I thought since the other blogs have a pretty good discussion going about the book itself, that I would try and place it within the rest of what we have been reading. As space has become the new wild west, humanity, and Americans in particular, has put a claim to space. Although international treaties prevent individual countries from claiming pieces of outerspace, it has not prevented humanity from thinking of space as the next frontier t be explored and conquered. Since we believe we are more enlightened now, there would most likely be no outright slaughter and devastation in any new habitat we were to find, but at the same time, by the simple virtue of discovering that habitat (whether with or without sentient life) would they not feel as if affairs of that world should be allowed to leave it to whomever found it.
One thing we discovered during class (besides the fact computers don't generally help create a good discussion) is that manifest destiny, or at least the idea behind it has become complete rhetoric. As evidenced by the use of it in all the inaugural speeches, politicians feel without constantly stating the greatness and rights of America, they will lose popularity. However, it is such a piece of rhetoric that it is normally recognized as such. Why then, do politicians still seem required to state rhetoric, which does not allow them to move out of this destiny-centric view of the United States?