… All Six-Hundred BILLION Dollars Worth!
To say that the US stole the land that now comprises the southwestern United States is a bald-faced lie!
It is a lie the political left is using to their advantage. The “citizens of the world bunch,” the globalists, the world without borders nuts, (and the like) have spread this lie so thickly that it is now accepted as truth. It is NOT truth. It is a damnable lie! It is propaganda intended to soften up US citizen’s sentiments toward amnesty for illegal aliens.
Obama is about to mount an all out push for amnesty for illegal aliens, very soon now, and it WILL pass the Congress this time.
Do you understand now why no one is correcting the lies that the US stole all that land in the Southwest from Mexico??? Do you understand WHY they want you to remain “dumb” on the subject?
It is all a part of their Deconstruction of America Project. It is a project, I might add, that appears to be well ahead of schedule and coming to fruition at a pace I would not have believed had I not experienced it since Election Day 2008.
OK, so — let’s set the record straight and look at some facts.
First, The Mexican War:
The Mexican War between the United States and Mexico began with a Mexican attack on American troops along the southern border of Texas on Apr. 25, 1846. Fighting ended when U.S. Gen. Winfield Scott occupied Mexico City on Sept. 14, 1847; a few months later a peace treaty was signed (Feb. 2, 1848) at Guadalupe Hidalgo. In addition to recognizing the U.S. annexation of Texas defeated Mexico ceded California and, New Mexico (including all the present-day states of the Southwest) to the United States.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican War, was signed on February 2, 1848, by Nicholas P. Trist, for the United States, and by a special commission representing the collapsed government of Mexico.
Under the treaty, Mexico ceded to the United States Upper California and New Mexico (including Arizona) and recognized U.S. claims over Texas, with the Rio Grande as its southern boundary. The United States in turn paid Mexico $15,000,000, assumed the claims of American citizens against Mexico, ($3.25 Million) recognized prior land grants in the Southwest, and offered citizenship to any Mexicans residing in the area. Then a few years later, the US bought the land that is now Arizona and New Mexico from Mexico for another 6 million dollars.
Second: Why did we need that additional land?
After the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, border disputes between the United States and Mexico remained unsettled. Land that now comprises lower Arizona and New Mexico was part of a proposed southern route for a transcontinental railroad. US President Franklin Pierce was convinced by Jefferson Davis, (Later the First President of the Confederate States of America) then the US Secretary of War, to send James Gadsden (who had personal interests in the rail route) to negotiate the Gadsden Purchase with Mexico. Under the resulting agreement, the U.S. paid Mexico $10 million. There was a problem with the money, however: Even though the agreement specified $10 million, the US Congress only agreed to pay $7 million. When the money finally arrived, in Mexico City, $1 million was found to be lost, thus making $6 million the amount Mexico actually got for the sale of that land. Hey, they set the price… we PAID it!
Run the numbers and you will find that the US paid Mexico $24,250,000.00 (24 million, two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand) US dollars for the land in the Southwest US which many claim, today, we (The US) stole!
You know I get a bit tired, and even short-tempered, with folks who attempt to perpetuate an untruth by the act of sheer omission. As a Southerner, I know how that can hurt. To say the US stole all that land in the Southwest is a flat-out lie. So, 24 and-a-quarter-million isn’t much money? Not by today’s standards, perhaps. But back in the mid 1800’s we’re talking about somewhere in the area of $600,000,000.00! Now that IS big bucks!
So, next time you hear someone prattling on about how the US stole all the southwestern United States from Mexico, set them straight. Tell them we bought it and PAID for it. If they refuse to believe you refer them to the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty — AND — the “Gadsden Purchase” a few years later. It’s all there. It’s a part of history. It is, apparently, a part of history students in the American government schools never hear about. (Sometimes referred to as The American “Fool” System)
Of course, the claims that we stole the land from Mexico are all a part of the propaganda being employed to saddle Americans with more undeserved guilt. People who feel guilty will ofttimes respond in the way those prodding them wish them to respond. That is what is hoped for with all the unmitigated garbage heaped on America (and Americans) today.
Actually, as I view the relationship between the US and Mexico today, I almost … ALMOST … agree with those who feel we ought to annex the entire country of Mexico and run it as an American territory. I mean, it’s not like we are not supporting the country of Mexico, anyway. The billions of US dollars a year pouring into Mexico, from Mexican citizens who have burglarized the US, by “breaking and entering,” is absolutely staggering.
So, as the leftist’s propaganda mills continue to crank this unmitigated bovine scatology and pure horse hockey out inundating Americans with all the lies and distortions about how badly Americans treat Mexicans, illegal and otherwise, just keep in mind that all they are attempting to do is prod Americans into supporting Obama’s AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS endeavor.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (or whatever they are calling it THIS time!!!), is an abomination and should never see the light of day. I’ll be leaning on my Senators from North Carolina to vote against that bill — and any other bills that will aid in the left’s efforts to destroy America — at every opportunity. May I suggest you do the same?
© J. D. Longstreet J. D. Longstreet is a conservative “Carolina Boy.” A Southern American (A native sandlapper (South Carolinian) and an adopted Tar Heel — A North Carolinian) with a deep passion for the history, heritage, and culture of the southern states of America. At the same time he is a deeply loyal American believing strongly in “America First.” J. D. Longstreet is a very proud direct descendent of several Confederate soldiers. He is a thirty-year veteran of the broadcasting business, as an “in the field” and “on-air” news reporter (contributing to radio, TV, and newspapers) and a conservative broadcast commentator. Longstreet is a veteran of the US Army and US Army Reserve. He is a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A lifelong Christian, Longstreet subscribes to “old Lutheranism” to express and exercise his faith.
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