Once a protectorate of the United States, the U.S. ultimately relinquished its control over and general responsibility for the Philippines. This was a proper decision inasmuch as the Philippines have a history of independent self government. No political, economic or other roadblock existed to permitting the Philippines full and complete independence.
The United States needs to recognize the sovereignty of independent nations, and not try to annex them for itself. We give the Philippines financial support, but we do not need to get involved in their political problems, as it should care for the security of its own people before it takes on the problems of another.
The time for expanding territory is long past for the United States. Even if it wasn't the Philippines, which is halfway around the world, is hardly the best place to begin. The U.S. history of becoming embroiled in other people's battles is one reason the country is in dire financial straights today. Although it's sad to see countries struggling or falling to governments we don't agree with, there has to be a line in the sand where the U.S. stops crossing.
Although social programs and universal access to education, health care and other human rights are necessities, when countries acquire too much land they render themselves helpless in providing for their own people. When nations remain of manageable size, they are able to adequately provide for their own people without sacrificing anyone's rights or health.
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