Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Weaponization (and Imperialization) of Mormonism

Deseret News' R. Scott Lloyd has the bizarre story — President Buchanan contemplated using Brigham Young to acquire northern Mexico, Cuba. The idea was "to pressure the Mormons to flee to the region of Sonora, Mexico," and "[w]ith a 'critical mass' of U.S. refugees thus in place, the United States could then annex the region, as had been done with Texas some 15 years earlier."

Pondered historian William P. MacKinnon, "Should historians now consider an additional conspiracy theory alongside the traditional ones that have lamentably troubled the Utah war's origins? I mean the possibility that Buchanan initiated the Utah Expedition in March 1857 to advance international expansion."

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Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

This misrepresents the early history of Texas; many of the leading Anglos in Texas at the time of Independence were Freemasons in lodges who had lost a power struggle in Mexico City. The reason Texas was hurriedly annexed by the US was the discovery that the German aristocracy was planning large scale immigration to and colonization of Texas.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Southern US leadership in the 1840s and 1850s harbored expansionist dreams into Mexico and the Carribean. Jefferson himself had mad dreams of empire along those lines, wistfully imagining a US slave-empire expanding throughout the entire hemisphere. It is well-established that the Confederacy had plans to expand into Latin America if it had been successful in its attempt to break away from the constitutional government of the Union. The Confederate vision was to carve up Latin America among the two great slave empires of the day, the CSA and Brazil.

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