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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Very Brief History of the US that Schools Do Not Teach

After reading yesterday's posting some may have been amazed to know that the US has been as much a colonial power as any other stale European nation while other readers may have not been the least bit surprised

It's not cynicism to think that way.. Just the reality of life because all nations make policy decisions in past and present based primarily on economic reasons and generally speaking one country is not any better than another
If Nicaragua or Honduras, etc had the means and military capabilities, they would have as easily sent troops to occupy parts of the US and exploit our resources for their singular benefit as conscious-free as we did to them

So don't go down that 'America is evil' route..  It is not; We're a wonderful country

It's just we're not the perfect nation some like to think us to be

We've always believed that America has had and still has a lot of problems and did things historically to others that one should not be proud of but compared to everyone else, we are the greatest nation in the world, so just getting that out there before we continue..
Every country makes policy decisions based primarily on financial considerations and we're no different

Since the school system and even university/college level all do such a piss-poor job of teaching American history, we thought we'd take a couple moments to give a quick summary that focuses on the gaps that is accidentally or purposely left out of the curriculum

We start in colonial times..  Everyone for generations has been taught that we declared war on Great Britain because of liberty and freedom and self-determination

Maybe.. but No
After the end of the Seven Years War or 'French & Indian War' (1756-1763), Parliament expected the colonists to pay for it so it levied various taxes on those living here to deal with the financial burdens of it and continual defense from the Indians along the western border

OK.. so everyone knows that..  Stamp Act... Tea Party.. etc

But when the taxation was becoming too overbearing, the colonists wanted to create their own separate currency where they could control the valuation and not have money's value determined by London, and thus re-pay the war debt using that specie
British Parliament refused because it would not have been financially beneficial and and prevented the colonies from doing this

This caused great economic misery and hurt the merchants even more than taxes on stamps, thus becoming the breeding ground of hate which became the American Revolution

So the war ends in 1781.. we win (Yay!)  and there's the formation of Articles of Confederation followed by the Constitution we all love..

Fast forward to War of 1812 (1812-1814)..  Why did we fight it?
In brief, the British were preventing American merchant ships from navigating on open waters and on many occasions, impressed those vessels, meaning the British navy would stop US ships, climb on board and force at the barrel of a gun US seamen to come aboard their ships and essentially become their seamen

The war was a stalemate though we did give the Brits a deserved ass-kicking at the Battle of New Orleans - but overall it was fought over economics

So we move forward in our time machine to the 1840s and the Mexican War (1846 - 1848)

Did it have to do with liberty and freedom for Texas?  Ehh
Had much more to do with manifest destiny and expanding slavery westward

It is truly amazing to think of how large a booty we took from Mexico after the peace treaty was ultimately signed - Territory which is now Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, etc..

And think about this amazing bit of trivia..  Had there been no Mexican War and no acquisition of California, then when gold was discovered in 1849, it would have been on Mexican owned lands and they would have been financially enriched instead of the US
Who knows.. had there been no Mexican War, maybe gringos would be trying to cross the border to get into their country where all the wealth and prosperity would be located

So we keep moving along and we get to the Civil War

While we do believe many Union soldiers chose to fight to free the slaves, the Union as a nation did not
Lincoln once said "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that."

Lincoln also said during his second debate with Stephen Douglas on August 27, 1858:                                                                                                                                                                                       
"I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races -- that I am not, nor have ever been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negros, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people
And I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which prevents them from living together on terms of social and political equality.  

And inasmuch as they can not so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race"

So we can stop this bullshit that Lincoln and the Union as a whole as more moral and ethical than the Confederacy
Also the reason so many in the North wanted slavery dissolved was more for spite than humanitarian - they wanted to hurt the South financially...

Workers, especially immigrant labor was paid pennies a day to live in squalor but pennies a day was still more than what they saw slave owners paying 

The fact that slave owners had to pay to feed, clothe, shelter and provide medical care to their property while Northern industrialists didn't was something that slipped their greed-ridden minds
So the Civil War ends and slaves are free, something we're all still paying endlessly for 150+ years later and now the government focuses attention on westward expansion

Obviously the Indians were dangerous, brutal savages that would attack settlers thus kill the men, rape the women and abduct or kill the children -- sorry, no 'Dances with Wolves' historical revisionism here

But the primary reason for the Indian wars was economic - it was a growing, expanding nation and they were a threat to settlers' safety

Who wants to take their family westward to find themselves full of arrows with heads' scalped and vaginas violated..  That is bad for business
We talked about Central and South American and Caribbean colonization yesterday so we move forward to 1917 when we enter World War I

We did not do so for democracy - that is absolute bullshit

We entered World War I even though then President Wilson campaigned just 6 months under the slogan 'He kept us out of war' because US banks had lent so much money to Britain and France to fund the war, they were terrified that if they lost, the banks would never get repaid on the loans

So from that, we go 'Over There!' and have Americans fight and die for nothing
Now we come to World War II..  Why did we fight?

For democracy?  To liberate the Jews from the camps?  

Because we were attacked?

No to the first two, though obviously being attacked gave the nation the OOmph to officially declare war on Japan
Of course no one ever mentions that we manipulated Japan into attacking because we meddled in their sea trade and prevented them from acquiring rubber and petroleum, which they desperately needed to keep pushing their war effort vs China

Sorta like if you see someone punch another in the face but don't notice the provocation that the one being punched was grabbing the other by the throat to deprive of air, thus the response

So we fight Japan so we can take back control of the Pacific and thanks to the Nazis declaring war on us, we fight them so we can liberate Europe back into a capitalist continent that will buy/consume US goods 

In the process it is only because of WWII, that we finally got out of the Great Depression
And every engagement during the Cold War was more about the economic dangers of Communism and ensuring their borders were open to US companies and its products than anything social, political or moral

And we all know what's going on the last few decades from Gulf War to the present is oil related

Like we said before, this is not to put America in a negative light..  
We're the greatest nation in the world but primarily its because all others have been historically and/or presently various degrees of god-awful

No nation is innocent or pure or conducts policy with good social intentions unless its secondary to money and finance

Not ever