. . . [J]ust beyond the Philippines are
China's illimitable markets. . . We will not renounce our part
in the mission of our race, trustee of God, of the civilization
of the world. . . Where shall we turn for consumers of our surplus?.
. . China is our natural customer. . . [England, Germany and Russia]
have moved nearer to China by securing permanent bases on her
borders. The Philippines gives us a base at the door of all the
East. . . They [the Filipinos] are a barbarous race, modified
by three centuries of contact with a decadent race [the Spanish].
. . It is barely possible that 1,000 men in all the archipelago
are capable of self-government in the Anglo-Saxon sense. . . The
Declaration [of Independence] applies only to people capable of
self-government. How dare any man prostitute this expression of
the very elect of self-government peoples to a race of Malay children
of barbarism, schooled in Spanish methods and ideas? And you,
who say the Declaration applies to all men, how dare you deny
its application to the American Indian? And if you deny it to
the Indian at home, how dare you grant it to the Malay abroad.
Congressional Record, 56th Congress,
1st session, 704-711. Full speech available at http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/ajb72.htm.