What do we celebrate?

What a nation celebrates, tells us a lot about that nation. What does it tell us about a nation if it celebrates the birthday of a man who held the view that apes are its ancestors and that they exist because they were just better killers in the eternal struggle of survival?

An interesting example is Muir Woods, a few miles from San Francisco. They have Red wood trees there, and there used to be signs like this, showing at once the age of the tree, and pivotal events:

We have the Battle of Hastings, the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independance. But apparantly visitors these days see signs like this:

Instead of celebrating the Battle of Hasting, the pivotal event in the 11th century is now the building of cliff dwellings by murderous, self-extinguishing cannibals in  a rock in Mesa Verde, Colorado.

Takuan Seiyo also supplies us with details on another event:

So that we don’t get our arrows confused, the way the U.S. Federal Government has, let us recall why the Aztecs began their construction of Tenochtitlan in 1325. Two years earlier, in 1323, these refugees, who had been welcomed and allowed to settle among the people of Culhuacan, and to intermarry and mingle with their hosts, had done something to celebrate their strength in diversity.

The Aztecs, or Mexica as they called themselves, asked the king of Culhuacan, Achicometl, for permission to make his daughter into their goddess. Their wish was granted. What the Culhuacan king didn’t know was the details of this “canonization.”

He would learn soon enough. At a feast celebrating the new goddess of the Aztecs, their priest appeared, wearing the flayed skin of Achicometl’s daughter. That is why the Aztecs had to flee the wrath of their hosts to an island on Lake Texcoco, where they began to build their city Tenochtitlan in 1325.

Now if this is what the United States Government wishes to celebrate, instead of one of the founding documents of Western Civilization and of its own Constitution, things have gone seriously awry. But that’s because the demographics have gone seriously awry.

What does 2.5 million look like?

According to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Mexican police have found 2.5 million dollars in a house where they also found 200 kilograms drugs:

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