Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Annex Mexico

Widely debated before the 1848 Mexican-American War, the All of Mexico Movement advocated the annexation of Mexico in its entirety. The proposition was seen as a real possibility because of the war. After thousands of American volunteers had entered Mexico and began sending letters home.

The volunteer soldiers told the folks back home that annexing Mexico would be disastrous. The social, political, and religious sensibilities and traditions between America and Mexico were so different as to make assimilation and melding of the two cultures all but impossible. The idea and the movement soon lost favor and President James Polk eventually rejected the informal proposal.

The idea was broached once again during the American Civil War when information was obtained that France, which was then in possession of Mexico, intended to use the strife between the States as an opportunity to obtain territory north of the Rio Grande. President Lincoln postponed any such action saying, "One war at a time." He didn't entirely close the door.

With the modern day illegal influx of Mexicans into the United States, perhaps it's time to open that door. Many Mexican nationals are working today for the elimination of borders from Hudson Bay to Costa Rica. This "Reconquesta" may only be a figment of the imagination, but one cannot deny that 10% of the Mexican population currently lives and works in the US. From the American point of view, it might be in the best interest of the US to annex Mexico before the US is swallowed-up by millions more Mexican nationals.

Time to Annex Mexico!
By Alan Caruba
June 13, 2007

Since we obviously cannot safeguard our border with Mexico, why not just annex Mexico? Let's declare Mexico a protectorate of the United States and set about governing it in a benevolent, but self-interested way. In time, we could incorporate it as several new States.

The current illegal flow of Mexicans and Central Americans to the United States constitutes the largest diaspora in modern history. An estimated 10 percent of Mexico's population of more than 107 million people is now living in the United States. About 15 percent of Mexico's labor force is working in the United States, and one in every seven Mexican workers migrates to the United States.

The immediate benefits of annexation are obvious. Mexico's oil industry is its largest provider of revenue, but is very poorly managed. Its vast revenues are not benefiting the Mexican people - who clearly feel compelled to emigrate to the United States. The Mexican government relies on oil income because its national tax evasion rate is more than 40 percent.

Given America's growing need for oil, annexing Mexico and denationalizing its oil industry would permit the investment necessary to upgrade it, while providing less reliance on foreign sources in the turbulent Middle East or Venezuela.

The second largest source of income for Mexico is the remittances Mexicans who are illegally in the United States send home. It is currently estimated at between $23 and $25 billion. That is equal to the foreign aid the United States annually provides to the entire world. It is nearly equal to what Mexico's oil industry generates every year.

It is U.S. money that is literally going South while native-born and naturalized Americans are required to fund our education and health systems that provide free care for illegal Mexicans and their families, a vast number of whom qualify for welfare as well. The U.S. is literally importing poverty. Economist Robert J. Samuelson has noted that, "the ranks of the poor are constantly replenished. Since 1980, the number of Hispanics with incomes below the government's poverty line (about $19,300 in 2004 for a family of four) has risen 162 percent."

Meanwhile, a June 2004 agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that is waiting for President Bush's signature would literally bankrupt the Social Security system if approved by Congress. The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexicans to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund.

A study by the United Nations Population Fund concluded that remittances to Mexico are, in fact, not helping that nation's economy. The money is primarily spent on groceries and other daily expenses. A study by the Banco de Mexico, its central bank, came to the same conclusion, noting that reliance on remittances was itself a cause of poverty, since it provides fewer incentives to seek other sources of income.

By annexing Mexico and encouraging American business and industry to expand there, creating new jobs, improving that nation's prosperity, Mexicans would have less need to relocate in America. Even a Mexican government spokesman, addressing a press conference in January 2006, acknowledged that many of the illegals are actually seeking "a better condition of life, despite the fact that they had work here."

Then there's the issue of crime. Mexico is a major corridor for the drug cartels that feed the addictions of American citizens. The cartels are violent and have corrupted the governance of Mexico at all levels. By annexing Mexico, we can more effectively battle this pernicious enemy that already threatens the peace of many Southwestern cities and communities.

There is the language problem and, frankly, English will have to become a mandatory second language for Mexicans if they insist on coming to America to work or live here. Many Americans throughout the Southwest have had to learn Spanish just to converse with their neighbors and to conduct business. For generations, Puerto Ricans have routinely learned and used both languages.

Will we allow Mexicans to vote in American elections? Yes, but only when they become Americans! Initially we would need a long period of assimilation and acceptance of American values, in the same fashion we currently mandate for those seeking citizenship through our naturalization process.

American laws and jurisdiction to facilitate trade, guarantee the rights of their citizens, and initiate a crackdown on the drug cartels that threaten the police, the courts, and other Mexican leaders would replace current Mexican laws.

