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Make America Great Again: A Different View to a Controversial Slogan

Updated on December 5, 2016
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  

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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.

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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???

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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.


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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

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      Lori Colbo 5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I've never thought the slogan through as you have, but here are my thoughts when I first heard it.

      First, it's a slogan, and candidates feel they have to have one to keep people's focus and convince people you will make them happy. It has to be short and catchy. They tell you what you want to hear or what they think you want to hear.

      Second, I laughed when I first read it because this country is such a complex mess, no one president or term or two is sufficient to make it great again.

      Third, I don't think when he made it he was thinking far back, only the recent eight years because Obama has had such a bad reputation and many people think he was divisive, and many other things. (I'm not going to give personal opinion on obama, trump or Clinton).

      Forth, NO ONE EVER keeps their campaign promises. As soon as they're sworn in all bets and promises are off.

      You have some good insights here. I did three or so political satires on trump, Clinton, other candidates, and obama and threw them all under the bus to make my points. I took one down and wish I hadn't deleted it. I'm glad the election is over.

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      Missy Smith 5 months ago from Florida

      This Hub is not to keep an argument going on an election that's over, lambservant. DT won, and we all have to accept it even if some of us will never truly accept him. A lot of people went 8 years never truly accepting OBAMA and talking freely about that, so it's everyone's right to voice a dislike.

      You are certainly right, no one ever really keeps their campaign promises, but they do work towards trying to. Donald's whole focus, in my opinion, has switched since he won. He is now focused on what he wants to happen not the people. Pretty much he's discussed doing very few things he built his campaign on. It's like he made the babies in the world cry, he won, now he's putting a pacifier in their mouths and ignoring them while he decides on things that will suit his own needs. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but we shall see as time goes on. How do you like his new found friendship with OBAMA who he calls for advice on a regular basis now? Interesting isn't it?

      The slogan is just something that popped in my head when I was pondering thoughts while listening to 80s songs. And as you say it is just a slogan, but it must be pretty important to him, he's still trying to profit from it. Plus, I understand you think he was talking about how America wasn't great through Obama's term, but I just ran across an interview with Donald on Oprah in the 80s still discussing how he believed America wasn't the best. It was ironic!

      Honestly, when I write a Hub it usually comes from left field, or out of the blue. It will be a thought in a moment, I don't give it many words until it appears in my head. I explained that this one came up by enjoying my trip back to the past. Then the silly slogan popped in my head for some reason and I just thought; we were never great, but we were always good compared to the rest of the world. Even so, we have become a very greedy nation. Donald feeds off greed. That's All! Very simple really.

      Thanks so much for your insightful comment. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting as always, Missy. I grew up during the Sixties...went to college in the late Sixties. There were many who though the country would dissolve during those times. We survived...and that's what we'll do now. We'll find a way out of this mess. It may be painful but we will make it.

      I have to believe that!

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      Missy Smith 5 months ago from Florida

      Exactly, Bill, that's definitely what I feel as Americans we are made of. We are made up of surviving through difficult times. That's what I feel is good about America; not great, but good on a continuing spectrum of contentment through perseverance.

      I know a lot will make this about my dislike for our new President, and I guess it kind of is. He will have to prove to me, and many others, that he is going to be a part of every American; the Americans who are different race and religion as well as poor and needy.

      Sometimes, I wonder if he could even answer the question of what would make America great again? Because, even though its good, and always has been, it will never be great. Nothing is ever great! We are lucky though, and even when we have faced some very bad times we stood well in cooperation as a nation. Who can deny we have been the wealthiest when it comes to sticking with each other and working towards more opportunities?

      Even though we may not have agreed with each other all the time through the years, it's been a come together atmosphere on the important issues and through tragedies. I think this is why many have gotten a bit of anxiety since we have this President now. He started to divide us during the campaign, so how will he keep us together? He will either find a way to bring us all to unison again, or separate us further in disagreement. We will just have to wait and see. He is a bit extreme.

      Like I explained in this hub and to lambservant, my thoughts come out of left field sometimes, and I don't expect everyone to get me or what I talk about. You don't really have to; it's just one person's opinion and my way to express it. :) Thanks so much for the support here! ~Missy

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      MizBejabbers 5 months ago

      To say “we will make America great again” seems to be a reference to our being crap today. Are we crap?

      I like your sentence that a country is a work in progress, and I mostly agree with your analysis. I don’t think that Trump is just referring to just the 14th Amendment that he wants to cancel out, but a lot of that slogan refers to bringing back industry and jobs to the people. He will never be able to accomplish that unless he does it one factory at a time. How many terms would that take? The Carrier deal sets a very dangerous precedent, as economists and politicians are saying.

