May 5, 2014
Just a reminder, the real story about Cinco de Mayo day! In Mexico, May 5 is not celebrated as an official holiday – September 16 is – Cinco is a made up U.S. party day. Ask any Mexican in Mexico!
March 2, 2013
There seems to be some flag flap over students wearing American flag tee shirts on Cinco de Mayo day. As we all know Cinco de Mayo is probably the holiday most often celebrated that no one understands. May 5th is Cinco de Mayo day – in which is a Mexican holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, as they wanted to collect on some war debts. The French army was much larger, better trained and equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reach Puebla, where the Mexicans made a valiant stand, and against all logic, won a huge victory. It was short-lived, as the French army regrouped and continued; eventually taking Mexico City, but the euphoria of an unlikely victor against overwhelming odds is remembered every May 5th.
We were in Puerta Vallarta last year on May 5th and I questioned the Mexicans who worked in our building why they weren’t celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Their reply was, Mexico does not celebrate May 5 – that is a made-up U.S.holiday – and this is a common misconception in the United States – they stated – our official holiday is September 16 because it was on that day in 1810 that Father Miguel Hidalgo took to his pulpit in the village church of the town of Delores and invited his flock to take up arms and join him in overthrowing Spanish tyranny. They were very emphatic because Independence Day is a very important holiday in Mexico and should not be confused with Cinco de Mayo.
In Puebla and in many USA cities with large Mexican populations on May 5th, there are parades, dancing, and festivals. It is a fun holiday, really more about celebrating the Mexican way of life than about remembering a battle which happened 150 years ago. It is sometimes referred to as a “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day. But, in Mexico, they take the real holiday, September 16, very seriously.
My thought is this California school needs to quit making a “mountain out of a mole hill.” My question is, if these students are American Mexicans, why are they carrying a Mexican flag – isn’t California still a state in the U.S.? Why are they bringing this flag to school when the American flag should be flying in front of the school? The judge stated the civil rights case forced him to weigh the difficult question of what takes precedence: students’ free speech rights or school safety concerns? This should have been handled in two parts – students’ free speech rights come first (this judge did not follow and uphold the Constitution – he made law instead of upholding the law and is typical of liberal judges) and second school safety concerns should have been handled by the law enforcement community. So, in my eyes, these young people were not given their rights as American citizens. This would be the same if when I went to Mexico and I did not respect their country’s flag by raising an American flag on my front porch in Mexico and therefore showing disrespect for their flag and their country. Too much political correctness going on in this country. His ruling should be turned around and the Constitution upheld. This judge took an oath to uphold the Constitution and is breaking his oath.
March 3, 2013
One additional thought is when a ship enters the harbor of any country, it has to raise that country’s flag in addition to its own country.