While I cannot claim to enjoy the message of this cartoon which promotes racism towards people who are legally attempting to better themselves in a country which promises "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." However, I will admit that I find the artists rendition of the situation humorous and visually interesting. My favorite aspect of the cartoon is the facial expression of the Asian which is demonic in a humorous way.
This political cartoon depicts the effect of the Monroe Doctrine which went into effect in 1823. This doctrine declared that any act of colonization or interference in North or South America would be seen as an act of aggression and would necessitate US intervention. This cartoon demonstrates the distinct line which the European rulers could not cross without invoking the wrath of the United States. The artist seems to have a positive view of the Monroe Doctrine as the words "KEEP OFF: The Monroe Doctrine must be respected" appear at the bottom of the cartoon. Additionally the artist depicts the European rulers as ornate and sinister while the United States guard is depicted as a strong and morally upright individual. Personally I am a fan of this cartoon because of the intense detail of the characters involved, especially the European Rulers. I honestly do not know what my feelings are regarding the doctrine itself but I respect it as a historical piece of American policy which was intended to prevent foreign intervention of the United States.