Friday, May 05, 2006

Cinco de Mayo

A thirst for information led me to research why this has become such a festive day here in the US. After all the significance of this day could and should be compared to any of the battles that led up to the final battle of the "War between the States" for those of you that are government educated that would be the Civil War.

Before you get to harsh I realize the difference between the two. The Mexican army was trying to prevent an invading French force from occupying Mexico. The French invasion was done with numbers that should've assured victory however the fighting force that stopped the aggresion was ill equipped and not very well trained compared to the French troops. In modern day we only need to look back to the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan to see how some governments can mistake a determined bunch of people.

My question is WHY is this considered a day of festivities here in the U.S.?

Do we as Americans celebrate the following battles

1. Battle of Antietam

2. Battle of Gettysburg

3. Battle of Fredericksburg

4. Battle of Shiloh

No we don't however we as Americans celebrate the quest for and success of our independence from England. Not some battles that led up to the blessed event

Cinco de Mayo is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Althought the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest.

Cinco de Mayo's history has its roots in the French Occupation of Mexico. The French occupation took shape in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. With this war, Mexico entered a period of national crisis during the 1850's. Years of not only fighting the Americans but also a Civil War, had left Mexico devastated and bankrupt. On July 17, 1861, President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for a brief period of two years, with the promise that after this period, payments would resume.

The English, Spanish and French refused to allow president Juarez to do this, and instead decided to invade Mexico and get payments by whatever means necessary. The Spanish and English eventually withdrew, but the French refused to leave. Their intention was to create an Empire in Mexico under Napoleon III. Some have argued that the true French occupation was a response to growing American power and to the Monroe Doctrine (America for the Americans). Napoleon III believed that if the United States was allowed to prosper indescriminantly, it would eventually become a power in and of itself.

In 1862, the French army began its advance. Under General Ignacio Zaragoza, 5,000 ill-equipped Mestizo and Zapotec Indians defeated the French army in what came to be known as the "Batalla de Puebla" on the fifth of May.

In the United States, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to be known as simply "5 de Mayo" and unfortunately, many people wrongly equate it with Mexican Independence which was on September 16, 1810, nearly a fifty year difference. Over, the years Cinco de Mayo has become very commercialized and many people see this holiday as a time for fun and dance. Oddly enough, Cinco de Mayo has become more of Chicano holiday than a Mexican one. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on a much larger scale here in the United States than it is in Mexico. People of Mexican descent in the United States celebrate this significant day by having parades, mariachi music, folklorico dancing and other types of festive activities.

There really is no reason why this day should be celebrated here in the U.S. Maybe we should hold a celebration on September 16 which IS the DAY that Mexico achieved independence.

Tom Martz
candidate for the 139th HoR district

VOTE for a true change and someone that won't let personal feelings come between me and the Constitution.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Over the past several weeks this topic more then any other has captured the essence of the new media, the American public, the blogosphere, and the radio airwaves. I've been quite busy with political surveys in the recent couple of weeks so I haven't been able to make my position known.

I find nothing wrong with immigration, after all some where in my family tree there has to be some immigrants from either Germany or somewhere else within the continent of Europe.
I don't know how my relatives ended up here in the US of A, since I haven't NO way of following my family tree. I grew up in the foster care agencies so unknown parents tend to put a crimp in a family tree.

It is very possible but highly unlikely that they snuck into this nation. There is no common border with the european continent so one had to sail over here. The ports in those days were manned and generally one could work off there passage by performing labor duties on the ship.

The problem I have with the so-called "invasion" from the south, is that we as a nation have set laws on how to gain entry into the country, these laws need to be followed by one and all. As i see it our nation is a large melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities of people all trying to make better lives for ourselves. Is it to much to ask to follow a set of guidelines to not only gain entry into this country, but to also set standards for removal from this country if you snuck in through an unopened door?

The republicans and democrats are going to do anything about this issue, since they both think they benefit from it. The democrats think that Hispandering(a Neal Boortz term)will garner them votes at the polling booths which will finally allow them to garner back control of government. The republicans on the other hand see it as a way to continue to have large donations coming into the coffers by businesses which benefit from having a labor force which won't raise any issues regarding hiring practices or safety issues. The government on the other hand has massive amounts of cash following into the coffers which will never have to be recorded or shown on a balance sheet.

How would it look to have the same SS# collecting revenue by the thousands on an annual basis?

This is money that never has to be given back to the people from which it was taken from. No federal or state tax returns, no SSI benefits, and government can also show a need for entitlement expenditures. My how they have manipulated the general public into believing there is nothing that can be done to solve this issue.

I believe the solution is quite simple, any hispanic worker that wants to work here in the US of A and hasn't the means to pay his entry fee should be able to place their name on an employment list at the border. This database could be handled via an employment agency(private). Employers that need employees to work can submit a form that will allow these workers to gain an employment visa which will only be good for the duration of said project. If an employer should want to hire one of these individuals full time then between the worker and the employer all paperwork to gain citizenship can be filled out and submitted and streamlined so this system would benefit both the individual and the company.
The employer would also pay the employment agency for the hours worked and the employment agency would cut a check to the individual. This way all applicable taxes could be put in trust until the individual returns to his country of origin at the end of the employment visa at which time the money in trust would be returned to the worker. In this manner they wouldn't be paying for services or entitlements that they wouldn't have access to.

It is time that the federal government abides by the Constitution.

Vote 4 Tom
district 139