A noble band of renegades, inventors, and politicians met in Philadelphia on September 5, 1774 to decide what the response of the American colonies would have to the increasingly threatening British government.  Rights had been striped without just cause, innocents had been viciously killed, and the city of Boston was occupied and being economically strangled.  In reaction these historic representatives wrote the Declaration of Independence, the first document of the United States of America.  Their first resolution was that the lives of the American people would be protected at all costs.  They also resolved that the independence and autonomy of every American citizen would be respected and improved upon.  Finally, the American population would have the unalienable right to pursue happiness, through capitalism and innovation. The guiding American ideals are to protect the American people’s lives, liberties, and livelihoods at all costs; these were upheld through imperialism to the highest standards of the Founding Fathers.

The lives of the Americans were fiercely defended by the American government.  Manifest Destiny led the American people across the Great Plains.  Americans citizens pioneered across the heartland to establish stable new, prosperous live for themselves.  Native American complaints were sidelined as America began flexing its great military abilities and regional dominance.   The first wars of imperialism were fought across the modern American heartland as the United States seized lands from Native Americans to better the lives of American citizens.  A series Planes Indian Wars, land grabs that protected American interests, were used to defend the pioneers and budding American cities.  This defense of the Heartland was further strengthened by the transcontinental railroads, which spiderwebbed across the continent allowing American troops to be rapidly deployed to defend Americans in any region. The United States, and the lives of the Americans who lived there, were protected.  The general population supported these first wars of Imperialism; the army was portrayed as heroic fighters who were critical to the survival and economy of the nation.  Despite grievous, needless losses at the Battle of Little Bighorn, General Custer became a heroic martyr of his time; even the worst military blunders were met with faithful support of the public.  The Indians were put on reservations and countless Americans built new lives that benefited themselves, American, and the international economy on the previously underutilized lands. America had secured its country, shortly afterwards it pressed outwards to create protectorates and better foreign territories as well.  The Founding Fathers often wondered during the Revolutionary War if America would ever exist independently, this end result of Imperialism was a physical embodiment of those dreams.

The preservation and enhancement of American rights was the second goal of the Founding Fathers that was met with outstanding results both domestically and regionally.  American rights in the Western hemisphere were protected first under the Monroe Doctrine, which was empowered by the Roosevelt Corollary.  This later declaration of “big stick diplomacy” made it perfectly clear to the world that American interests in the hemisphere would be defended if European nations were to encroach on that.  Unchallenged power of this resolution gave American’s a natural dominance of their lesser neighbors.  When interests in Hawaii were threatened the local Americans justly defended their property and investments.  When the Hawaiian government had grown hostile to American interests, the local Americans orchestrated a coup d’état and took control of the islands and established the pro-American Republic of Hawaii.  American’s international influence had grown to the point where its citizens could defend their liberties of representation regardless of the hostility of local government without even officially intervening.  The American people became liberators of foreign nations in a simultaneous move, gaining the moral high ground as they annexed ex-Spanish colonies.  After the Treaty of Paris of 1898 the United States took control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.  Despite revolts on these islands America was able to guide all these nations towards independence, nurturing their young democracies to cherish their own people.  The American people even extended basic liberties to foreigners, over time; giving them the ability to dictate their own government rather than be ruled by an autocratic colonial government.  Each new right in America was mirrored later in her territories; in all these regions today both men and women have the right to vote, there is no segregation, and except for Cuba, they have stable economies.  The civil rights of the American people bloomed in the United States and spread across the Western Hemisphere.

The pursuit of happiness of the American people was a core pillar of the republic from its inception; it still remains at the heart of the American spirit.  Dollar diplomacy began to be a growing aspect of American foreign affairs.  Using strategic loans the United States government was able to stabilize countries across Latin America.  This prevented European powers from occupying countries in the Western hemisphere, just as Britain had done when it seized Egypt’s Suez Canal.  With this imperial policy partnered with capitalism American influence spread rapidly.  One historic example of this is the Panama Canal.  Staging a coup d’état in Panama, backed by American naval presence, America took control of the Panamanian Canal Zone.  Capitalism inspired investors to construct the canal; secondary effects resulted in the eradication malaria in the region, thousands of happily employed workers, and influx of capital, and linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to begin a new age of faster trade that benefited everyone.  American supremacy reigned unquestioned in the region and Americans existed in a state of near bliss.  While the countries of Europe armed itself for World War One, the costliest conflict on human history, America’s economy grew in leaps and bounds by profiting off these hostilities.  Americans began to believe in Pax Americana.  The European powers eroded each other’s strength and America was left alone at the top, achieving the status of global superpower.  Everyone was ecstatic, every able bodies man could be employed and live a good life.  The United States citizens believed that their institutions and way of life was the best in the world; arguably, they were.  The Founding Fathers set out to construct a democracy that flourished into the world’s leading power; their deepest unspoken wishes had materialized as democracy spread across the hemisphere.

The United States valued the lives, liberties, and happiness of its citizens above all else and succeeded because of it.  Imperialism was used to serve these values, creating high standards of living and peace wherever America went.   Some dissidents denounce this progress as humanitarian war crimes.  Morally, they are correct; practically, they are naive.  Without conquering foreign lands America would not be able to defend itself or even exist.  The Founding Fathers stole land from the British empire to found this great democracy; a country which later saved the world from tyranny of Kaiser Wilhelm the Second,  the communist autocracy of Joseph Stalin, and ushered in an age of innovation, modernization, prosperity, and peace unlike anything humanity had ever seen.  This practical reality, with Imperialism, is better than morally correct alternate history that would have weakened America to the point of disappearance.

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