The “border wall,” NAFTA… are hot topics right now with the Trump administration in regard to Mexico. But here’s something not being talked about in regard to Mexico. In the book Mexico in World History (Oxford Press), its noted that the Mexican Territory used to encompass the land from what is now Texas, through what is now the whole southwest U.S., all the way north to the Oregon Country. Then President James Polk (elected in 1844) had “expansionist” aspirations, ginned up a reason for the Mexican/American War, and, between 1836 and 1853, Mexico lost half it’s land — as this former land was ceded to the U.S. following the war. Translated: America, in wholesale fashion, stole the land. And now, we’re hyper-sensitive about, for instance, some Mexicans coming back into, well, land that should be rightfully theirs in the first place. You know, we say America was built on “Judeo Christian values.” However if you squarely look at us stealing this land, if you squarely look at us stealing all the land from the Native Americans (not to mention killing 20 million of them), it, well, doesn’t exactly “square” with “Judeo Christian values” at all. That is, if you’re reading the New Testament. What’s more, if we stole the land — shouldn’t we be coming up with creative ways to make amends for stealing it? My presidency wouldn’t be about more “expansionism,” but rather it would be about reversing expansionism in some creative, tangible social justice ways. America First? That’s what got us into these spiritual problems in the ‘first’ place.