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Mexicans never forget who their friends are

Editor:

So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor the day as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor Mexican Army of 8,000 at Pueblo Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on the morning of May 5, 1862.

When the battle was over; many French were killed or wounded and their cavalry was being chased by Diaz’s Union forces who were then rushed to the Texas/Mexico border under General Phil Sheridan. Gen. Sheridan made sure that the Mexicans got all of the weapons and ammunition they needed to expel the French. American soldiers were discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to join the Mexican Army to fight the French. The American Foreign Legion of Honor marched in a victory Parade in Mexico City.

It might be a historical stretch to credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 Mexicans who faced an army as large in 1862. But who knows?

In gratitude, thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S. Armed Forces. As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American consulates with phone calls, trying to join up and fight another war for America.

Mexicans, you see, never forger who their friends are and neither do Americans. That’s why Cinco de Mayo is such a party — a party that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are two ideals that Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the fifth of May, 1862. Viva! El Cinco De Mayo, Viva freedom!

Carl Campio

Clarkdale

The meaning of Liberals

Editor:

Kathleen Chaney, responding to my letter suggesting that she didn’t have a clue what was meant by the idea that John Kerry should choose Jane Fonda as his vice president, says she did have a clue.

However, her clue that Kerry is a liberal didn’t bother her. What frightened her were conservatives. Well, that’s understandable. Conservatives are very frightening—especially to liberal ideas.

For those who don’t have a clue — conservatives are those quaint, archaic people who think that throwing money at every problem isn’t a solution. Conservatives even believe that dedication to The Golden Rule, morality, The Constitution of the United States, industriousness, and thrift would solve most of the country’s problems. I mean, really, how old-fashioned, how politically incorrect can you get?

I don’t know from where liberals inhaled their ideas. But what those ideas are is well documented. We the People summarized them quite succinctly as follows:

Liberal government spending, higher debt and higher taxes.

International World Government over the United States.

Bureaucratic controls over our private lives.

Egalitarianism (A Socialistic effort to make every one eonomically equal).

Recognition of (totalitarian) governments and appeasement of the enemy.

Abolition of the U.S. Constitution and our Free Enterprise system.

Left-wing legislation toward Socialism.

My best friend, a liberal, says the back-and-forth letters Kathleen Chaney and I are writing are boring. She’s probably right. She says we should stop writing them. I think we should take her advice.

Arden Druce

Camp Verde

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