preview

Manifest Destiny Fiasco

Good Essays
Riddle me this: how do you get away with thieving land from another country and have it looked back on as heroic and just? The answer is, ¨be the United States.¨ Somehow, throughout history, this seems to be a recurring theme. A country, no matter how many terrible things they have wrought, are still regarded as great justices by their citizens, as mindless, sheep-like followers of the belief that their country can do no wrong. The United States is one of the greatest founders of this ideology, being able to do horrible things in their past and still wave the same flag through and through with only few eyes batted. The idea of justice is only ever held by the United States if it is in their favour, and one explicit example of this would have…show more content…
To those who are unaware of what Manifest Destiny means, Manifest Destiny was the idea that it was the U.S.’s god given right to expand across North America, ¨From sea to shining sea,¨ as the song goes. It might get hairy talking about this, due to religion being a touchy subject, so I will try my best to go about it in a way that can be respectful to all beliefs. Manifest Destiny is a self centered idea and can only lead to bad things. The idea that one type of person or one country is more superior to others, or that certain types people are less worthy of what they have is the exact idea that can lead to acts of extremism, also known as terrorism. In a magazine article from 1845 by John L. O’Sullivan he stated, ¨[O]ther nations have attempted... hostile interference against us… hampering our power, limiting our greatness and stopping the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent given to us by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.¨ You can see clearly how this blindness of believe has lead to the idea that other nations are merely obstacles getting in the way of their greatness, rather than a nation similar to their own being invaded by land-hungry
Get Access