Anti-Imperialist

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|[pic] |Few delegations had as differing a duo of senators as Massachusetts, |
| |which paired the expansionist Henry Cabot Lodge with Senator George |
| |Hoar. The speech below deals with the annexation of the Philippines |
| |(an outgrowth of the war in Cuba). But the principles outlined by Hoar|
| |were broader. |

GEORGE HOAR : The Lust for Empire
Mr. President, the persons who favor the ratification of this treaty without conditions and without amendment differ among themselves certainly in their views, purposes, and opinions, and as they are so many of them honest and well-meaning persons, we have the right to say in their actual and real opinions. In general, the state of mind and the utterance of the lips are in accord. If you ask them what they want, you are answered with a shout: "Three cheers for the flag! Who will dare to haul it down? Hold onto everything you can get. The United States is strong enough to do what it likes. The Declaration of Independence and the counsel of Washington and the Constitution of the United States have grown rusty and musty. They are for little countries and not for great ones. There is no moral law for strong nations. America has outgrown Americanism."
. . . If you cannot take down a national flag where it has once floated in time of war, we were disgraced when we took our flag down in Mexico and in Vera Cruz, or after the invasion of Canada; England was dishonored when she took her flag down after she captured this capital; and every nation is henceforth pledged to the doctrine that wherever it puts its military foot or its naval…...

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