"Manifest Destiny", Adequate or Not .
As I look back at time I sit and ponder, " Was Manifest Destiny an adequate reason for the conquest of the lands that contain the United States. "In 1845, John O'Sullivan, editor of the influential Democratic Review, coined the phrase "Manifest Destiny" to describe this vision of a United States stretching from Atlantic to Pacific." Manifest Destiny is a policy of imperialism rationalized as inevitable as if granted by God and a term that refers to the desire of the "United States to expand from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean that began in the mid-nineteenth century used to justify the U.S. annexation of Oregon, New Mexico, and California and later U.S. involvement in Alaska, .
Hawaii, and the Philippines". The idea of Manifest Destiny was based on the idea that America had a divine providence. It had a future that was destined by God to expand its borders, with no limit to area or country. As a strong believer in God I do believe that Manifest Destiny was an adequate reason for the conquest of the lands that contain the United States.
The Americans in the 1800's believed that it was the historic duty of their nation to expand to the Pacific Ocean. They believed that the land was rightfully theirs. They ignored the fact that the land was already occupied and began to move west. They did not recognize the Indians as people, they saw them as potential slaves, so they simply killed them and took their land. The Americans were willing to do anything to get the land they needed " Seek peace and persue it" (Ps 34:14) were the words they were living by. Some people may say that it was not right but if they would not have did that we would not have what we have now. As we know we have to work hard for whatever we want and this is what our founding fathers did to expand the U.S. .
The first reason I chose to agree with the term Manifest Destiny is that many Americans at that time agreed that it was the right thing to do.