Roosevelt’s Corollary Calls Us South of the Border

by Gayle Plato

I’ve been thinking about one of the more important policies of the United States- The Monroe Doctrine.  Many have cited it of late regarding Latin America, issues of terrorism on the continent and coming through the Mexican border.  There’s also a thought of how the Monroe Doctrine is ignored as we invite Cuba and then other communist/socialist potentates to have a channel into the USA.

James Monroe made a clear statement as President noting the right and obligation of the United States to defend and define the Western Hemisphere.  Monroe felt we needed to support newly emerging independence in Latin American countries while pointedly saying any aggression or desire to colonize in the new areas was intolerable.  Teddy Roosevelt followed in 1904, with an addendem ifyouwill of the Roosevelt Corollary. But I suggest that Teddy Roosevelt saw the need for fiscal soundness in the Latin countries and that the United States must consider it’s best interests if the Latino states and powers were not solvent and cooperative.  Many historians write off his mandate as just a means to an end for intervention into Latin America.  The Docrine and Roosevelt’s Corollary defined our role as defenders but also set limits to US tolerance of any international aggression or  fiscal power grab. 

So I propose a simple question and I don’t think it needs much elaboration.  If Mexico does end up needing International Monetary Fund bail out and then dictates any policy;  if the IMF sets governmental, politcal guidelines, what is our obligation to Liberty and her democracy?

Mexico continues to fracture politcally. The oligarchical drug cartel families become either terror lords or robin hoods to the local people; people keep coming north en masse straining the United States economic and social structure. All assemblance of civil justice, and intrinsic freedom of the people keeps draining out of the system.  The political breakdown directly effects the United States. 

While we may no longer have terrorists in the world lexicon, we do have violent grabs of power to the South, in our hemisphere, as the Democratic Congressional political action teams break bread in Cuba. I ask all that love to rage and debate civil rights, facing social entropy in our backyard, when do we focus on the rights of our daughter, Liberty, such an abused child here at home?

Rosevelt Corollary Statement  regarding the Monroe Doctrine

“It is not true that the United States feels any land hunger or entertains any projects as regards the other nations of the Western Hemisphere save such as are for their welfare. All that this country desires is to see the neighboring countries stable, orderly, and prosperous. Any country whose people conduct themselves well can count upon our hearty friendship. If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States. Chronic wrongdoing, or an impotence which results in a general loosening of the ties of civilized society, may in America, as elsewhere, ultimately require intervention by some civilized nation, and in the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States, however reluctantly, in flagrant cases of such wrongdoing or impotence, to the exercise of an international police power.”-  December 6, 1904



  1. Veritas Vincit says

    There are three “legs” to the Mexican economic system: 1) remittances from family in the United States; 2) oil. The Mexican government’s entire budget is pegged to $70/bbl – anything less means disaster; and 3) tourism, which is down considerably since the violence began.

    The facts are that all 3 legs have seen drastic reductions in the past year. This leaves the Mexican government and the socio-political fabric of Mexico in a very perilous condition.

    Consider this:
    “Cain, where is your brother Able?”
    “How should I know? Am I my brother’s keeper?”

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