While the citizens of the country await their shackles to corporate healthcare from the ruling class, the global game of power and corporate interests continues to play out around the globe. The rules of the game were set long before Obama became President and are as institutional to the ruling class as football is to Texas. The name of the game is to win, just as any game. Winning means staying at the top of the power rankings, the status of being number one and the treasures that follow. The United States, or rather those that are on the U.S. team, which includes many outside the U.S., has been number one since the end of World War II, almost 65 years.
We’ve reached the trillion dollar mark in defense and homeland security spending. One trillion dollars per year with no end in sight. Estimates of 1000 military bases worldwide with more being built as we speak. We have more nukes, more weapons, more ships, and more fighter jets than the rest of the world combined. We won. No one can touch us. So why can’t the game be over? Why can’t we start a new game?
Manifest Destiny was a policy of imperialistic expansion defended as necessary or benevolent. “Manifest Destiny was the 19th century 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.”
“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 what was then called the “Anglo-Saxon race”.
Those beliefs or notions led to official government policies to commit genocide against the Native American peoples.
Fast forward 170 years. Manifest Destiny redux. The U.S. is still pretending to be a benevolent and necessary leader of the human race, spreading democracy and the ideals of liberty and justice for all. Westward expansion accomplished on it’s stolen continent, the expansion has gone north, south, east, and west. American interests of gold, pelts, and land have turned to interests in oil, natural gas, and corporate control.
Terrorists are still in the way, just as with the original Manifest Destiny. Native Americans were being portrayed as terrorists to the United States citizens well before the idea of Manifest Destiny was being espoused.
Geronimo surely had a different opinion as to who the real terrorists were.
The U.S. is and always has been an imperialist nation controlled by a ruling class. Since the end of the Cold War, the ruling class has had nearly free reign in expanding it’s global Manifest Destiny ambitions. Many millions of people have died or lived their lives in misery from the effects of U.S. imperialism. Those ambitions are at fever pitch in the year 2010.
This game won’t end. Not unless the American people put an end to it, which is highly unlikely. The game plan of the ruling class is the same as in 1840, and the reaction of the American people to the propaganda spread to support the actions of the ruling class is the same. The government says the terrorists are a danger to our way of life, which enables the ruling class to pursue their Manifest Destiny. Native Americans have paid the price for that. African American have paid the price. Iraqi’s, Afghani’s, Vietnamese, Koreans, Africans, Latin Americans, Eastern Europeans, all have paid the price for the Manifest Destiny of the United States of America.
I wish I could go back in time. If I had one opportunity, I’d go back to 1852 and land in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’d look up my Great (x5) Grandmother, Indiana Maxwell, and beg her to reconsider her plans to travel on that wagon train to Oregon City. I would tell her, “Grandma, we have to stop this now before it’s too late!” I’m not sure if she would understand. I know there were people back then that did understand. But as now, they are few and far between.