In Spanish out of both countries. Then, with

In 1898, the United States went to war with Spain over Cuba
and the Philippines. Of course, there were other reasons for the
initiation of the war, but keeping with that, the United States casted the
Spanish out of both countries. Then, with the liberation of the countries,
America had a choice of how to exert their influence upon those states
Cuba was shortly granted their independence, but the Philippines was
another problem. In October of the same year, we decided to annex the
Philippines gain control of the country and install the American Government on
it. This launched us into a long war against the philopenas, they felt
betrayed by the U.S. for the lack of liberation and mistreatment. The
question is and still stands, were these the right choices for the U.S.? (Documents
used A,B,C,E)


Still two thing that needs to be considered that the
accountability of the United States government is its statements and its own
principals. The U.S. went into the Spanish American War fighting
for independence and the rights of other countries against the Spanish rule.
Claimed by the Americanistic Imperialist League in October of 1899:

            “We earnestly condemn the policy of the present national
administration in the Philippines. It seeks to extinguish the spirit of 1776 in those islands…We
protest against the extension of American sovereignty by Spanish Methods…”
(Document A).

            The annexation of the
Philippines would have made us no different from the Spanish. Because
the Philippines fought against our rule with just as much vengeance,
and we destroyed them with little effort. Speech from a candidate who ran
for the U.S. Senate, Albert J. Beveridge, in the election in Indiana, delivered
on September 16, 1898:

            “The opposition tells us that we ought not to govern a
people without their consent. I answer, the rule…that all just
government derives its authority from the consent of the governed, applies only to those who are
capable of self-government. We govern the Indians without their consent,
we govern our territories without their consent,
we govern our children without their consent…Would not he people
of the Philippines prefer the just, human, civilizing government
of this Republic to the savage, bloody Spanish rule…from which we have
rescued them?” (Document B).



            While the senator was a jerk towards the people of
the Philippines like comparing them to children. They were dying of diseases that any competent medical care
could take care of, crimes like slavery and headhunting were very popular
(Document E). Could anyone say they were able to have a stable government?
According to President McKinley no. (Document C).






            So, it cannot be said that the Philippines were not
enormously benefited by the United States annexing it succeeding the decades
of its dependence. In fact, it was likely that it was the best thing
that ever happened to the Philippines bar none. Yet still, the original
question is asked, “should the United States have annexed the Philippines?”
Looking back on it from the position of the triumphant descendants, the answer could
easily be written down as yes, but in times when the legislature is
newly decided, it was not so certain, and, in context, it could easily
be considered morally reprehensible. In the end, it boils down to base
values; which does one value more? The returns? Or integrity? That is
an argument which will never be easily decided.