Should the United States have annexed the Philippines?

  • For Annexation for Many Reasons

    The Philippines did not have a stable government and were weak. In addition to this, if the U.S. did not annex the Philippines, then other countries such as Germany or Japan could have easily taken over due to the lack of government in the Philippines. Germany and other countries like it then had a chance to expand their empires even more. Also, the reasons for annexation were 1. To educate the people because everyone deserves the right to an education. 2. To lead the Philippines in the right direction towards independence and self-government. 3. To "Christianize" (which I do not agree about because the Philippine people were already forced into Catholicism by the Spanish). Through the annexation of the Philippines, new market opportunities would have been created. Trading could have expanded and the U.S. could trade with more countries and obtain more goods. Furthermore, the Philippines only had a population of 7 million. That means that they were not a big community. Back then, Mahan brought up a good idea and said that the Philippines could be a great spot to supply navy bases that would protect the U.S. And the people of the Philippines would be under the protection of the U.S. Additionally, the Philippines would also supply a spot for a coaling station. The U.S. had already annexed other islands such as Hawaii. Moreover, the U.S. also wanted some type of power. Other countries like Germany were expanding their empire and expanding their armies. If the U.S. annexed the Philippines, we would have a great opportunity to gain some power and expand our empire. To conclude, the annexation of the Philippines was indeed a good idea due to the reasons behind it, the new business markets, possible spots for bases and stations, and the power the U.S. could have gained from it.

  • Yes. Absolutely correct!

    This issue will help the Filipino people to achieve their dreams and to live a comfortable and also our country the Philippines. There will be lot of opportunity that will bring to us if we agree of this issue.
    We can now have a job that will help our family.

  • Annexation?! Of course!!

    The reasons behind annexation were simple. First, the U.S. Wanted to educate the residents of the Philippines. Everyone deserves the right to an education. Secondly, the U.S. Wanted to point the residents in the right direction towards independence by leading them into a self-government. In addition to this, the Philippines were weak due to their lack of a government. To go along with this, if the U.S. Would have not annexed the Philippines, other countries such as Germany or Japan could have easily taken over. This would mean that other empires would be expanded and would gain even more power. The U.S. Wanted power and they wanted that feeling of expanding an empire. Furthermore, the Philippines provided a spot for naval bases and coaling stations to e established. Also, trading could be done more and with better countries because new business opportunities would have been available to the U.S. Basically, all the United States wanted to do was do was it is named for. We wanted to UNITE and expand our empire. Lastly, the United States already had annexed places such as Hawaii and they were not wrong for doing it again!

    People argue that the U.S. Went against everything they believed was true. I semi-agree with this but doesn't the U.S. Also believe in a strong government and that everyone has a right to an education? Back then, power and money were the two things that every country seriously desired. The United States was no different because if everyone else was expanding and obtaining more power for their countries, why could we Americans do the same?!

  • Yes I believe America made the right choice

    I believe that America made the right decision for annexing the Philippians. Like Hans said, U.S made a profit from gaining control of the Philippians. The U.S was not the only one benefiting from the annex because the Filipinos were granted protection. The Filipinos were incapable of self-government. The Philippians were just under Spanish forces and were treated wrong. Although they wanted their freedom, they weren’t ready for what was going to happen later on. If you are going to be independent, you must have a very good navy and army or else some other country with a large army is going to take control of that area. Our country has the right weapons and brains to help protect others. If the U.S haven’t had taken the Philippians under their wing, the Philippines would have been taken over by another country. Many different colonizing countries including Japan, England, and Germany were waiting for the right time to control the Philippines. If it wasn’t for the Americans freeing those Filipinos from the Spanish, those people living on the island would have fell at the guns of those countries. This saying, they would be in the same position they were when the Spanish were in-control. The U.S. Felt as if the situation was all God’s plan. They all believed that God drove them to the Philippines and it was their duty to protect them. It was known that if the Americans haven't have fled the Spanish out, the people of the Philippines would have continued to be treated unfairly. It was also certain that if they allowed them to be free, another country would have taken control.

  • Yes, the United States should have annexed the Philippines.

    It was a necessary and wise decision because it freed the Filipinos from the devastating Spanish force - which persecuted and executed them and mistreated them with an unjust anarchical government. It also benefited to the United States because they opened trade ports for various goods and services and broadened business interests. It also served as a fueling and repair station for U.S. naval vessels and ships. It also contributed to their imperialism - hadn't they annexed the Philippines, the countries of Japan, France, and Germany would have seized the islands.

