America’s Future

From the book, Ballots and Bandwagons (1964) by Ralph G. Martin:

“But the keynote of America’s mood came from thirty-seven year old United States Senator Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana, fresh from a visit to the Philippines, who said in his maiden Senate speech, “…And of all our race, He has marked the American as His chosen Nation to finally lead in the regeneration of the world.  This is the divine mission of America, and it holds for us all the profit, all the glory, all the happiness possible to man.”

This speech was made in 1900.  Within today’s framework, though, what is America’s future in the world? What is the country’s mission? Is it a divine mission, as Beveridge suggested in 1900?

 

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