Monday, July 04, 2011

Cuatro de Julio

It’s easy to forget, with our half-trillion dollar military budget, aggressive foreign policy, and the rocket’ red glare/bombs bursting in air/God bless the troops cheerleading that dominates our Fourth of July festivities, but America’s national day is in fact a commemoration of a well-crafted and carefully-reasoned piece of writing composed by an intellectual, eastern establishment elitist. We don’t know for sure if Jefferson ever held a gun in his life (we tend to doubt it), but we do know that the one time he was directly threatened militarily, he took the opportunity to indulge his love of equestrian sports, and then moved to France.

It’s fun to compare the Declaration of Independence to the Grito de Dolores – the focus of Mexico’s national day, Sept 15. One is a meticulously constructed point-by-point airing of grievances against the King, debated and edited by a committee of learned men, justifying a protracted war that almost all of the document’s signatories would survive. The other was a passionate but hastily-arranged cry for vengeance and death that no one in attendance thought to write down, delivered by a man whose severed head would be on public display within months. Does one of these feel a little more, um…Mexican than the other?

Anyway, it's a national holiday in the US, so of course we have to work, so we'll just leave you with the statistic of the day: Mexico is the largest foreign market for American flags, accounting for more than half America's exports of Old Glory. It's nice to know we send them something besides guns.

3 comments:

Crazy Rita said...

To borrow your words, this was a well-crafted and a carefully-reasoned piece of writing composed by an intellectual. And, for once, no sarcasm intended. Well done!

Burro Hall said...

*blush*

You forgot "establishment elitist," though.

Crazy Rita said...

Sorry. I missed copying the most important part. It won't happen again.