“Make America Great Again” has been the slogan for the last four years…and there’s nothing wrong with it, we can still use it, we just need to have a better idea of what GREAT is.
We have been, and still are a great people. We the people, the real nation, as individuals, still send help whenever bad things happen to other human beings, an earthquake, a hurricane, a drought, Americans, by the thousands open their wallets…and by the hundreds like the members of Team Rubicon
( https://teamrubiconusa.org/ ) or the Red Cross Volunteers, hop on planes to help.
Most communities are served by volunteer fire departments, people willing to invest their time to serve a community that often doesn’t know the investment they make. Pro bono lawyers trying to help people in a bind. We are moved to help.
Somewhere along the line though, our leaders seem to have lost every shred of their idealism in favor of party politics and self-interest. The “Make America Great Again” movement led by our recent President was a wave of “America first” that could never usher in an era of greatness. Think about when our nation was truly great, during the Marshall Plan after WWII, in the 60’s with the Great Society and the Peace Corp (in spite of its political baggage). We have been our greatest, even our most prosperous when we have been the most generous. There is not a time when grasping and covetousness has led to our greatness or our prosperity.
Our ideals, what we think as Americans we are about, generosity, innovation, justice, mercy; these are all things that have to be paid for. Corporate America, or Corporate World, wants us to believe Globalism is the answer, but it’s a race to the bottom. If we want to be great we need to pay for the things we make, a living wage for all products we buy, compensation for “down winders,” pollution control both at home and in the third world where we like to make messy things. American interests should be an interest in people, not cheap raw materials or processing, not sweat shop products. We should be willing to pay a fair price for what we buy and that should include a fair return, trying to charge all you can, or trying to pay as little as possible only penalizes the desperate, the desperate business, the desperate consumer, or the desperate worker.
Machiavelli played the short game and was uninterested in the human cost, much like one of our recent presidents and many of our congressional representatives, only interested in short term points for their party. We need to work for the long game, we need to care.
So let’s dust off the plaque in the Statue of Liberty, let’s take our eyes off the dollar, the party, the self-interest, and let’s make America great again.