There is more than a bit of arrogance for thousands of Mexicans, illegal aliens, to march in the streets of American cities demanding that we grant them privileges equal to Americans, without the responsibilities of citizenship, i.e., paying taxes and obeying our laws.

The greatest benefit of annexation is that America would avoid becoming a de facto Third World nation.

Mexico would not cease to exist. It would become a functioning element of an expanded United States of America. Mexican-Americans would enjoy the full benefits of citizenship while retaining their unique history and culture. In the past, America has achieved this with millions of former Irish, Italian, Russian, German, and other nationalities.

Mexico as a separate nation on our Southern border threatens our sovereignty by virtue of openly and deliberately encouraging millions of its citizens to ignore our laws, enter our nation illegally, and benefit from our economy.

Mexico as a protectorate and, eventually, a part of America, is a realistic, rational solution. Mexicans are here already. Let's make them Americans who will want to live in the former nation of Mexico.

Impossible, you say? Probably yes, and, in truth, I am content to let Mexico be Mexico, but if you have begun to see how impossible it is for the United States to continue absorbing millions of illegal immigrants, then you will understand why the defeat of the immigration "reform" legislation is a victory for the sovereignty and security of the United States.
The alternatives are the current comprehensive immigration bill, "No Illegal Alien Criminal Left Behind", "It's Not an Amnesty - Amnesty", before the Senate again this week, surrendering our sovereignty to an inferior government, or deportation of millions of foreign nationals. All of the options are viable and deportation has been done before. Can we realistically deport millions again? Deportación. Sí, se puede!

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Timothy said...

Hhm? I like the idea... but not sure they would like it. You know that this means we are going to be called imperialists! (I've always wondered why this is bad, if those being the imperialists are benevolent and bring a better life to those being imperialized.)

Mike's America said...

Indigo: Have you lost your mind?

Think about how many Democrats would be elected to both the House and Senate if we annexed Mexico?

No thanks!

This is the same impulse of the folks who want a unity of North America as one large country. It would mean nothing but putting the shackles on the American way of life to fund a socialist playground in both Mexico and Canada.

dcat said...

Yep I was waiting for that statement Mike.

I am not about to share what I have put away for myself!!! DAMN IT!

Down with socialism!

Make them all stay in their own damn yard!

Indigo Red said...

I'm insulted, Mike. I in no way support unification that involves Canada!

But seriously, folks...

You're right, Tim. Imperialism generally brings a superior standard of living to the newly acquired states and peoples. Imperial Rome through Imperial France and Imperial Japan all furnished the subjects with better lives, at least for those that survived the brutality of the overseers.

American Imperialism has been remarkably benign despite the biased judgements of leftist university instructors. How many other imperial powers have returned sovereignty to the conquered nation then rented space for 99 years to suuport military bases as we did in the Philipines?

Mike, as unappetizing as annexation of Mexico is, I grudgingly find the prospect more appealing than annexation BY Mexico. Facing facts, America cannot comtinue long in its current physical configuration.

Absolute control of borders or anything else is anathema to the philosophy of a free society. The best chance for America to survive as a political entity is to draw upon the strength of America the Idea. American ideals are what the Founders fought to establish and subsequent generations have fought to uphold.

I care not one bit whether the American border is at the Rio Grande or farther north or south. As long as the freedoms and liberties established here first among the nations of the world, survive beyond my life and well into the future of the Earth. If a one world government does come to pass, I would want it to be based upon American ideals of liberty and commerce, rather than any other set of ideals.

That is what the current wars are about - which ideals are best suited to secure the blessings of liberty and peace - ours, or those of Islam, or Communism, or some other form not yet envisioned.

Mike's America said...

OK... so you HAVE lost your mind!

I'm sure you saw this poster from the last election:


Mexico united with Texas in an appeal for DEMOCRAT votes!

No thanks... Let's build the border fence and add a minefield to it.

dcat said...

a Zap away would work and no remains.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was my idea. I made an American Flag with 82 stars and presented it to Glen Beck at a book signing and he seemed to think it was a great idea. I told my Mexican American co-workers the idea and they want me to run for President. Illegal Mexicans would instantly be Americans and the lure would be reversed where US citizens could buy land and invest or start businesses and live.
An intermediate cure for reversing the influx humanely is to pass the Maximum Wage Law which would limit pay for workers who could not prove legal status to $5.00 per hour for a year then $4.00 the next and so on. This would not require people to jump fences to steal goods to stay alive. The word would get down to those attracted to the border and discourage them while employers would gladly obey the Law.
I don't believe these people would go Democrat if annexed because they would feel freedom and want to live instead of being kept.

Indigo Red said...

Fabulous ideas, Anonymous! I really like the Maximum Wage Law. That would by itdself solve much of the problem.