  • Yes, the United States should have annexed the Philippines.

    Yes, I believe that the United States should have annexed the Philippines. Although there are a great number of benefits that the United States would have received had it not annexed the Philippines, it would be morally reprehensible. By not annexing the Philippines, we would be no better than when the British ruled the United States, and England had a tight grasp on all aspects of our government and our populace. By annexing the Philippines, we give them many of the freedoms that we enjoy.

  • Our Country, The Philippines, needs The U.S.A

    Our country, the Philippines needs the U.S.A.
    We need the help of American armies to fight against the countries who try to invade our country. They helped us before and we are grateful for that. Let them be on our side always. If they get a benefit by having annexed with us, so what! We benefited all their help as well!

  • Thomas Jefferson's Imperial Republic would have been realized, and both the Filipinos and the US would have been better off for it

    It is not at all condescending to say that the Philippines were an impoverished, divided, if not somewhat barbaric country before the arrival of the United States. They did not really have a common language (Tanglong was spoken by less than half the country), or modern farming techniques. After the 'colonization' by the US,they developed two common languages, English and Tanglong, one of which they have to thank the US for, and their population had exploded in part thanks to more modern technology brought by the US.
    Imperialism is not against US values, it is in our constitution, the Federalist papers, and the words and actions of our greatest presidents. Grant wanted to annex the Dominican Republic, and Jefferson wanted Cuba. The only thing that prevented the annexation of the DR was white racism, and the same could be said for the Philippines.
    Had they been annexed (and treated as full US citizens) they would today have a much lower crime rate, a less corrupt court system, higher levels of education and a whole lot more help dealing with the Islamic terrorism that is running rampant on their southern islands

  • Obviously! No Doubt

    The Spanish American War had been won with naval superiority and power. The Philippines were simply another territory that Spain relinquished to the U.S as a part of the spoils of war. Fought for miscellaneous reasons the U.S still won the war and even paid Spain for the islands as a peace offering. Regardless of moral reasons the U.S had the right to own, operate, and do as they see fit with the Philippine islands. If the natives were to rule themselves the 20 million dollars spent on this stepping stone to Asia would have gone to waste. It was vital that America annex the Philippines, industrialize their country, and then use it as a route to Asia. Even though the military tactics used in the uprisings seem inhumane, keep in mind that in 30 years the Filipinos and Japanese would do the exact same to American POWs during World War II.

  • Philippines is a failed state

    Crippling corruption.
    Terrible to non-existent infrastructure.
    Rampant crime.
    Poor educational systems.
    Terrible out of control pollution.
    Terrible healthcare... And only if you have cash in hand to get it.
    Over populated cities with NO urban planning.
    Out of control birth rates
    Abusive police.
    Abusive military.
    Crippling enslavement to the Catholic Church.
    Oh.... Did I mention POVERTY?!
    If Philippines was annexed by Cambodia, or even Ethiopia, it would be better off!
    If annexed by the US? Well I can guarantee Manila wouldn't be debating if it is or is not the Gates of hell! My vote by the way is that it is!

  • Absolutely :NO! Philippines and US are Different! Its wrong (as it told)

    As President Abraham Lincoln said, "no man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. When the white man governs himself, that is self government , but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self government- that is despotism" Lincoln says that nobody, not even Americans, has the right to control other people. This is used as an analogy.

    The People That pro annexiation is a WEAK People they cant stand in there own !! Philippines can Stand by it self !

    And Filipinos and Americans are "TOTALLY DIFFERENT!" in terns on Culture, language.. It means their not compatible! Filipinos can run these Countries by its on Solution Industrialization! And Enhance the National Identity .. And if US want to help Their welcome ! But not holding philippines at the neck!

  • No, the Philippines should not have been annexed by the United States

    As many people like to point out, the Philippines were very much a country of their own. They had their own language, their own currency and their own culture and tradition, very much different than our own. The feeling towards American imperialism during the time was fairly supportive of expansionism and a "we're better for you than you are for yourselves" attitude. That attitude was not held by the Filipino people. They were proud of their history and did not welcome American annexation which did ultimately prove to be a disadvantage to both nations.

  • No, The US should not have annexed the Philippines

    No, The US should not have annexed the Philippines because it is a different location with different people. People from that nation should have the right to choose to be independent. Also, because location-wise, it is really far away from the US. It will be very hard for the US to secure.

  • Do not donate to the pilipeans

    No because we are already in debt enough dont need to give away any more money. We are 328 billion dollars a day already and we just gave them more than 50 ships and air crafts and 22.A million dollars. Why? How do we know they will help us in the future. We dont so why help?

