OK, I heard on some talking head show that at some time back in ancient history the USA had considered just Annexing Mexico. (Some war or other, or some such. We won, and the question was “what now?”).
So I thought I’d like to pick up a bit of history and decided to find out about this backwater of history.
One web search on “Annex Mexico” and I’m finding out it’s not just an artifact of long ago:
“1-10 of 6,700,000 results”
The United States Should Annex Mexico: An Illegal Immigrant Solution
T. Rawat, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Sep 17, 2006
It’s amazing to read of the billions of dollars poured into so-called Border Security with Mexico. Here we are, dumping copious amounts of cash into programs and technologies meant to keep out people who are truly following the American dream.
With the increasing amount of money being spent on border security with Mexico for a almost worthless cause, it makes perfect sense to try and annex Mexico. The last time the U.S. annexed a new land was in 1898 (Hawaii, Guam etc) so it’s about time we added to the U.S. holdings.
Besides, Mexican food and drink is tasty.
Oddly, I find myself giving the idea serious consideration…
End of the “Border war”. End of the “illegal alien” problem. Solves a chunk of the Social Security funding “issue” as we get a load of fresh blood into the Ponzi Scheme. Even can get a bunch of young Senoritas trained as nurses to take care of all us old geezers and solves the nursing shortage.
As we will get a load of folks “in the drug trade” inside our border and a load of folks who make a living in “related industries” voting: The “War On Drugs” would end suddenly and we’d save all that money too. The “balance of trade” would be improved markedly, and the USA could legalize the whole thing (thus ending the need for drug cartels and violence and bringing some peace to Mexico; at the same time turning many of our citizens from “criminals” into free citizens again).
Heck, we could likely become the major drug growing capital of the world. Talk about a Growth Industry!
California already wants to expand its production and “go legit”. It would be even easier with experience Mexican labor.
Looks to me like a big “win win”!
Might be a bit of trouble with the present government of Mexico. But if we leave all the present states of Mexico intact, their employees and Governors ought to be OK with it. Declare a “Mexican Administrative Zone” of the US Federal Government and put all the present Mexican Federal employees in that (keeping their President in charge) and we ought to be “good to go”.
Heck, a large part of the old folks in the USA would love to retire to Mexico anyway, and most of the kids want to go there to party on spring break anyhow.
We’ve got a giant flood of factories “just over the border”, so why not bring them “inside the border”? We’d need to have an exemption from US Labor Laws for some number of transition years. Maybe 10? 20? As the local economies adjusted.
The more I think about it, the more it “makes sense”… of a sort…
Heck, it would even make Puerto Rico feel more comfortable about being a Spanish Speaking part of the USA (kind of like Texas, Arizona, and California… don’t know about New Mexico… a lot of White Yuppies moved in there in the last few decades…)
Time to Annex Mexico!
South Orange, NJ
Friday, June 08, 2007
By Alan Caruba
Since we obviously cannot safeguard our border with Mexico, it seems to me the next best choice is to 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% of Mexico’s population of more than 107 million people is now living in the United States. About 15% 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%.
So there would be a bit of an “oil uplift” too…
Looks like there is even an active “petition” in favor of the idea:
Annex Mexico 28 Signatures
Published by Michael Pascuzzi on Aug 17, 2008
Target: United States Government
Region: MexicoShare now:
The United States is suffering from various economic problems and illegal immigration, problems which can easily be solved by the annexation of Mexico.
Mexico is a poor nation full of corruption and untapped resources. The result of our annexation would prove beneficial to both countries for the following reasons:
1. The US can tap oil and minerals to lower petroleum costs and fix our economy.
2. Mexicans would become US citizens and no longer have to sneak across the border for a better chance of life.
3. The US would have a much smaller border to defend.
4. Businesses would have their labor force.
5. A corrupt government would be erased and life would improve for the people of Mexico.
We, the undersigned, call on the United States Government to annex Mexico either by diplomatic or militaristic means.
Only 28 signatures so far, but you know, tiny acorns and all that… (Do they have oak trees in Mexico?… Maybe “tiny coconuts”… )
Even World Net Daily:
The case for annexing Mexico
Posted: August 23, 2005
By Erik Rush
I received some interesting responses to my last column, “The case for imperialism,” in which I suggested that the War on Terror could have been prevented by the continuation of colonialist policies as practiced by the U.S. and European powers in earlier centuries, as doing so would have made the West more culturally relevant to Third World peoples by acclimatizing them to Western concepts and values.
