--The French occupation of Mexico
and its conversion into an empire, under the patronage and protection of the Emperor
of the French
, is the bitterest pill, next to the secession of the South
, that the United States
has ever been compelled to swallow.
It treats with such profound contempt the Monroe
doctrine, and all other cardinal doctrines of Manifest Destiny
, and it opposes such an effectual barrier to the ambitious plans, purposes, and territorial and political progress of Yankee Doodle
, that it may well stir up the bile of that interesting nation to the profoundest depths.
The virtuous and honest.
Washington Government had long ago determined to absorb Mexico
and annex Cuba
, as well as the various other island waifs of the Western Archipelago
, which were no doubt at one time portions of the American Continent
, and consequently ought to be reclaimed.--These beautiful projects, are summarily knocked in the head by the French
occupation of Mexico
The question now arises, what are the U. S. going to do about it?
They must either make war upon France
, which they swear they will as soon as they have whipped the Southern Confederacy, or they must back down, as they know how to do better than any other nation.
It will never do, even could they conquer the South
, to have France
on the Southern
border, for the disaffected Southern population would inevitably be affording every facility to their French neighbor to extend his territory from the Rio Grande
to the Potomac
They would themselves seek French protection, and, instead of being made to fight against France
as the Washington
dynasty natters itself, would hold out such a prize to French ambition as would bring half a million French bayonets to their relief.
If we cannot achieve our independence, we would infinitely prefer to be a colony of France
than a province of Yankeedom.
Whilst we have no fear of being driven to this alternative, we enjoy profoundly the desperate dilemma to which Napoleon
's bold move in Mexico
has reduced the Manifest Destiny Yankees
Let the Emperor
of the French
consolidate his power in Mexico
, civilize the natives, develop their commerce, protect Cuba
, and cultivate amicable relations with the Southern Confederacy.
Whatever the Future may bring to us, and we have unshaken faith and hope in it, the rapacity and lust of Yankee territorial aggrandizement are effectually checked, and a hoop put in the nose of the Northern Leviathan
which he can never shake off.