Thursday, June 23, 2011

Two From Thomas H. Naylor

The founder of the Second Vermont Republic looks at two states, the one from which he "seceded in 1957" — Farewell to Mississippi With Love and Anger — and one that "would still be an independent, sovereign nation today," "had [it] not been illegally overthrown in 1893 by the U.S. Marines through a classic act of Manifest Destiny and American-style gunboat diplomacy" — Why Hawai'i is Not a Legitimate State.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Two points. First, Naylor is incorrect that Hawaii's annexation was a product of Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny is the idea that the United States should be a continental power, stretching from the East Coast to the Pacific. This idea was part of the bedrock of Jefferson's policy platform, and from there became part of US policy throughout the 19th century. The annexation of Hawaii was something different -- it was the result of the idea that the United States should be a global power.

Second, that global expansionism was targeted toward Asia, and to a lesser extent, the Carribean. In a very real way, the annexation of Hawaii was the predicate to the Spanish-American War -- the United States needed Hawaii as a basing ground for military forces that would need to go from the continental United States to the western Pacific. That has always been the role of Hawaii and remains so to this day.

On the up side, the American experience in Hawaii, and the difficulty that America has had in incorporating Hawaii into its dominant culture probably is what guaranteed independence to the Philippines. If it wasn't for Hawaii, the Phillipines would probably be a giant version of Puerto Rico today.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Very enlightening. Thanks.

3:29 AM  

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