The Revolutionary War And The War Of 1812 Essay

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In 1848, the Americans saw themselves as an impenetrable force. The nation had twice proved victorious over a greater oppressing force. The Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, were glorious because they ended an injustice. In contrast, the Mexican ­American War was incited by American injustice and the corrupt dream of President Polk. President Polk was known as “Polk the Purposeful” his objective was to expand the nation (The American). The United States was not justified in going to war with Mexico for the act was hypocritical of American ideals, fought for trivial goals of a tyrant that were executed in a manner that opposed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which were established in the Declaration of Independence.
The first inalienable right introduced, is that of preserving life. It is well established that war is a poor method of preserving life. Yet, President Polk still uses the loss of life as a reason to fight. In his “Declaration of War,” Polk urges Americans to fight, claiming, Mexican troops are “shedding American blood upon American soil," to incorrectly imply that the Americans are victims, and therefore their lives are in need of protection. This sentiment is persuasive, but not accurate in this circumstance for American blood was not shed on American soil. Historically, the Nueces River had been the border between the United States and Mexico, according to Howard Zinn’s, “We take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God,”…

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