Happiness And Happiness

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To whom does this radical statement apply? To possess all these advantages is to be liberated from the very thing that denies mankind from improving their conditions. Theoretically, every individual is eligible to peruse the bountiful resources available, and to enjoy the profits of his earnings, without fear of retribution, and from persecution while attempting to achieve these advantages. For to live without fear is to live where no man has threatened the security and stability of another; mindful instead, with what he has collected honorably. However, man ever so ambitious, can in the worst of circumstances, become consumed with greed, and lust for power, employing treacherous methods to obtain…show more content…
“Roosevelt Corollary”, as it is known, mentions the following statement, “It is our duty to remember that a nation has no more right to do injustice to another nation, strong or weak, than an individual has to do injustice to another individual. But we must also remember that it is as much the duty of the Nation to guard its own rights and its own interest as it is the duty of the individual to do so”. President Roosevelt acknowledged that the United States would not purposely cause harm, or threatened to impose in the affairs of another nation, unless provoked. In this particular instance, should another nation intercede and claim uncharted lands west of the Mississippi River, the United States would be forced to react in its defense, since it had already declared an interest to occupy vast lands. Moreover, a document to Congress known as “The Monroe Doctrine” warns European powers not to interfere in the matters of the Western Hemisphere, solidifying US interest. “The citizens of the United States cherish sentiments the most friendly, in favor of the liberty and happiness of their fellow men on that side of the Atlantic. In the wars of European powers […]. It is only when our rights are invaded, or seriously menaced, that we resent…show more content…
This despotism is exemplified on two separate occasions during early colonization of America. The first takes place in 1832, when the chief of the Choctaw tribe, George W. Harkins, wrote the “Letter to the American People”. This letter is in response to the forceful and brutal Indian removals from their land, to relocate west of the Mississippi due to American expansionism, “Although our Ancestors your ancestors [European settlers] won freedom on the field of danger and glory, our ancestors owned it as their birthright, and we have had to purchase it from you as the vilest slaves buy their freedom”. The natives Indians in America had once again hindered white Americans goals of expansionism, considering them intruders as they had in many other occasions. A similar incident took place in early 19th century, when Mexico decided to banish all Spanish born citizens who were becoming a threat to the struggling democratic system, “…the expulsion of the Spaniards [peninsulares] from Mexico [took effect once again because] Spain, which had not yet recognized Mexican Independence, was planning a reconquest of Mexico”. Mexico realized this was a potential threat to its new sovereignty, especially since it had fought to claim its independence from
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