Friday, July 11, 2014

Cinco de Mayo, happy birthday Karl Marx

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day but it is Karl Marx’s birthday. Historically, it is part of an ancient religious celebration.

Pres. G W. Bush on Cinco de Mayo | PHOTO CREDIT: Office of the President (Public Domain)
Pres. G W. Bush on Cinco de Mayo | PHOTO CREDIT: Office of the President (Public Domain)

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May. Commemorative celebrations increased across the US over the past few decades. It is often regarded as “Mexican Independence Day”.

It is not the Mexican version of the US’s July Fourth. It is more akin to celebrating the Battle of Jacinto in Texas, when the US Army and Texan freedom fighters forced Santa Anna to surrender and turn back south, with his tail between his legs. On Cinco de Mayo, Mexican forces successfully repelled a French invasion. General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza defeated the forces of Napoleon III and Maximillian at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It wasn’t until five years later that the French were completely defeated and expelled. The Battle of Puebla is regarded as the turning point in the battles.

The French didn’t make such an attempt against the United States, at least not since the French and Indian War that set up many revolutionary heroes such as George Washington. During Napoleon’s attempted conquest of Europe, he sold a rather sizable plot of real estate to the US. It was called the “Louisiana Purchase” and was one of  Thomas Jefferson’s hardest decisions. The French efforts in Mexico, South, and Central Americas were alleged to be an effort to weaken US interests in the Western Hemisphere. However, their actions and history demonstrate the effort was more a conquest than an attempt to put a leash on the US.

A few weeks ago, Texas celebrated “Fiesta”, an annual celebration of the state’s fight for independence. The war began in Gonzalez, Texas with the fated words “come and take it”. The words were a challenge for Santa Anna’s forces to attempt to confiscate the town’s lone canon. The fight eventually led to the Alamo where several heroes including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie fell, giving their last breaths to the fight for liberty. Santa Anna surrendered at the Battle of Jacinto. Fiesta celebrates these key battles, ending with the “Battle of Flowers”, a memorial day to remember the heroes of that war.

Yet “Fiesta” is not celebrated throughout all of Texas. The festival occurs mostly in San Antonio. The fact that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the US than “Fiesta” is sad. Cinco de Mayo has little to do with the US or American culture. It is somewhat regarded as similar to Saint Patrick’s Day, celebrating an ethnic subculture. But days of higher historical significance remain ignored in the process. It’s rare to see a Saint Joseph’s Day parade to celebrate Polish or Italian ethnic subcultures.

On May first, some celebrate “May Day”, a day hijacked by Soviets and Marxists. The ancient celebration involving the May pole is called Beltane. It is an ancient druid holy day that dates back a few thousand years before the birth of Christ. Various Indo-European subcultures, including the Romans, Celts, Irish, Gauls, Teutons, and Norse, celebrate the flowers of spring and fertility of the growing season during the first week of May. However, Soviets and Marxists stole the day as the communist version of “Labor Day”, making it a secular and mostly atheistic event.

That brings up another celebration of Cinco de Mayo. May fifth is also Karl Marx’s birthday. Marx’s communist/socialist ideology was borrowed by Adolph Hitler in setting up the Third Reich, though he publicly lambasted “communism”. National Socialism and Italian Fascism borrow heavily from the “worker’s democracy” that demanded a state-run economy that pushed income equality. Marx’s ideology led to the Holocaust as well as decades of oppression in the former Warsaw Pact countries.  Marx’s birthday is not cause for celebration in the United States.

Those revelers celebrating Cinco de Mayo need to understand today’s actual history. The celebration should be one of American Culture, also known as the “melting pot culture”. It is not a celebration of diversity, but one of inclusion. It should be celebrated to spite Marx and his cult of oligarchs. In doing so, celebrate the inclusiveness of American Culture and rejoice in our constitutionally protected religious liberty that allows those who practice the ancient faiths of  Indo-European origins as well. Celebrate the things that the Marxists, Socialists, Oligarchs and Soviets oppressed.