John C. Calhoun on the conditions necessary to sustain liberty
In 1848 U.S. Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina staunchly opposed the idea, which had been proposed by some, of making defeated Mexico into a territory or province of the United States. His reasoning is prophetic, and relevant to us still.
… I know further, sir, that we have never dreamt of incorporating into our Union any but the Caucasian race—the free white race. To incorporate Mexico, would be the very first instance of the kind of incorporating an Indian race; for more than half of the Mexicans are Indians, and the other is composed chiefly of mixed tribes. I protest against such a union as that! Ours, sir, is the Government of a white race. The greatest misfortunes of Spanish America are to be traced to the fatal error of placing these colored races on an equality with the white race. That error destroyed the social arrangement which formed the basis of society. The Portuguese and ourselves have escaped—the Portuguese at least to some extent—and we are the only people on this continent which have made revolutions without being followed by anarchy. And yet it is professed and talked about to erect these Mexicans into a Territorial Government, and place them on an equality with the people of the United States. I protest utterly against such a project.
Morgan writes from England:
I simplify here, but I think it holds true.LA replies:
No need for body armor, at least not here.Mark A. writes:
Morgan’s racist comments demonstrate that he has it all wrong. European societies provide liberty for all, because they can afford liberty as a result of the wealth stolen from the hard labor of the colored races. Races are defined by their environement, not genetics. You’ll note the inverse criminal tendencies of the negro upon moving from Africa to the United States. You’ll note the Asian demand for liberty at all costs once they leave the shores of China and Japan and land in California. And when the Mexican finds himself north of the Rio Grande, in California for example, he no longer tolerates petty political corruption and a culture of ignorance.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 01, 2009 11:27 PM | Send