I have an idea. How about we make Mexico AMERICA again. In 1847, during the Mexican–American War, Army General Winfield Scott took Mexico City, and later became its military governor. We’ve taken Mexico before, we can do it again.
A number of observers have commented on the proliferation of Mexican flags at rallies in favor of amnesty and open borders, as well as at anti-Trump demonstrations. They’ve also noticed the “Make America Mexico Again” slogan showing up on signs, hats, and hashtags — supposedly as a humorous meme, but almost certainly one that exhibits more than a grain of serious intent behind it, even though such an intent would be ironic in the extreme.
Victor Davis Hanson, a Hoover Institution fellow, as well as a writer, historian, and keen observer of current events, put it best when he noted that, “[D]isrupters at a Trump rally in California likewise jumped the shark when some waved the flag of Mexico or bore placards with slogans such as ‘Make America Mexico Again.’ If the protest was directed against Trump’s pledges to deport undocumented immigrants to Mexico, then it made little sense to celebrate the country to which protesters did not wish immigrants to return, or to suggest that immigrants’ new home should become identical to the old home that they had chosen to leave.” But, of course, he’s being logical, and logic often has little to do with such matters.
Even so, it is sobering to realize that there are organized efforts on the part of overt open borders advocates to recruit as many aliens as possible to naturalize in these last months leading up to the election, with the sole purpose of attempting to steer the election away from presumptive Republican nominee Trump and into the Democratic camp.
More disturbing is that the federal government may be lending itself to this effort. It would not be the first time that a Democratic administration has used the organs of government to try to skew voter rolls by adding to them in egregious numbers before an election, and in the process steamrolling proper vetting procedures to be sure it gets done.
Most disturbing of all is that the Mexican government itself has now leaped onto this same stage in a shameless attempt at interfering in an American domestic political matter of the first consequence: the election of our next leader (see here and here). If the United States were to attempt to do this in a Mexican election, we would be condemned globally in all quarters, and shouts of “!Fuera Yanquis!” (Yankees Out!) would resound from the voices of thousands of demonstrators on the streets of Mexico City.
Just wait until Trump is president. We’ll interfere with Mexico’s elections all we want, and there’ll be nothing they will be able to do about it.
But why would Mexico do something so counterintuitive as to encourage Mexican nationals to abandon their citizenship in order to pursue naturalization in the United States? The answer is because they don’t take swearing an oath to the United States as the final word on the matter — Mexico still considers them to be dual nationals, and even encourages these newly minted Americans to continue voting in Mexican elections.
This, despite the fact that the oath of citizenship requires that the newly naturalized swear to “absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen”, and also despite the fact that voting in foreign elections is a potential basis for determining that a U.S. citizen has engaged in an act of expatriation.
America will never be “Mexico” again. Citizens own hundreds of millions of guns, and you can bet your bottom dollar they’d be used if “Mexicans” tried anything.