Make America Great Again: A Different View to a Controversial Slogan
Innovate Your Minds
Sequenced facts; I know most would prefer reading this method of writing. However, this method bores me to tears. I know…I know…in certain types of literature and storytelling; I think you should get the facts straight, but I know I’m not that type of reader. I want to read an eclectic view on what may be a boring subject otherwise. So, my writing style here is opinionated, sometimes in-your-face, unique, but at times, compiled with some facts; IF I feel they are needed to bring my point across.
I like to blend. And what I mean by that is; I may put my initial thought together with an inspiration. Well, more times than not I do this. My pieces are not those neat packages with pretty bows on top. I thought about writing a straight-forward piece here today like that, and then came to the conscious awareness that NO; I will not change my process of writing to suit the needs of the readers who will keep me in a category of just another writer.
Your Words Still Inspire
A Time-Warp Back to the 80s: A Theme of Inspiration For Today
It is important for me to expand my views and subject matter. I know some will say that I will never make it to popularity status within the writing world; you can’t be that 80s Madonna anymore when you’re forty-five like me. Comparing that with today’s Madonna, she is not maintaining her past status, but has fought hard to retain her unorthodox way she made the music industry her own. My point in saying this is to commend her-good for her! In today's world, her uniqueness has fizzled like a coke left out on the table with the cap off. However, don’t fault her for keeping it real to whom she is. We can’t all be that type of perfect forever, but we can pave the way, and inspire someone behind us to look at themselves and whatever talent they possess in the same way she did back then.
It is the influence of Madonna, and the unique style of the artists back in that era that gave me the inspiration to blend what is going on today to then. This isn’t easy for me to do, which makes it a fun challenge for me to write about, and write about it in a way that makes perfect sense. I may know exactly what I mean, and it’s simple, but it may take a person with complete logic on everything that has happened within this world, past and present, to understand me. I might not play well to the millennials in this one, or I may play better to their intelligence than I do the older crowd. You just never know about these things.
You Can't Make Something Great Again When Great Isn't Reality of Progress: A Progressive America is Good, and Not Meant to Be Great
Now, let me continue with the subject I want to discuss and bring the inspiration I mentioned into the reader’s view. “Make America Great Again!” We know this as our new President elect’s slogan, and for most of us, who have a considerable view of past America to today’s America, that slogan SUCKS! It may be strange to some that I didn’t vote for this President; for all intents and purposes, he is quite unique isn’t he. When it comes to the political process of being a President of this United States, he is non-typical. However, when I, this weekend, time-warped in my own mind back to my young age in the 80s, I realized how completely bad, his slogan was.
Again, this life has been a roller-coaster ride. It’s constant ups and downs have made me feel uneasy. I have lived with extreme losses and disappointments. I’ve written about these a lot, but I can’t blame America and its way of progress for it, and I can’t look back to some good days I did have as a young girl in the 80s and then say our forward progress has made it not great. That’s why I didn’t stand behind Donald Trump. As he may seem to be the person of difference we search for in the political arena, he actually is not. He wants to make America’s progress go backwards; not back to the eighties, not backward even to the fifties, but back to a time where racism was not being fought against. Times where we didn’t work towards cures for illnesses, and ways to maintain the environment that we live in. So, in that way, he will allow it to become a place that is not able to be inhabited by anyone or anything. And it’s strange, because he can’t, himself, live without our progress of TECHNOLOGY. He is a TWITTER junkie.
Was it Ever Bad???
Take Your Own Trip Back in Time and Ask Yourself; Did I Ever Live In an America that I Felt Was Bad??
I would encourage anyone who is reading this, no matter what age you are, to look back as far as you can, and think about his slogan and ask yourself these questions: Has America ever been great? Or, has it been good and getting better, just like a progressive country should? Then, think about what America stands for; does it stand to house and keep a certain race and religion, or does the 14th Amendment of the Constitution stand, which verifies that all men are and will be created equally? Here, I’ll list the sections for reference:
- All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
- Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state,
- being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.
- No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
- The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
- The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Donald Trump Vs. The Constitutions 14th Amendment
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I'm No History Buff, But I Pay Attention
It is hard for me, and I know for many others to grasp the reality of what has taken place here recently with this new elected President. If you read the above sections of the Amendment, then the fourth section should have caught your eye and made you think about who we have now put in that seat of authority.
I am not a history buff. I don’t claim to know all, but some older individuals who lived a good twenty years or so longer than me, have challenged me to what I do know. I have had to argue that though I wasn’t quite old enough to get the full experience of the time which came before me, that I have lived since the 70s, and I have, like everyone else, been taught our history. Though, I will admit, for a long time in my younger years, it did not interest me, but that just goes more to the privileged life we have led here in America. Even though I was from the poor side of town, I still got many advantages America provides. We have had so much better than a lot of countries, and that is the reason why so many envy us. Are they going to look up to our country now? Are they laughing at our complete ignorance of choice for our next President? I think yes, and I say, they have every right to do so.
Bruce Springsteen (The Boss) in 1985, and He Still Sings it Today
My Deep and Final Thoughts
My final thoughts here is this; I had an epiphany. It started with my weekend of listening to songs and remembering life as a young girl in the era of the 80s. I then started thinking deeply about this crazy slogan that many had adopted from our new elected President. I couldn’t help but think how silly it all was. I couldn’t help but be sad by the fact that all the progress we have made, up until now, may be going backwards at a fast pace. I hope I’m wrong. I really would like to see things keep progressing. However, how do we trust a man that has been so vocal about what he opposes? And what he opposes is everything we have stood for since back in the days when Lincoln was President. That is a very long time, folks! How did we get to our present day??
I focused on my life in the 80s, but I bet no matter your age, if you live in America, you will remember good times and plenty of opportunities we have had here that many other countries have not. No, it has never been perfect here. We have had rough times, and we will continue to do so, but we are a nation that stands together. We are the country that others have depended on for help, because we are rich in promise and hope. How is that bad? We are made up of the whole world, and have always held our heads high for that. Why is this slipping away from us, because someone wanted to feed his ego and win the Presidency by lying to the people of America. I promise that man has never knew an awful America. I have known a bad life, but not a bad America to the point that he tries to play out. Think about it; we are and always have been the lucky country. Why would you let someone tell you different? These are just some things to think about.
I will end this conversation now, but I hope you enjoyed the different way I put this hub together and brought focus to my point. If you lived in the 80s, please enjoy the throwback songs, and if you didn't, please take the time to enjoy the memories of the era.
A Song that Defined the 80s and Stands as a Symbol of America
Do you have an opinion about my opinions?
James Brown 1985
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