Padre Steve, a recipient of one of my blog awards for 2014, is a very thoughtful blogger on historical, political and religious matters, and I learned not long ago a friend of my brother in law. He’s written numerous articles about the intersection of modern politics and religious thought. This article as as good as I’ve ever seen on his site and explains the religious underpinnings behind “Manifest Destiny” in American history–a process poorly understood by most Americans, and which has disturbing applications to modern conditions. This is a long read but well worth it. Thanks to Steve for his very thoughtful analysis!