Why do Americans still strongly believe that Manifest Destiny is our right and privilege?
Because the law of the jungle is conquer or be conquered. There is power in numbers. Whoever has the best military runs the world or at least can keep their enemies at bay. America has its power and freedom due to the understanding that people cannot be trusted. Some country always wants to take you down. The bigger you are, the better. Just like when China took over Tibet. Tibet was powerless. There was nothing they could do. Thats how you grow. By taking over another's land. Thus, manifest destiny is the way. Same with North and South Korea. North Vietnam and South.The strong devours the weak, even in nature.
I'm not sure they do. Our "Manifest Destiny" to continually move westward finally stopped dead in China in 1949, Korea in 1951 and South Vietnam in 1975. Now we have economic parity with the Far East (to us, the Far West) and we treat with them as equals. Since the 1980s, we've been in debt to Japan and China and the world power center is shifting back to the Orient after a 500-year hiatus.
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