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History of Mexico, Intro.

Writing a history of Mexico is much like telling a never ending war story of defeat, heroism, romance and perseverance. It is ironic that many Mexican nationals constantly accuse the United States citizens of being violent and warmongering, since since its declaration of independence in 1810, the Estados Unidos Mexicanos has been in a constant state of war. Beginning with the Grito de Dolores in the early morning of September 16th 1810, through the institution of the First Mexican Empire, the emergence of a war torn Republic, a Second Empire and a violent civil war that ended with the restoration of the Republic, the history of Mexico has been bathed in blood. It is likewise amusing that the only period of civil peace and prosperity is the history of Mexico before the latter half of the 20th century is also the most hated by Mexican nationals: El Porfiriato. Naturally, not all of the wars fought by Mexicans have been civil, the Mexican nation has survived, by sheer luck, an American Invasion, a few short lived European interventions and a major French Intervention. Mexico’s last foreign armed conflict was World War II, and her contribution was purely aerial.

 

Part of the origin of this constant turmoil is perhaps the very nature of Mexico’s two faced populace: a strong group of Liberals who have always been ahead of their times, and a large group of Conservatives, who until the 1870’s, still advocated the restoration of a Monarchy. The Liberal policies of religious freedom, disenfranchisement of clergy members and the abolition of slavery led to devastating Christian Uprisings, Texan Secession and European Intervention. While the policies of the Conservatives led to violent secessionist movements, a perpetual state of indigenous uprisings, and brought in a short lived Second Mexican Empire.

 

This old political turmoil has bled into modern day society and politics, unfortunately, the liberalism of Mexico has become the watered down liberalism of the socialist left and the conservative movement has largely gravitated towards a Christian form of conservatism that begins to resemble the Right of the United States. However, two of the three main political parties of Mexico are largely centrist, with only hints of either Left or Right. Among this political arena, Mexico is also currently involved in a new civil war, one between the Government and the Drug Cartels, a civil war that only appears to intensify.

 

A history of Mexico in that country is traditionally a collection of veneration to men who died by firing squad and by sword, and a collection of boos to men who did likewise. Usually, the latter is reserved for the Conservatives. A Mexican history of Mexico serves only the purpose of glorifying and to stroke the Mexican Ego. I intend to cast a wider lens, to portray the Mexican War of Independence against the internal conflict of Spain, the Institution of the Second Mexican Empire as it impacted the Austrians and the French and how this ‘blemish’ ultimately served to reinforce and grant victory to the Liberals. This view will strike at much beloved Mexican traditions and beliefs, and the patriotic version of history that is popular and unquestioned in Mexico.

 

Ultimately, this is not as much a history of the people of Mexico, but of her wars and the political ideas that have managed to sustain a two hundred year old experiment of civil unrest and perplexing prosperity and progress.

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Nikki Giovanni Poems for ENG 242

The Lion In Daniel’s Den (by Nikki Giovanni)

on the road to damascus

to slay the christians

saul saw the light

and was blinded by that light

and looked into the Darkness

and embraced that Darkness

and saul arose from the great white way

saying “I Am Paul

who would slay you

but i saw the Darkness

and i am that Darkness”

then he raised his voice

singing red black and green songs

saying “I am the lion

in daniel’s den

I am the lion thrown to slaughter”

 

do not fear the lion

for he is us

and we are all

in daniel’s den.

 

Kidnap Poem

ever been kidnapped
by a poet
if i were a poet
i’d kidnap you
put you in my phrases and meter
you to jones beach
or maybe coney island
or maybe just to my house
lyric you in lilacs
dash you in the rain
blend into the beach
to complement my see
play the lyre for you
ode you with my love song
anything to win you
wrap you in the red Black green
show you off to mama
yeah if i were a poet i’d kid
nap you

 

Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can’t catch me

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
jesus
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

I mean…I…can fly
like a bird in the sky…

 

Poem For Unwed Mothers (to be sung to “The Old F.U. Spirit”)

It was good enough for the virgin mary

It was good enough for mary

It was good for the virgin mary

It’s good enough for me

 

Chorus.

The Amazing Atheist

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Return to Blogging

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in a very long while, and not like I used to post, almost every day. I have a few reasons for this, one of them being that I was not in a writing kind of mood. So many things have happened between my obsessive write a post a day times of Heroes season 3 and June of two-fucking thousand nine.

Several things contributed to this lack of blogging: I finally sat my fat ass down and read Atlas Shrugged. One of my best friends left me, and that hurt. I have been writing back-story and outlines for Blue Willow, which is now a writing project that is a year old. I’ve been reading too much philosophy and the new Anita Blake book came out. Etc, etc. Other things that were good is that Gay marriage is legal in six states (count them SIX!! Of course gay marriage is still banned in 40, count them 40!!) And Barack Obama is delightfully ignoring the gay rights people, and not half as much as should have been already done for the environment is being done. One thing that has been taking up way too much of my time is watching the videos of TJ The Amazing Atheist on YouTube to who I will link and have a video of, just to get your attention.

Also, I have been practicing Neutral Jin on the matter of gay rights, watching from the sidelines and doing nothing much. However, I read one personal account by a Mormon that has changed that attitude, she presented a very flawed, pathetic and basically bullshit reason for not supporting gay marriage. And I there is something that I hate is flawed reasoning and hypocrisy, so I will address that as well. So I have a list of things that I have to write about:

Friendship and preconditions for it.

Views on Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged.

Gay Marriage.

Mormons General Politics, with emphasis on the economy and Human Rights and the environment.

And that is all for now.

Bible, From Genesis to Revelation.

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OK, so in about 24 hours, it will be my twenty first birthday, and i had to share that.

Anyway. i have decided to read the Bible from Page one of Genesis to the last Amen of the Revelations, including the Apocrypha, again. Because i found my Bible knowledge slipping just a little. And that bothers me, no Christian should be able to out quote me, its just not right at all. Now don’t worry i won’t actually believe any of it, its mostly for entertainment purposes, but i wanted to share this little journey into the Hebrew and Christian Bibles with me. After this maybe i should read the Book of Mormon. Maybe the Quran too. But for now I will begin with the Hebrew Bible.

Next stop: Genesis.

Wish me luck!!

Gay Marriage in two States.

I am celebrating. These past seven days have been amazing when it comes to gay rights.
Sweden, an already liberal country, moved forward and legalized gay marriage, adding themselves to a growing list of countries whose civil, human and equal rights are further ahead than us at the USA. America is quickly losing its claim as the best country in the world, and very much losing its authority in the world. Well, partially, this week, Vermont and Iowa legalized gay marriage as well. Iowa came as a shock, but Vermont I kind of expected, even though I was actually worried for a while, especially after the governor vetoed the bill. But this morning when I saw a gay marriage alert in my e-mail inbox, I was exited after I read it; of course I saw a whole list of annoying conservative posts (some on blogs) on the conservative websites, like the ever amusing Americans for Truth, and a few others. After I read through those and laughed at them I needed up being very happy.

Nature vs Nurture

One thing i have to say: there is no such thing.

One depends on the other and they equally share in the responsability of everything.

I may elaborate later.