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Over at Empirical Snarkery, Grackle brings to light several good questions and several good points about how we in this country manage to skip celebrating this day, but OMGFORBID that we let Cinco de Quatro*—I mean, Mayo, go by without proper *spit* respect. Some good observations:
You know, I find it sort of strange that the Mexican Army defeated the French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This gave Mexico Independence and is celebrated as Cinco de Mayo. Texas citizens celebrate this in every pub across the state.
I have never celebrated it. EVER. Why? Because as a Puerto Rican, I find it extremely disrespectful to celebrate another country’s independence. That’s like celebrating Arafat’s birthday in Tel Aviv. Not done!!! As Grackle states, we don’t celebrate Texas’ independence from Mexico the way that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.
Perhaps Grackle’s best observation is this:
Perhaps the oddest twist is how in the hell was Mexico not able to defeat a couple thousand scrappy rag-tag Texans, but can defeat one of the then greatest armies on the planet? Granted it was the French Army, but it doesn’t really make much sense to me. I believe that the French Military is most interested in how they look in uniform over how they fight in uniform.
So, fuck all Santa Ana worshipping, Aztlan hopey changers out there. Ain’t EVER gonna happen. You see, Texas is a whole other country, one you will NEVER have.
Totally ripp- I mean, creatively borrowed from Empirical Snarkery.
*Obama quote of the month, May 2009.