Fake New Holidays Won`t Help America

If you`re like most Americans, you probably have not
yet recovered from the surfeit of self-indulgence you
enjoyed on

Cinco de Mayo
, the fifth of May, which seems to be
the nation`s

newest holiday
and one almost intentionally designed
to remind us that we are not really a nation anymore at

Of course in reality the vast majority of Americans
totally ignore Cinco de Mayo and don`t even known it
took place, contrary to what a Washington Post
headline claimed last week:

"Cinco de Mayo Isn`t Just For Mexicans Anymore."

What the Post meant was that business has
discovered the holiday, which celebrates a fairly
obscure Mexican military victory over a French army on
May 5, 1862. Mexican food, Mexican beer, Mexican
costumes and Mexican music are now big enchiladas in
this country, as are Mexican voters, which is why
President Bush every year gushes over

Cinco de Mayo
far more than he does over such fading
fiestas as

Washington`s Birthday.

Whatever else the new holiday commemorates, Cinco de
Mayo reminds us of things that ought to be important for
the real Americans whose nation is slowly vanishing
along with the public celebration of their own heroes
and achievements.

One item it should remind us of is that it gives the
lie to the claim that we are really a universal nation
or a "proposition
," as certain misinformed

erroneously claim.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of a particular
heritage of a particular people—Mexicans—which is why it
shouldn`t be celebrated publicly in this country. Like
all national holidays, it glories in the particular—in
this battle, on this date, our army defeated their army.
Just as

"The Star-Spangled Banner"
commemorates a
particular and real, though fairly obscure, event—the
defense of Fort McHenry against the British in the War
of 1812—so every nation and people celebrates its own
identity in its own way.

Yet that rather obvious lesson seems to be lost on
Mr. Bush, who not only spouted off about Cinco de Mayo
in a statement

the "vibrant culture" of the Mexicans who
have invited themselves here and "enriched our
society and contributed to the diversity that makes our
nation strong"
but also, a few days earlier,

May 1 to be "Loyalty Day."

"Loyalty Day" is

not new
and has been


at least
the last two years as well, but I confess
I`d never heard of it until now. For me as with most
other Americans, every day is Loyalty Day, but then,

mass immigration
and political leaders who see
nothing wrong in dragging this country into war on
behalf of

other countries
, maybe there`s a need for it.

In any case, Mr. Bush appears to have quite missed
the point of what he proclaimed.

"To be an American is not a matter of blood or
the First Citizen gushed. "Our citizens
are bound by ideals that represent the hope of all
mankind.¦ On Loyalty Day, we reaffirm our allegiance to
our country and resolve to uphold the vision of our

not quite.

"Our Forefathers," meaning the white guys who
actually fought the War for Independence and wrote the
defining political documents of the nation, did not
believe they were, should be or could be a "universal
John Jay in

Federalist No. 2
wrote of the "one united people,
a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the
same language, professing the same religion, attached to
the same principles of government, very similar in their
manners and customs,"
without whom a common, let
alone a free, government could not have existed.

No one then thought that Asians, Arabs, Africans or
even most Europeans were capable of stable and free
republican government.

There was no evidence for it then, and there`s none

What they were creating in the 1780s and `90s in this
country was anything but universal.

As for being an American, of course it`s a matter of
blood and birth. If it were merely the watery
abstractions the president invokes, the nation itself
would be meaningless. In so far as those ideals do
inform our nationhood, they are meaningless apart from
the particularities of place, race and culture that give
them meaning.

That`s why in places like North Korea and Iraq they
remain meaningless.

There is no reason why real Americans should pay any
attention to Cinco de Mayo or indeed to the silly
"Loyalty Day"
Mr. Bush is peddling.

Remembering who we as a people and a nation really
are and how we really came to be ought to give us enough
reasons to celebrate and remain loyal without adopting
somebody else`s holidays – and making up others that no
one even knows exist.



[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

Americans For Immigration Control