This might not appear on the surface as relevant to WHO purpose and mission, and yet sometimes most obvious challenges and opportunities elude our personal urgencies.
Please filter the following with this idea and any others you might raise.
Relationships, at all levels (personal, business, corporate, institutional, and government) share the same common attributes.
Those attributes broadly defined include: location, belief, agenda, intention, money. For each of the attitudes about those attributes there are opposites.
U.S. Congress declares war on Mexico
On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s (a Tennessean while remembering Sam Houston and Davy Crockett) request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas.
Under the threat of war, the United States had refrained from annexing Texas after it won independence from Mexico in 1836.
In 1844, US President John Tyler restarted negotiations with the Republic of Texas, culminating with a Treaty of Annexation. The treaty was defeated by a wide margin in the Senate because it would upset the slave state/free state balance between North and South and risked war with Mexico. Relations with the United States were cut off at that time. Shortly before leaving office Tyler managed to get the joint resolution passed on March 1, 1845. Texas was admitted to the union on December 29. While Mexico didn’t follow through with its threat to declare war, relations between the two nations remained tense over border disputes.
July 1845 President Polk ordered troops into disputed lands that lay between the Neuces and Rio Grande rivers. In November Polk sent the diplomat John Slidell to Mexico to seek boundary adjustments in return for the U.S. government’s settlement of the claims of U.S. citizens against Mexico and also to make an offer to purchase California and New Mexico. After the mission failed, the U.S. army under Gen. Zachary Taylor advanced to the mouth of the Rio Grande, the river that the state of Texas claimed as its southern boundary.
Mexico, claiming that the boundary was the Nueces Riverto the northeast of the Rio Grande, considered the advance of Taylor’s army an act of aggression. April 1846 Mexico sent troops across the Rio Grande. Polk declared the Mexican advance to be an invasion of U.S. soil. May 11, 1846, Polk asked Congress to declare war on Mexico, which it did two days later.
After two years of fighting, peace was established by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1848. The Rio Grande was made the southern boundary of Texas, and California and New Mexico were ceded to the United States. In return, the United States paid Mexico the sum of $15 million and agreed to settle all claims of U.S. citizens against Mexico.
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