Cinco De Mayo As American as Apple Pie

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Cinco De Mayo.(5th of May in gringo speak) No it’s not Mexican Independence day. That’s September 16. Two days before the Air Force Birthday and three days before Talk Like a Pirate day.But I digress. In 1861 France seeing a newly liberated Mexico, deep in debt, decided to call in their loans. This was a way to establish a colonial French empire in the Americas. France was sympathetic to the Confederate cause during the American civil war. And they saw a foothold in Mexico as a way to supply the Confederate States. 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Benito Juarez rounded up  2,000 to defend the town. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, French forces withdrew. I guess this could be seen as a Mexican Alamo. Later after the Civil War ended America was able to provide more assistance to expel France from the new world. Since that battle, no country in the Americas has been invaded by a European military force.. Cinco De Mayo is primarily observed in the township of Puebla de Los Angeles.

Most of Mexico treats the fifth of May as any other day. It’s not a federal holiday. Banks and stores are open. In America Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War are credited with being the first to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States. On June 7, 2005 Congress issued a concurrent resolution calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Today revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods. So grab your favorite Mexican beer and Tex-Mex dishes, no not that, and have some fun today.

5 thoughts on “Cinco De Mayo As American as Apple Pie

  1. Silverfiddle

    I sat on the back deck last night drinking beer and cooking hot wings with a neighbor who was born in Mexico. The subject of Cinco de Mayo never even came up…

    I’ll have to be sure to have a shot of tequila today.

  2. My Observations

    While America celebrates Cinco de Mayo, we are being milked by the Nations that we so gladly accept as our friends.
    If anyone doesn’t get it, here’s what must be going on behind the scenes. This president is smart enough to know what people want to hear. Despite all the lip service which draws cheers from the minions at campaign speeches, this president has no intention on breaking partnerships with oil cartels that hold our nation economically hostage. When opportunities do arise to make a significant move in that direction, nothing happens.

    The Saudis are jumping with joy, as is Hugo Chavez, for they represent almost one-fourth of the foreign oil imports consumed by America.

    By nixing the Keystone Pipeline project, President Barack Obama took three steps backwards in the plight toward energy independence and job creation. Words mean nothing. Actions mean everything.

    Every president since Nixon has sworn to do everything possible to wean the United States from dependency on foreign oil. For every president, including this one, it has been empty campaign rhetoric and no substance.

    When Carter took office in 1977, he created the Department of Energy for this very purpose. Instead of diminishing foreign oil imports, our dependency has increased from 33 percent in Nixon’s era to roughly 50 percent today. While Canada is our largest import source, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela— two countries who would broker a change in our way of life — account for nearly one-fourth of all foreign imports.

    Not only is our economy beholden to the trends and whims of foreign decision-makers, our nation is constantly pitted into a crucial dilemma of national security risks. It is inconceivable that our elected officials do not see this as a simmering crisis. There are solutions, but our leadership team hasn’t got what it takes to do what’s necessary. We cannot, and should not, be beholden to countries that hate us.

    Now comes an opportunity to see a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel in the proposed 1700-mile Keystone Pipeline from Canada through and into Texas. The project is estimated to produce 20,000 jobs, plus gazillions of barrels of crude oil from which we could break loose from the Saudi yoke and partner more with our friends to the north.Canada’s government has flatly said that if the United States does not deal, they might sell their product to China. What are we waiting for?

  3. Rob O.

    Yup, Cinco de Mayo is even less Mexican than St. Patrick’s Day is Irish! But it is a good excuse for some fine food & drink – not that we need much of an excuse to do that…


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