"We struck at Pullman because we were without hope," says one of the participants in the nationwide Pullman Car Strike that begins on this day in 1894. George Pullman, owner of a luxurious "sleeping car" for trains, enacted a fierce, paternalistic control over his workers, working them 16 hours a day and demanding exorbitant rent in the company town. In the depression of 1893 wages were cut 25-40 percent, but the rents stayed the same. Earlier this month a group of workers had implored Pullman to redress the situation; he fired three of them. Gatling guns and federal troops crushed the strike in midsummer.
To begin with, Texas was still on Mexican soil. Santa Anna had signed a treaty with the early Texans for personal gain, when he never had the authority or permission from the Mexican government to do. It is kind of like what the treaty President Obamma did with Iran and how the Republican's in congress now say it isn't a big thing to reneged on now because Congress didn't approve it, and as you know, we did back out and Iran is making weapons again. President Polk knew this when he sent a small troop of US soldiers led by Ulyssess S. Grant, into the territory riding high in their horse on a "expedition." Of course, the larger Mexican army there fired on them and a few soldiers were killed and Polk had his "False Flag" to start a war with Mexico.
As Ulysses S. Grant would recall some years later: "We were sent to provoke a fight, but it was essential that Mexico should commence it."
A few days later, President Polk gave his False Flag speech:
The cup of forbearance had been exhausted even before the recent information from the frontier of the Del Norte (Rio Grande). But now, after reiterated menaces, Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil. She has proclaimed that hostilities have comme3nced, and that the two nations are now at war.
In the end, based on this lie, the US got what it wanted: Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and California, and the map of the USA looks as it does today.
So, boys and girls, next time you hear Donald Trump yell, "Build That Wall," thank baby jesus Mexico never did when we were invading their land.
Sad but true.