02/19/2016 03:21 pm ET
“Let’s make America great again”
I have been thinking about this for a while now, trying to understand what Mr. Trump means when he says that. Trying to understand why this slogan appeals to so many. Let’s suppose that America is no longer great (I don’t see how). When was America great then? What made it great? How did we stop being great? I am really at a loss here.
Here is my take. America IS great and will continue to be great as long as we remain the nation we have always been, a melting pot is what they call us. Why? Because we are known to be a nation of immigrants, a nation that has been built on the backs of immigrants. We are known for being the home of the “American Dream”, a place where as long as you work and strive you will succeed and live a full life. We are known for being a just nation where you are innocent until proven guilty, where the color of your skin or your heritage doesn’t define you or is used against you.
If these are not the things that make America great, then I completely understand Mr. Trump and his voters’ concerns as they are clearly defining America by a different standard. If we “make America great again” according to Mr. Trump, we will see a decline in immigration, we will see families torn apart with mass deportations, we will see people mistreated because of their heritage, religion or skin color, we will be telling the world that the words on our beautiful Statue of Liberty no longer apply to us.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
So maybe Mr. Trump should be more honest in his slogan and say: “Let’s change everything America stands for” because the America he wants doesn’t exist yet and hopefully never will.