American expansion beyond North America to the west

By Nathan Barton

Modern technology means that the communications and access gap between the “home country” and “colonies” is largely gone.  In the days of sail – say, the British Empire before the American Revolution – it took one to two months to cross from England to the Atlantic Seaboard. Today, that is an 8-hour flight.

More to the point, when California was admitted to the Union in 1850, it was a 40-50 day trip from the Atlantic Seaboard to Los Angeles or San Francisco, via Panama.  It was a six-month journey by wagon train from Missouri.  In 1858, the first transcontinental stagecoach line took 25 days (St. Louis to San Francisco).  After 1869, the transcontinental railroad still required 6-10 from DC to California. Communications (Pony Express was faster, but still numbered in weeks) did not allow instant (or near-instant) communications between DC and California until 24 October 1861, by telegraph.

Yet California and Oregon (1859) were both admitted to the Union and functioned as States. Today, there is virtually no place on the planet that cannot be reached instantaneously by high-bandwidth communications, or by air travel within 30 hours or much less.

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Expanding by adding Canadian states?

By Nathan Barton

In the last commentaries, I’ve discussed the potential for expansion of the Fifty States – de jure and not de facto (as American forces straddle the globe today). In the last commentary, we looked at the politics and potential for adding new States in various ways.

Let us continue that discussion by zooming in on the Canadian Provinces as prospects for new American States.

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American expansion – how and where?

By Nathan Barton

In a previous commentary, I discussed the FedGov acquiring Greenland from Denmark, much as (102 years ago) the FedGov bought the US Virgin Islands. While Greenland would almost certainly not be admitted to the Union (become a state), the VI (which has about 110,000 people, or about twice that of Greenland) has been content to be just a territory.

As I pointed out in the first article, none of these overseas territories are likely to ever be admitted to the Union, primarily because of population.  Except for Puerto Rico (3.3 million), every other territory (even if Greenland were included) together barely come close to half a million people, including Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas, and Wake. Many are uninhabited completely.

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American expansion?

By Nathan Barton

By now, you may have heard that The Donald (Trump) is “obsessed” with the idea of the FedGov purchasing Greenland.  It is presently a dependent territory (“autonomous country”) of the Kingdom of Denmark, as it has been for centuries. It has less than 60,000 people in 800,000+ square miles (largest island in the world, though 83% is “water’ (including ice in glaciers).

Although there are those talking about a 51st State, I think it insane to believe that Congress would approve a mere 60,000 people being a state, with two senators and one congressman.  The advocates of Democracy (not just members of the Democratic Party) would scream and no doubt race violently into the streets against it. Almost certainly it would be a self-governing (mostly) territory like the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or Guam.  (At least stationing a few hundred Marines on it would not cause it to overturn like the idiotic congressman feared would happen to Guam.)

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Is Red China dying?

By Nathan Barton

Hong Kong is in the news a lot: protests have disrupted business and usual, and even shut down airline flights in and out of the former Crown Colony.  The protests started several months ago, because Beijing was implementing new extradition procedures to pull “criminals” from Hong Kong to other parts of China for trial. (I say “criminals” because the Communist regime has no concept of  “innocent until proven guilty”  nonsense.) It isn’t the first time – there were protests five years ago over “election reforms” pushed by Beijing.  These are becoming more violent. The normal 6,000 Red Army troops which occupy Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” rule are being reinforced by as many as 15,000 more troops massing outside the special region.

Activists fly American flags and sing Star-Spangled Banner in Hong Kong (Hong Kong old flag shown below).

I think that the days of Red China are numbered.

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So crazy it’s funny?

By Nathan Barton

I realize I keep harping on our growing epidemic of insanity.  Call it nuttiness, bad headspace timing, craziness, weirdness, or whatever.  I realize that we do get a lot more news about anything everywhere these days. Electrons are a lot cheaper than ink and column-inches on paper. There was lots of craziness in the “old days.” But it seems to be more prevalent in 2019 – even than four or five years ago.

Here are a few examples, just from one day this week:

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Guest column: Fire extinguishers and guns

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