The Mexican American war today

Today, 170 years later, most Mexicans still harbor a grudge against America for losing the war of 1846. Many Mexicans consider the southwest U.S. stolen Mexican land, believing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was too harsh. So the real issue today is this: Even if Mexico is 100% to blame for starting both wars - which they were - did the US have the right to take almost half of Mexico’s territory? The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES!! Here’s why:

Mexico was determined to conquer Texas and was looking for an excuse to start this war because they were certain they could defeat the US. But Mexico lost every major battle. To have beaten Mexico as badly as we did, conquered most of their country including the capital city, and then told them they must accept Texas as part of the US, which it already was, and then retreated back to the U.S. without Mexico suffering any consequences would not have been fair to us. This would have been an unforgivable disgrace to the men who died and the rest who went through hell to attain victory. 

Now put yourself in Mexico’s shoes. Your army has been repeatedly defeated, nearly the entire country has been conquered, and the consequences are - nothing!! Just be nice and don’t threaten Texas again! In a machismo society like Mexico, would they sit back and say ‘OK’ or would Mexico think we Americans are unbelievably gullible. Mexico would hold Americans in contempt for conquering their country and not making them pay a price for their warmongering. Mexico would realize that there is no price to pay for aggression. The reality is that once Mexico attacked the US, losing the land north of the Rio Grande became necessary to repay the US for the cost of the war in blood and money and to repay US citizens for monetary damages Mexico had refused to pay.

If the US could change history, what could we change so Mexico would love us today? If we only kept Texas and didn‘t take California and New Mexico, would Mexico still hate us for keeping Texas? Absolutely yes. If we gave Texas to Mexico, would they love us? No, Mexico would still be bashing America and sending in drugs and illegal aliens throughout the country. Giving Texas and the southwest US to Mexico would gain us nothing. Why?

In 1494, The Treaty of Tordesillas was signed by Spain and Portugal which gave Portugal Brazil and Spain the rest of the New World. This treaty ignored all the other European powers and they ignored the treaty. The mind set this treaty produced is why many Spanish illegally enter the US with the intentions of dominating the country, rather then assimilating. This can  be PROVEN by the statements and actions of hispanic ‘civil rights’ racists since WW2. 

Reies Tijerina, a very influential Hispanic racist from the 1950s til his death in 2015, referenced the Treaty of Tordesillas to justify forcing all Anglos to move back to Europe.(131) 

Mario Obledo, a co-founder of MALDEF declared “They (white people) ought to go back to Europe."(132) 

Augustin Cebada, information Minister of the Brown Berets, a terrorist group similar to Hitler’s ‘Brown Shirts’ in the 1930s declared; “You old white people, it is your duty to die. They’re taking up too much space, too much air. . .” “We are already controlling those elections, whether it’s through violence or non-violence”(133) 

Jose Angel Gutierrez, ‘professor’ at the University of Texas at Arlington and a founder of La Raza Unida: “We cannot, we will not, and we must not be made illegal in our own homeland. We are not im-mi-grants that came from another country to another country; we are migrants, free to travel the length and breadth of the Americas because we belong here. We are millions. We just have to survive. We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. It's a matter of time. [laughter] The explosion is in our population.”(134)

Mexico lost additional territories!!

Texas was NOT the first state to secede from Mexico. Because of the dysfunctional state of Mexican politics - and only 2 years after independence, five states in central America declared themselves independent from Mexico: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Central Americans chafed at Mexican rule, and there were several battles with Mexican forces. On July 1, 1823, the United Provinces of Central America was founded. But infighting and wars resulted in the Union falling apart in 1838. The five provinces became independent nations. So why hasn’t Mexico made an issue out of this over the past 190 years? It’s because they are fellow Spanish, whereas the northern territories came under control of Anglo Americans. 

Because Mexico’s government was so dysfunctional, Mexico deserved to lose Texas forever just like they lost Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica forever. Losing the southwest US was the consequences of going to war against the US.

