Time for some history–
“Our earnest effort is to help these people upward along the stony and difficult path that leads to self-government.”
How about this one?
“Of course, the best that can happen to any people that has not already a high civilization of its own is to assimilate and profit by American or European ideas, the ideas of civilization and Christianity… the prerequisite condition to the moral and material advance of the peoples who dwell in the darker corners of the earth.”
And this one?
“The Americans give out and write in their papers that the[y] are completely pacified, and that the[y] love Americans and their rule. This, doubtless with good motives, is complete and utter humbug, for the country is honeycombed with insurrection and plots; the fighting has never ceased; and the natives loathe the Americans and their theories, saying so openly in their native press, and showing their dislike in every possible fashion. Their one idea is to be rid of the U.S.A. to have their government in their own hands.”
So, any guesses? I will give you a hint… they were all said in the early part… of the 20th century. The first one was spoken to Congress in 1901 and the last two were taken from periodicals published in 1905.
I just finished a book called “The Imperial Cruise” by the gentleman who wrote “Flags Of Our Fathers” about the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Now, I have read difficult books before, books about brutal murders, horror themes, and certainly genocide and the Holocaust. This one was equally as hard because it described atrocities committed by Americans. And why were these atrocities taking place? Because the American government, in these instances led by President Roosevelt (the one on Mt. Rushmore, no less), felt that the people in nations such as the Philippines were just too uncivilized to take care of their own needs that indoctrination into the American way of life was not only necessary, but was ordained by a higher power.
It is too lengthy of a subject for discussion here, but the hypothesis of the book is that the seeds of World War II were planted at the turn of the 20th century by the first President Roosevelt and his determination that the Aryan-Teutonic blood that was the source of American greatness should be spread to the third-world countries who knew no better yet desperately needed America’s training and guidance to become civilized.
I do not know enough about politics to speak competently, but my hope is that the mindset that led to the creation of concentration camps in Cuba, waterboarding and massacres of Filipinos, the violent overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and the blatant discrimination and violence against Chinese in California (to name a few), has been replaced by one of peace and tolerance. I hope against hope that if the United States is still, to this day, undertaking missions to third-world nations to indoctrinate them into the American way of life, that such efforts are being undertaken for the benefit of humanity and the world itself, and not because some politicians feel that God has given them the responsibility to do so.
I anticipate that many of you will have strong feelings about these subjects and I welcome you to share them. My goal with this article is not to espouse a position or political theory of my own. I received my degree in college in History and am adamant that History is more than just dates and events and regurgitation of facts. Look back over the last 1000 years. History Does Repeat Itself, unless you learn from it and take steps not to allow it to happen again.
Thank you wholeheartedly for reading and putting up with my thoughts.