"In truth I had not wanted the islands and
had no idea what to do when they came to us
as a gift from God. I had paced the floor of
the White House nightly, even kneeling to
beg almighty God for light and guidance. Then
suddenly one night, a list of options appeared.
It would be cowardly and dishonorable to restore
them to Spain and bad business and descritable
to give them to France or Germany, our commercial
rivals in the Orient. Nor could they be abandoned
to the natives, who were unfit for self‑government
and would soon have anarchy and misrule. My only
choice, therefore, was to take the archipelago
and educate the Filipinos, and uplift and
christianize them, and by God's grace do the very
best we could by them, as our fellow men for whom
‑President McKinley in his speech to a
Methodist Missionary society, 1898
In the middle of the night
while I was praying
at the White House
begging for light and guidance
on what to do with the Philippines
I heard god's voice:
be not afraid.
I am your god,
the god who accompanied
your people in their journey
to this land of promise,
the god who brought the black cargoes
from africa to your plantations.
I was with your people
when they occupied this land
and exterminated the Sioux, the Apaches,
the Cherookees, Comanches, Iroquois, Shoshone.
I was with your people when they
fought the Mexicans in order to annex
Texas and California
It was I who made you a strong nation.
It is I who will make you the greatest,
the richest and the most powerful nation on earth.
Your dominion will expand beyond the west,
the south and even the east.
This is your manifest destiny.
It is my will that you
liberate the Philippines
from the oppression of their
Spanish colonial masters.
You must assimilate benevolently this archipelago,
educate, christianize, and civilize the natives.
If they resist go after these bandits
and turn the land into a howling wilderness
until they are pacified.
Teach them to speak our tongue so that
they will think and feel like us and
you can possess their soul.
Inculcate in them the spirit of consumption,
profit and greed.
If you do this they will
eternally be grateful to you and believe
that without you they are nothing
and they can do nothing.
The Philippines is my gift to you.
It will make you a global power.
You will build your outpost in this archipelago,
It is your gateway to the orient
and this is where you can project
your empire to Asia and the Pacific.
And you can have unlimited access to raw materials,
cheap labor and a vast captive market.
All power, all glory, all wealth
will be yours as a nation.
this is your manifest destiny.
It is I, mammon,