Friday, May 05, 2006


A Day without tequilaCan America survive?

Today is May 5th, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo.

It’s a celebration for Mexico.

It’s a day beloved by Mexicans (and bar owners alike), who commonly mark the occasion by consuming mas quantities of tequila. For years, many Americans have participated joyously, showing their solidarity by embracing an excuse to get drunk, and an opportunity to wear cheap, straw sombreros.

In recognition of the immigrant protests that swept the nation on Monday, we’d like to propose having “A Day Without Tequila.” No march required. No cries for amnesty. No demands. You don’t have to take the day off from work. It’s more of a symbolic gesture.

Furthermore, it’ll send a message to the “leadership” of Mexico. El Presidente Vicente Fox, who does nothing to curb the illegal flow of immigrants across the border into the U.S., and in some ways is even complicit, may not like the economics of less consumption.

According to P.J. Stone: “[T]equila sales in the United States increase[d] more than 1,500 percent between 1975 and 1995 — making the US the world’s largest importer, accounting for 90 percent of all tequila exports. In fact, tequila is now the fastest growing spirits category in this country. Everyday, new brands are entering the marketplace — in 1998 alone, two dozen new brands of tequila appeared on the market.” The numbers today are even greater.

[Note: we were at Costco the other day and a bottle of Don Julio was priced at $80. At Costco! Ay-ya-yay!]

And because of tequila’s colorful history, including murder, exploitation of the poor, crime and international intrigue, boycotting the beverage is an issue even liberals might support.

Just as long as they don’t go there to protest in public because, unlike us dumb Yankees, Mexico doesn’t tolerate dissent from foreigners. And why should they. They’ve got enough problems to deal with, just like we do.

Immigration Debate Colors Cinco de Mayo
Toasting Tequila on Cinco de Mayo
Michelle Malkin: “Friday Fun”

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