with a margarita, take a moment to reflect and be thankful for the freedom we have in this country and wherever else freedom is able to reign .

Oh and not to be too political on you... an extremely non-pc song by the wonderful Grateful Dead in honor of Mexico and Cinco de Mayo.


  1. Very true. I just ate my enchiladas and contemplated this post :)

  2. mmm... please do not talk about guacamole.

  3. What a great explanation of the holiday - and now I'm craving guacamole!


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