One of the surprising aspects regarding the feedback received was that most of it reflected agreement. Granted, the idea was a bit of a stretch – there were lots of qualifiers involved, something of a “What if Hitler had never been born?” kind of postulation.
Well, looks like he was angling for an even bigger reach… Maybe we ought to annex Panama too? Oh, wait, we already did that once… Well, you know what they say “Everything old is new again!”
Due to a variety of factors (including national security), issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border have been in the forefront of discussion for many months. The precise number of Mexicans entering the U.S. illegally each year is impossible to accurately determine, but estimates average out to about 1 million. The motivation for the majority of illegal immigrants from Mexico is, as we are all aware by now, primarily economic.
So, I say: Annex Mexico. Handsome bribes to Vicente Fox and his underlings would no doubt bring them around to thinking it an excellent idea. As a contingency, we could probably enlist the cooperation of key players in the Mexican military fairly cheaply. A poll released on Aug. 16, 2005, by the Pew Hispanic Center indicated that more than 40 percent of Mexican adults would move to the United States if they could, so I seriously doubt there would be widespread rioting in the streets of Mexico City when the mutually agreed-upon annexation was announced.
Hmmm… 40% would MOVE. That implies even more would be fine with being part of the USA and not needing to move to get the goodies. Even 10% in the “nice to have if I don’t have to move or learn English” group and you have a positive majority in favor of “joining up”. AND THAT was in 2005, before the Drug Wars and border mayhem got even worse…
Even being discussed on Political Forum. Who knew?
I’m still trying to figure out what search keys to use for finding the history of when we last thought about this. Probably need some old musty politicians names… I’ll start with the Presidents during various Mexican USA wars and see if anything interesting shows up.
But for now, I find my self trying to think of why NOT to Annex Mexico and not coming up with much.
Yes, the Latin desire for Socialism would flood into the “Lower 48″… but most of the Mexicans I’ve known are more Libertarian than actual Progressives. They like being in the military. Like to party. Are interested in family and home. Usually are Catholic (at least on paper). Generally have that Calvinist “work ethic”. Only “negative”, really, is that they like government goodies. But everybody falls for that one. Even the Greeks, Russians and Italians. Heck, even the Chinese have dabbled in it (though presently running away from the worst aspects of it…)
Then, about a decade after that was “a done deal”, I’m pretty sure the various “Central American States” would join up too. Put the border back on the lower edge of Panama and have a nice integrated North American Continent…
Have to do something about Canada…
But that can wait for a while. No need to rush things. Have to see how they like the idea of passport free travel to Cancun and The Mexican Riviera… owning a “winter condo” in Costa Rica. That kind of thing…
Besides, French is almost like Spanish and I’m sure the Quebecquois would love to have more Latin Language Speakers in the mix. It would also pretty well cement the notion of individual states with their own languages. They already have to deal with 2 national languages. Making it 3 ought not to be that big a deal. Heck, just require folks to learn ‘any 2 out of 3′ in school. Then it’s a “choice” not a “mandate”. ( I’m already basically functional in all three and it’s not THAT hard. Heck, in SoCal you will hear as much Spanglish as either Spanish or English in many places. And in the Upscale New England areas, folks are always putting on fake status with using Faux French in conversations. N’est Pas?
And just think how much easier it would be to “control the border” when the only border left is Panama?
All in all, I think this idea is growing on me. It could even lead to International Peace.
As the block developes, and as the Castro Brothers finally die of old age, probably about 2034, we could even let Cuba join. Then all the Cubans living in Miami could return to visit The Old Country and all the Cubans in Cuba would be able to get a job and have a future. “win win” again…
In short order, I’d expect many of the “Island Nations” to sign up. Some would likely stay with their existing patronage agreements (like The British Virgin Islands) and some would stay out as they exist on a Tax Haven Take; but I could really see a case for Jamaica… As the ‘passport free no drug laws’ tourism dollars would be flooding to Mexico, they would ‘want to compete’, and the easiest way to do that would be “from the inside”. It would even help the poor of the “Lower 48″, as folks from Jamaica could set up shops around the country with Jamaican restaurants, floor shows, ganga counters. Bringing some of that Jamaica experience to those too poor to afford The Real Deal and a flight down.
Yes, I’m sure of it now… Clearly at the end of the day the integration of Mexico would inevitably lead to a free and independent “United States of North America – All Of It”. And that would be a good thing… I think… maybe… Do they grow coffee in Mexico? I could use more coffee right now… I know they grow it in Jamaica, but I can’t wait that long…
( Do I need to add the ;-) ?)