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Armageddon or Manifest Destiny

Monday, January 24th, 2005

    In Mr. Bush’s inauguration speech he said these words which set off alarms around the world, “The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.” George H.W. Bush said that people were making too much of the speech, but considering our history it is no wonder that the world is taking notice.

   In SEYMOUR M. HERSH’s article, THE COMING WARS it says, “Bush has an aggressive and ambitious agenda for using that control—against the mullahs in Iran and against targets in the ongoing war on terrorism—during his second term.” This has the world thinking that Mr. Bush’s concept of expansion has little to do with freedom or terrorism.  Instead it sounds more like the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny.

   Manifest Destiny Doctrine is still in effect, which holds that America has a destiny to the world as ancient Israel and Christianity did. In one way I can agree, if we help to lift up the living standards of all human beings by example and financial support then America does have a purpose in the world. Unfortunately, most see the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny as a battle cry for conquest.

   The similarities to Christianity and this Doctrine are amazing. In the beginning of Christianity the Saints died to bring their message to the world not by force but by servitude. In later centuries Christianity was brought to the world by the sword, with the choice to convert or die. Most of us know that true Christianity cannot be spread by force and neither can Democracy and Freedom.  The fellowing is a little history of this doctrine.

In 1845, a democratic leader and influential editor by the name of John L. O'Sullivan gave the movement its name. In an attempt to explain America's thirst for expansion, and to present a defense for America's claim to new territories he wrote:

“…. the right of our manifest destiny to over spread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federaltive development of self government entrusted to us. It is right such as that of the tree to the space of air and the earth suitable for the full expansion of its principle and destiny of growth.” (Brinkley 352)

Manifest Destiny became the rallying cry throughout America. The notion of Manifest Destiny was publicized in the papers and was advertise and argued by politicians throughout the nation. The idea of Manifest Destiny Doctrine became the torch, that lit the way for American expansion. Click here for more.


   The question is what should be the role of America in the world?