Scott Horton Interviews Jacob Hornberger

Scott Horton, November 18, 2009

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Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the 1845 annexation of Texas and subsequent Mexican-American War, President James K. Polk’s determination to acquire northern Mexico by conquest after his purchase offer was refused, the U.S. immigrants who defected from the army to fight on Mexico’s side as the San Patricio battalion, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo land grab and the longstanding open-borders policy after the war’s end.

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is a regular writer for The Future of Freedom Foundation’s publication, Freedom Daily, and is a co-editor or contributor to the eight books that have been published by the Foundation.

One Response to “Jacob Hornberger”

  1. Jacob was generally right. However, I would add that there were three primary causes of the war between the Texican immigrants and Mexico.

    1. Mexico was officially a Catholic country, and most of the Texican immigrants were protestant.

    2. Mexico condemned slavery, and many of the Texican immigrants brought slaves with them and kept them as slaves.

    3. Mexico saw the invasion of protestant, slave-holding immigrants as a threat to its sovereignty, and wanted to limit immigration.

    Also, there is a myth (illustrated in the opening scene of the John Wayne movie, Red River) that Mexico was dominated by giant landholders, called Alcaldes. The reality was that the Alcaldes did not own the land, but were government overseers. The rents they collected were feudal dues and were primarily spent on public services, much as taxes are spent today.

    After the war, Americans converted the "titles" these Alcaldes into deeds of ownership and purchased the deeds, thereby dispossessing the Mexican people of their land holdings.

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