Manifest Destiny, it’s what drove Americans during the mid-nineteenth century to expand westward due to the belief that America had a divine obligation to stretch their boundaries. This belief that God himself gave Americans the right to take by any means necessary and conquer that land. Manifest Destiny is linked to and can be seen as its own “frontier”. Seeing as the Frontier has become a metaphor for progress, what better constitutes progress than expansion westward to further the creation of American Identity and its superiority.
In present day we no longer use divinity as reason for occupying other nations (or similar situations) for whatever reason it may be. We have reclaimed this definition it is no longer because it is our God given right as Americans, it is simply because we are Americans and we constitute such power and superiority that is our right.
Is this because American Identity has already been shaped and instead we need to reassert that identity?