In 2006, I launched a line of merchandise emblazoned with the words, “CINCO DE MUSTARD,” as part of a tongue-in-cheek effort to bring more public attention to the issue of illegal immigration. In short, I was using humor to call for Americans — especially owners of restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues planning for the 5th of May holiday known as Cinco De Mayo — to consider an alternative to the celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.
Today, I continue the effort in a more-serious tone as the Obama Administration appears to be on the verge of addressing the immigration issue and, many fear, granting amnesty to as many as 30 million illegal immigrants during an election year. It’s time to suspend Cinco De Mayo celebrations until the Mexican government cleans up its act and gets control of the drug cartels running rampant, especially along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Why does CINCO DE MUSTARD deserve consideration? It’s not because the United States is one of the world’s leading producers of mustard and is home to the world-famous Mustard Museum located in downtown Mount Horeb, Wisc. Far from it! Instead, it’s because the lawlessness and violence taking place on a daily basis across our southern border is not worthy of celebration for several reasons.
Just this morning, the Wall Street Journal reported that drug-related violence erupted this weekend in several parts of Mexico, claiming both American and Mexican lives and undermining the efforts of both countries’ governments to quell an escalating war among the region’s powerful drug cartels. Further, the paper said three Saturday killings in Ciudad Juárez brought to more than 400 the number of people killed in the American expatriate community this year.
When will we say we’ve had enough? Join me in spreading the word about CINCO DE MUSTARD: It’s time to draw the line and stop celebrating Mexican culture and heritage May 5 until the Mexican government cleans up its act. CELEBRATE CINCO DE MUSTARD INSTEAD!