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In these continuing articles it is my intention to explain how both parties, Democrat and Republican, have corrupted our economic system by selling their allegiances to the highest bidders!
Ask the Politically Correct!
What was "Manifest Destiny"?
Politically Correct Resolution:
Manifest Destiny was the 19th century American belief that the United States was destined to expand across the North American continent, from the Atlantic Seaboard to the Pacific Ocean. It was used by Democrats in the 1840s to justify the war with Mexico; the concept was denounced by Whigs (Republicans), and fell into disuse after the mid-19th century.
Advocates of Manifest Destiny believed that expansion was not only wise but that it was readily apparent (manifest) and inexorable (destiny).
The concept of American expansion is much older, but John L. O'Sullivan coined the exact term "Manifest Destiny" in the July/August 1845 issue of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review in an article titled "Annexation." It was primarily used by Democrats to support the expansion plans of the Polk Administration, but the idea of expansion faced opposition from Whigs like Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and Abraham Lincoln (the first Republican President) who wanted to deepen the economy rather than broaden its expanse. John C. Calhoun was a notable Southern Democrat who generally opposed his party on the issue, which fell out of favor by 1860.
Thus, the Civil War where the South wanted to retain there unpaid employees (Slaves) and the North wanted to take advantage of this cheap labor source (New Slavery). Gee! that is same thing they are doing today. Moving jobs overseas to take advantage of cheap labor sources in foreign countries. In addition, the Southern Plantation owners were shipping, mainly Cotton and Tobacco, directly overseas and Northern factions wanted their cut of these actions. During the Civil War there were Northern Suppliers to both the North and South who made fortunes on "Hedging their Investments". What happened after the South Lost? Northern factions moved in and took over the vanquished plantations and many freed? slaves moved north and took low paying manufacturing jobs. Oh! what a coincident! The argument between secession and slavery as the cause for this war still continues.
Manifest Destiny was always a general notion rather than a specific policy. The term combined a belief in expansionism with other popular ideas of the era, including American exceptionalism, Romantic nationalism, and a belief in the natural superiority of people of English descent. While many writers focus primarily upon American expansionism when discussing Manifest Destiny, others see in the term a broader expression of a belief in America's "mission" in the world, which has meant different things to different people over the years. (Although, Manifest Destiny was aimed at Nationalism it was the beginning of it's eventual goal of internationalism).
The belief in an American mission to promote and defend democracy throughout the world (Internationalism), as expounded by Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson, continues to have an influence on today's American political ideology. (Wikipedia used mostly for this article)
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