  • The Philippines and the United States are too different

    The Philippines have their own unique culture, language, and history that is very different from that of the United States. It is clearly a nation of its own in every way, and therefore does not belong as part of the United States. Annexing the Philippines to the United States would have been detrimental for both peoples, as it would have resulted in inevitable divisions and conflicts between the two.

  • We shouldn't have annexed them

    I do not think that we should have annexed the Philippines. They are thousands of miles away. I think the US could benefit from the resources in the Philippines, but I think we should have tried to set up a trade route with them instead of annexing them. By doing this, we made them angry and lost all of our chances at gaining their resources. We also lost a lot of money in the process. I believe that it was hypocritical to annex them because we were in the same situation as them.

  • We Shouldn't Annex Them

    I think that we shouldn't Annex the Philippines because first its going to be very difficult for us in the United States to change the Culture in the Philippines. For example its going to be very difficult for the people in the Philippians to learn the English language and to also learn the culture of the U. S. Another reason why I think that we shouldn't annex them is because I think that it is more likely for there to be more illegal immigrants because just like Puerto Rico other people come to the country so that they can be ale to get to America. There can also be a larger possibility of more terrorist coming to the United States and having another attack on us. At that time the U.S. Was also very racist so it would be very difficult for the United States to get along with the Philippines. The Philippians also don't have a big population. The Last Reason why I think that we shouldn't Annex the Philippines is because if we do Annex them we would also have to build a whole different army for that country. So since they don't have a large population there will probably have to be a draft and if there is a draft they will be more problems in the country. Those are some reasons why I think that we shouldn't annex the Philippines.

  • Why should we?

    I think that we shouldn't have annexed the Philippines because it was a waste of money. It cost a lot of money to send soldiers to make schools and a form of government out in the Philippines. Also, the Philippines has over 7,100 islands with many different languages. Why would we have learned all those languages when some people can't even talk our own language? There was no thought put into the situation. The only pro I believe would have been having a naval base closer to all of the other regions, but then again that costs money. Money should have been used in the United States rather than on another country.

  • Annexing the Philippines goes against what our country stands for and believes in.

    I believe that the whole idea of the United States is to allow people to live freely which is partly why we helped make the Filipinos independent. By annexing them I also feel that they would lose trust in us because our actions were hypocritical, first we help them then we annex them? They obviously did not want to be a part of Spain so what makes us any better? Our intentions to go there were not to defeat but to help the people and we should keep that in mind now.
    I also believe that the annexation of the Philippines goes against the idea of our constitution. Our constitution was created because we were in a similar situation as the Philippines, it’s a little obvious what the Filipinos will do if we do annex them so just leave them alone and independent. I feel like it is almost like a duty of the U.S. To let the people free and handle their government the way they think is best.
    • We just helped this country become freed from another country so what is the purpose of forcing the people to do something they did not want before?
    • Where in our constitution does it say we are a conquering country?
    • How do we think the Filipinos will react to us annexing them? I certainly don’t think they will welcome us with open arms. People are not easy to change.
    • We believe in the unalienable rights of people so why does not it apply to the Philippines?
    • What happened to equality and liberty? Is it no longer an important priority?
    • A self-governing country would be going against itself by forcing another country to do anything it does not want to do.

  • Philippians were degraded when they were annexed by the USA. Government was trying to erase the slaughter of Philippine people, similar to the Nazis in Europe.

    Taft and Teddy Roosevelt caused tremendous damage in the far east which it is now coming to light as the primary cause of Pearl Harbor otherwise there would not be such a rush in eliminating the truth of the slaughters of people in the far East which occurred prior to the Pearl Harbor. Maintain your history as it was written originally. Don't change it to satisfy modern day dreams of how great some of our ancestors were, otherwise some misguided person will rewrite the life of Jesus and Mary.

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dana.anderson says2013-09-12T13:36:01.093
I think that the united states should have annexed the Philippines because at the time they weren't stable enough to be on their own and the U.S. Didn't want another great power to take them over.
dana.anderson says2013-09-12T13:37:38.823
I also think that it was right to annex the Philippines because we had opportunities in China and we could have put a naval base there.
us-phl4ever says2014-03-31T00:04:01.950
The US have no choice but to annex the Philippines now (like what Russia did to Crimea) to contain China.
aleka_1 says2016-02-01T19:18:50.303
How would we know that the Philippines were unable to self-govern themselves, we never gave them a chance.