We should also keep in mind that Mexico (actually Santa Anna) DID sell the US the land that became known as the Gadsden territory in 1854 - only 6 years after the end of the Mexican American War. Mexico was broke (again) and Santa Anna needed money to pay his army to put down ongoing rebellions and maintain his extravagant lifestyle. Santa Anna agreed to sell 45,000 square miles south of the New Mexico territory for $15 million. The U.S. Senate reduced the land purchased to 29,670 square miles and paid Santa Anna $10 million. Santa Anna signed the revised treaty on June 8, 1854.(126) The deal was so unpopular in Mexico that Santa Anna was removed from office and banished.

Mexicans also need to learn that the southwest US does NOT historically belong to Mexico - it historically belongs to the Indians. The Spanish stole this land from the Indians. Had Mexico not started a war with the US, Mexico wouldn’t have lost the southwest US, or if they did, there could be no denying that the US stole it.

Not acquiring these lands (Texas, N Mexico and California) would have been devastating to the US and the free world. The US would be weaker military, economically and with a smaller population. In fact, the US might not have been powerful enough to have won WWII or the Cold War. Since Mexico mostly sat out the Cold War and World War II, this land would not have been any help in saving the free world. 

The southwest US was vital in making the US a powerful nation. The US can’t be replaced as the defender of the free world. Mexico could NEVER have filled our shoes. They were too big. So was it Manifest Destiny for the US to acquire these lands, so the US could save democracy in the world a century later??? .

What if Mexico had kept the northern territories?

Most Mexicans believe that if they had kept ownership of the land north of the Rio Grande - Texas, California and New Mexico, these areas would be economically prosperous like they are now. This is delusional thinking. These areas became prosperous because they belong to the US, not Mexico. Had these lands stayed under the control of Mexico, they would not have helped Mexico prosper. This part of Mexico would be as dysfunctional as the rest of Mexico. All that would change is that constant revolutions, widespread poverty, a disastrous economic system, bad health care, poor education, political turmoil and murderous drug cartels would be in a country twice as large as it is now. Even more illegal immigrants from Mexico would be coming into our considerably smaller country for jobs. 

Spain really didn’t know what to do with all this land. Not content with having seized most Caribbean Islands, Central America and South America (except for Brazil), Spain also wanted North America too but the Spanish didn’t have enough people to populate all this land. Over 99% of the Mexican population lived on land south of the Rio Grande and less than 1% lived north of the Rio Grande. The government had to manipulate people to move into these areas. As mentioned earlier, in the rush to claim land in the New World, if you didn’t have people to settle the land you claimed, your claims were open to challenge. Mexico had virtually no immigration and no hopes of attracting immigrants, which is why they invited Americans to settle Texas in the first place.

And there is additional proof that the US wasn’t out to merely steal land from other countries. During Polk’s presidency, there was a dispute with England over the Oregon territory.  Some Americans wanted all of the territory - “54 40 or fight” was the slogan.  But Polk and England settled the dispute by making the boundary at the 49th parallel.  The US thus gave up claims to about half the Oregon Territory - a huge amount of land.

Where do we go from here?
 
Mexicans who come to the US have two choices: 

1) The first choice is for Mexicans who come to the US to embrace America, her history and traditions. The attitude of immigrants from Mexico should be the same as immigrants from any other country - you’re proud of your ancestry but your loyalty is now totally to America. America is your native country. No other country has accomplished what the US has - which is why you are here. You are an American and should feel proud waving the American flag and celebrating July 4th. 

2) The second choice is for Mexicans to come to the US as invaders, which must be confronted and defeated.

The US and Mexico will NEVER have a good relationship until Mexico stops holding a grudge for a situation they created. Mexican Americans who live in America and proclaim loyalty to Mexico don’t deserve to live in the US. And it’s time to end the pity party for Mexico. 

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