In the years following Lewis and Clark’s expedition, it was the United States government’s undying vision to own all of the land from sea to shining sea. This vision could possibly be contributed to the Old Testament prophet Zechariah, when he said “His rule will extend from sea to sea.” (Zechariah 9:10) The primary reason behind this idea of righteous westward expansion was American columnist John O’Sullivan’s definition of the term entitled “Manifest Destiny.” In this idea, the Americans believed that God had placed the Anglo-Saxon race, (the white race) above all others, and had allotted the continent to them. These beliefs can be connected to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and it’s well known leader, Governor John Winthrop. In particular, he stated that the colonies’ inhabitants were to be “as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people upon us.” He seemed to be claiming that the role of the ancient Israelites, possibly even the early Christians, was now being passed on to the citizens in the colony. The idea of spanning the continent in God’s name is in fact, a proper and noble act. However, it is incorrect to do so at the expense of human lives. The idea that the Americans were God’s chosen people, just as the Israelites were, is a noble, yet misinterpreted and false idea. But, what had started out as a noble and respectful idea of leadership and brotherhood, like many other noble ideas, changed over time. Instead of being an example for others to follow, and being brotherly in sharing that example with others, forced assimilation took place of understanding and tolerance. What was bred out of this was severe contempt for non-Christians, and a mislead conception that the “heathens” did not deserve such a wealth of land and resources.
Ms. Teki Akkuetteh Falconer has worked consistently on research and policy issues affecting information technology and telecommunications law in Ghana, and has worked on several legal due diligence and transaction advisory services in the ICT sector. + She formerly practiced law, and worked managing a law firm. Between 2008 and 2014, Teki worked as an ICT Legal Expert in the Ministry of Communications under the eGhana Project. Her dedication and commitment led to the development and passage of eleven (11) key legislations for the ICT sector in Ghana between 2008 and 2012. She also taught a number of informative seminars on E-Banking at the National Banking College, ICT and Telecom Law at the Ghana Telecom University College and the Ghana School of Law. She was the Secretary to the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Communications in 2009 and has been a Board Member of the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission since 2010. Teki holds an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland (2005), a Qualifying Certificate in Law from the Ghana School of Law (2003), and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghana (2001).