Friday, May 04, 2007

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Cinco de Mayo!

Contrary to popular beliefs, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day rather it is the commemoration of the victory of the Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over a superior French Occupational Forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Like St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo has crossed cultural boundaries in the United States wherein the celebration is wildly observed not only in areas where there is a large Hispanic population but also in areas where diversity is encouraged.

Also the fact that in Capitalist America, every entrepreneur or businessman worth his money would do everything to concoct every gimmick and opportunity to lure party-going people into their business establishments for a good time.

Thus, you can see an Irish Bar advertising a Cinco de Mayo night wherein Guinness and Jameson have been edged by Corona and Cuervo from its traditional place. Or steaks and burgers gave way to Fajitas, Tacos and Burritos in the main menu even just for a day. Or everybody’s idea of fun is striking and breaking a Piñata.

Mexico and the Norte Americanos have gone a long way. From fighting a war for territorial gains to the present war against the so- called illegal immigrants jumping over the fence south of the border.

They have a love- hate relationship but in reality they cannot live without each other. It is a symbiotic relationship actually for without the majority of “illegal immigrants” who are mostly Mexicans, America’s vaunted economic power will suffer.

On the positive side, Mexico just like the Philippines also gains from the remittances of their people to help keep a corrupt government and bad economy afloat in a way. These are people who risked their lives to seek greener pastures so that their family back home can have decent lives that the government that should give them in the first place is incapable of doing.

I don’t buy the contention that these “illegal immigrants” actually takes job away from Americans. In reality they take jobs that Americans don’t want to have in the first place plus the fact that they work without health and other form of insurance, on low wages and odd hours, conditions that no pampered citizen of Uncle Sam’s America will take but business people propagates.

The truth is, some Americans would rather live off their money they get from social security and food stamps and sit in front of the TV munching potato chips than work their asses out.

Yeah, why work when the government will support you?

Michigan is just one of the states that has no limitations up to where one can receive social security. One can have it for life if you want to, doing nothing while the rest of the hardworking citizens and legal immigrants of this country pay the right taxes to support the lazy ones. Don’t get me wrong but most Americans are driven and hardworking except for a few.

Anyway, what will I do on Cinco de Mayo?

I’ll be chillin’ in my couch with a Dos XX in hand watchin’ Oscar de la Hoya fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for the WBC Jr. Middleweight title on pay-per view to settle once and for all, who is the better fighter between them.

So who will you pick, the Golden Boy or the Pretty Boy?

Hmmm, all that glitter’s not gold and beauty is skin deep…


Mexican Trippin'--

Here's my late Grand Pa's favorite singers, the Trio Los Panchos





Mexican Squeeze :)

p.s.

mi dulce amor,

sabras que te quiero...

2 comments:

annamanila said...

Cinco de Mayo. I didnt know that ... so is it a holiday where you are? Mexico is famous for a lot of things, not the least of which are their enchiladas and tapas and yes fajitas and their intrepid boxers, and yes Viva Zapata. I hope i am not interchanging my Mexico with my Cuba.

Princess of CJ said...

couldnt agree more that mexicans take job that americans wont have not that they're robbing job from americans. :D

enjoy your holiday..carpe diem!

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