Was The U.S., Like Pie Crusts And Treaties, Made To Be Broken?
In the event you were wanting to read the entire text
of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, you can now find it
via a website called
Line—Hispanic Heritage Plaza." In the event you
don`t know what the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is, it
1848 treaty between the United States and Mexico
after the Mexican-American War of 1846-47 that gave the
United States much of its southwestern territory.
In the event you don`t understand why a Hispanic
website puts the treaty text on line, you`d better sit
down and start thinking about it.
In a nutshell, the website puts the
treaty text on its website not because its
webmasters are so fascinated by the minutiae of American
diplomatic history but because it is becoming
increasingly clear that many Hispanic immigrants to the
United States believe that a large part of the United
belongs to them or their parent country,
Why indeed should they not think that? In the first
place, they probably reason that a nation that allows
millions of legal and illegal aliens to immigrate year
after year doesn`t really much care about itself, its
borders, its territories, or its future.
In the second place, since the vast majority of these
immigrants are from Mexico itself and since they retain
Mexican citizenship, the more they move into the
territories lost to Mexico by the treaty of 1848,
the more plausible Mexican claims to it become.
After all, they know—as probably most "Anglo" (i.e.,
non-Hispanic white) Americans probably do not
know—that a major reason for the Mexican-American War in
the first place was that thousands of Americans had
moved into Texas when it was still a province of Mexico,
invitation of the Mexican government.
Once enough Americans had moved to Texas, Texas
simply ceased to be Mexican in any but the formal
political sense and became American.
revolted against Mexico, won its independence, and
eventually joined the Union as a state. Mexico broke
relations with the United States, and war followed
within a year or so—when Mexican troops invaded lands
claimed by Texas and ambushed a U.S. Army patrol.
Aside from the naked act of aggression by Mexico, the
point is that mass immigration—of the kind that Mexico
itself encouraged into Texas—led to the break-up of the
country. Mexican immigrants to this country can
reasonably expect history to repeat itself, and since
the seven states of the American Southwest are already
more than 25 percent Hispanic in their population, the
repetition may come a bit sooner than most gringos
The website`s commentary about the Treaty of
Guadalupe Hidalgo, by one Lalo Lopez, [Legacy
of a Land Grab], doesn`t quite claim that the treaty
was a mere mask for military aggression and conquest,
but it certainly slants that way.
"Some promote the idea that the war against Mexico
was a pretext for a massive theft of its land,"
Sr. Lopez writes rather coyly,
"and the treaty … simply formalized the theft of
half of Mexico`s territory—something that would violate
any international law today."
Well, yes, some do say that, but then
Sr. Lopez doesn`t quite get around to telling us
about the point of view of those who don`t.
In the absence of mass immigration from Mexico,
controversy about the
Mexican-American War and the Treaty of
Guadalupe-Hidalgo would be relegated to the place they
belong—the history books. But given the
reality of mass immigration, the reality that the
immigrants remain Mexicans in Mexican law and even
vote in Mexican elections, and the
reality that the Mexican government subtly
encourages Mexican immigrants to
think of themselves as Mexicans, then the war and
the treaty suddenly spring back to life.
"In 2000," the Hispanic website informs us
glowingly, "Latinos were
35.3 million strong" in the United States.
Why is "strong" the right word for the growth of the
Hispanic-American population? It`s the right word
what they`re really interested in.
"California is going to be a Mexican state,"
"We are going to control
all the institutions. If people don`t like it they
Well, not quite.
We don`t do that because the leaders of the U.S.
government and of
both political parties are on the side of the
Until Americans get rid of their own government and
its leadership class, they can`t hope to keep their own
country, regardless of the wars our
ancestors fought and the treaties they signed.
October 21, 2002