Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Immigration and empire

The United States was born an empire.

The proper date of origination of the United States Empire (hereafter in this blog the USE) is not 4 July 1776, but 14 May 1607, when agents of British imperialism established the colony at Jamestown, Virginia.

What happened in 1776 was a faction of colonials rebelling against the nation to which they had sworn allegiance, in order to bring the 13 colonies under their own rule. Think of it as a hostile takeover of a corporation: if the takeover succeeds, it doesn't extinguish the fact that the corporation was already in existence, bringing all of its baggage with it.

To be sure, the expansion of the original 13 westward was a process of imperialism: MANIFEST DESTINY. That "expansion" (Hitler called it "Lebensraum") was into lands already populated by Native Americans. It doesn't matter that Native American social organization and governance differed radically from that of the 13; it doesn't make that of the former illegitimate, only less powerful and vicious.

USE imperialism was codified in Monroe Doctrine of 1823. Gist of the latter was that the USE forbade mainland European powers from intervening in affairs of sovereign Central and South American nations. In return, the USE would remain neutral in disputes between European powers, and between those powers and their existing Western Hemisphere colonies.

(Your Today's Geek Moment in History. See for relevant passage of President Monroe's message to Congress of 2 December 1823.)

The Doctrine was expanded by Theodore Roosevelt's Corollary of 1904, asserting the absolute right of the USE to intervene at will in the internal affairs of all of Central and South America; TR just formally stated the obvious.

The USE has derived immense benefit, economic and etc., from this hegemony, resulting in millions of deaths and grinding poverty throughout Central and South America.

As subjects of the US Empire, it is only equitable and just that residents of Central and South America have the inalienable right to reside anywhere in the Empire they choose, including the homeland.

THUS, there are no "illegal aliens," only subjects of the US Empire exercising their inalienable rights to change place of residence.


Blogger RtR said...

...THUS, there are no "illegal aliens," only subjects of the US Empire exercising their inalienable rights to change place of residence...

I gotta tell ya that I would purely love to hear that theory argued in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. I betcha that an "originalist" interpretation of the Executive's powers to conduct foreign policy could be crafted that would appeal to Scalia, Alito and Roberts if the Supremes would grant cert. This would neatly fix our continental immigration policy without the messiness of having to go through some pale imitation of a democratic process. Instead, we could all blame the outcome on a court dominated by Reagan, H.W. and Little Boots' appointees.

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