Annexation: Tyranny That Should Not be Allowed Essay

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In the United States, a tyranny of power has been allowed to occur. Thousands of residents have been done wrong by governmental powers without having any say so to stop it. The forcible annexation of residential areas without voter permission should not be allowed in the United States. Many would say the source of this problem of abuse of power comes from the days of American Imperialism. American Imperialism is when we would annex small, and what we considered to be lower, countries just for the use of power and extra money in our pockets. Whatever the cause, forcible annexation is something that wrongly continues to exist today. In the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s, the idea of imperialism swept over the world (Lapsansky).…show more content…
There have been many issues with annexation with the United States in the past. So many that you would think the leaders of today would know by now that annexation is not a wise move to make in expansion. A prime example of forcible annexation is with the annexation of the Philippines. The United States annexed the island nation with no consent and, some would say, no mercy for the natives of this country. This quote from the San Francisco Agronaut highlights Americas non-concern for the Filipino people: “WE DO NOT WANT THE FILIPINOS. WE DO WANT THE PHILIPPINES…The more of them killed the better. It seems harsh. But they must yield before the superior race,” (Lapsansky). This act is made even more horrendous when you take into account the fact that the United States had just helped the Philippines receive freedom from the horrible dealings of being annexed into and apart of the empire of Spain. We set the small island nation free from one country to be annexed into another. Reasons given for this decision by the U.S. government was that it would provide a useful military location and would allow the United States to reap benefits and money from the land’s natural resources (Lapsansky). The problem with this argument though comes from the one hole that our government overlooked. The many years battle that we spent that we spent claiming Philippines; we spent great sums of money and dispensed many lives just for the
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