Posted by: johnhourihan | April 3, 2017

What does, “Make America Great Again” mean?


I posted this first a little over a year ago.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, when President elect Trump says, “Make America Great Again,” he means to bring it back to a time when a man didn’t kick someone when they were down, a man’s word was his bond something as good as a signed contract, when a man who was down on his luck could “put it on the cuff” to feed his family, when more affluent people felt it was a privilege to help feed those who were less fortunate, when doctors billed patients according to their ability to pay, when the pews of a church were filled on Sunday with good Christians, when a man’s worth was not decided by the content of his bank account or the color of his skin, when Christians were people who were happy to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, heal the sick, and do it without judging those they helped, when the arbitrary boundaries between countries did not give us an excuse to hate or kill, when money was still the root of all evil and having a lot of it did not make you a good man or woman, when we trusted those in our government to try to do what was right, and when white supremacists and other racists were looked down on as people who were stupid and didn’t know any better. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was a time he was shooting for? But I really don’t think any of that is on his time-warp radar. I think it might be a bit more realistic. I think he means back to a time when there were no unions or civil rights laws, or women’s rights laws, or any regulations on industry. I believe he means to a time when the government didn’t step in to help those who were being worked to death and not being paid enough money to feed a family, back to a time when our fathers could red-line entire cities and towns to make sure the neighborhood didn’t go to Hell, and back to a time when we could invade smaller countries because we could, and under-paid migrant workers were the lifeblood of corporate farms, and back to a time when those who complained about any of it could be legally silenced with bullying, a time when women knew their place, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen with their mouths shut, and minorities knew their place in the back of the bus, and only affluent white men could be certain that “those laws don’t apply to us.” In short, back to a time when we had “liberty and justice for some white people.”
I’m afraid those who voted for Mr. Trump may have felt the first part of this was the goal. It never was. The second part is. And now you are beginning to understand.

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Responses

  1. I remember this. Glad you re-posted it. I was wrong with my response back then. I thought it would take a yr. or two but you are right they are starting to understand! Understand what Trump great means.


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