During the past year, the catch phrase, “Let’s make America great, again” has cropped up, again and again, ironically. The irony is that, even though America has had every opportunity to be great, regrettably, it has not yet earned the right to use that adjective to describe itself. How great can a nation really be where a presidential candidate can propose that a woman be punished for choosing to have an abortion, while not holding the male involved responsible in any way and that candidate’s supporters not even bat an eye at such an archaic notion?
Voicing rumors which threaten the reputation of one’s opponent without credible support should be frowned upon, yet the prevailing sentiment is that said tactic is acceptable. Once upon a time, this would have been considered distasteful, if not a suable offense. Campaign managers, political pundits, and agents all across the spectrum of industry and commerce have created illusions using their vague and evasive verbiage that once would have been called slanderous. Allowing individuals, elected public servants and corporate entities the shield and convenience of plausible deniability — excusing their psychologically, economically, and morally harmful verbal assaults or denials as weapons, giving them the advantage over their victims — has the potential to cause irreparable damage to those victims. Bullies led by those with mob boss mentalities will merely widen the gulf separating the country.
Just how can America become truly great?
Few want to be held responsible. Their sophomoric claims affecting the quality of life for everyday people have no credible basis, at all; their incompetency is unchallenged, ignored, protected or downplayed to prevent little, if any, recourse for relief to those their inept actions adversely affect. Americans have a long history of allowing and applauding such dishonorable acts. America must remember why there is an “America,” in the first place. It was not to bring what they left behind in the “Old World” to the “New World.”
Too many grown ups have lost the time-honored art of logical thinking. Generally, people just want to enjoy life — a life that they can afford to live and enjoy. It’s high-time that society and America grew up. The solution is not to return to the way things have been done in the past. They didn’t work then; they won’t work now.