      I took an American history course in college under a professor who analyzed the stages the U.S. went through, one by one, and he was broadminded enough to bring out the fallacies (warts) of our country’s actions during those times. For instance, the Monroe Doctrine, which he pointed out was as much as, if not more of, an aggressive power play and dominance than a protection of these weaker countries. Those were some of the days we were referred to as “great.”

      Few of us living today went through the “Great Depression” as our parents and grandparents did. In those days, the U.S. was not great, and one reason our top politicians were wanting to go to war was because at that time war could enrich the Allied powers financially. I am a WWII baby, so I lived through that war, and thanks to a phenomenal memory that I used to have, I remember it very well. I also remember this country’s being brought back from near collapse to the greatest economy we’ve ever had. That is all gone now, and so are our natural resources that we used to bring financial success.

      Today those politicians salivating over another war seem to forget that the world has used up its resources that 20th Century technology was built upon. The Powers That Be are also unwilling to look ahead to new 21st Century resources like wind and solar. Another war would devastate us, not make us great again. I say this because I’m afraid the Trump-Putin coalition that involves some of our biggest Republicans are in the salivating category.

      Yes, Trump is an immature Twitter addict. Do we need to send him to Twitter Anonymous (LOL) before he is sworn in as President?

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      Missy Smith 5 months ago from Florida

      I agree with you on all points here, MizB. The purpose for placing the 14th amendment is because, I feel when we really talk about this message of America being great again, we must include all Americans whatever the race or religion. America is all the people who live and were born here.

      I do know he is also referring to the economy. Of course he is, he is all business, and I think if he feels he can make that part of America "good" again, then do it. However, he will not do it by not raising minimum wages and that Carrier deal just brought up more questions than answers to the problem it seems. I don't know. I didn't read too much about that. I can only make a small observation there.

      My full focus has been on the people and how dangerous he is making our country by out-casting immigrants. He has terrified many, and just today another incident occurred from all the false hype he fueled during his campaign. It's so illiterate what some of these people actually believed about Hillary Clinton and her people.

      I think it is amazing what people lived through back in depression days. I know my grandparents lived through them, and my grandfather was in WWII along with a sibling who was killed there. My grandmother talked about the depression a little, but I suppose she didn't want to speak of it much. Even then, I bet there was a determination to keep going forward in a positive way; hoping for no more war and living in a peaceful nation. Going ahead with determination of progression, that is what we stand for here, isn't it? Maybe that's what Donald wants as well, but he has yet to convince most of us of that.

      Nevertheless, the focal point I wanted to keep here, in my unique round-a-bout way was that we have so much history behind us, but there has not once been a time that it hasn't been a fight to make it better. Living, especially in America, is all about progress and going forward, never back. You can't really say that it has ever been great, but it's been good, because we have made progress. The jury is still out on whether or not Donald will destroy all that we have stood for, fought for, and progressed through to keep it at a livable status. It's a little scary how many people don't see his ridiculous antics as a cause for concern in regard to him running this country. I'm baffled! Lol....

      Thank you for reading and commenting, MizB! I always love to read your thoughts on the subjects I discuss here. :)

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      Sanxuary 5 months ago

      I thought the real slogan was make Trump great. Its back to the re-education camp for us. To make America great you need to have a lot of people to do it. People who have a real plan and to make a real plan you have to solve the problems that destroyed the plans that once made us great, when ever that was.

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      Missy Smith 5 months ago from Florida

      I think you said it correct, Sanxuary. The slogan is more about continuing his ego boost. America was never great. Yes, you must have the right people to help out, and only they can make it good not great. It's a nice thought, but nothing ever will be perfect. It can be happy and sustainable though; "If" the right people are making the correct decisions. :) Thanks for the comment!

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      MizBejabbers 5 months ago

      Did you see the fake tweet that Gen. Flynn's son, Michael Flynn Jr. sent and that Repubs are passing it along for the truth. Apparently it started as an email, and eople are believing it. Police arrested some guy who walked in to a Washington, DC pizza place with an assault rifle. He actually drove 4 hrs. to investigate a Repub email rumor that Hillary and Podesta are running a pedophilia sex ring out of a pizza parlor basement. Of course it was fake, and besides, the pizza parlor didn't have a basement.

      http://www.businessinsider.com/jake-tapper-pizzaga...

      Michael Flynn is our in-coming security adviser for Trump. Some security, huh. So this is what is "going to make America great!"

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      Missy Smith 5 months ago from Florida

      Yes, I definitely heard about this one, and cannot begin to fathom how idiotic some people are to believe these things. My Goodness!! How can these people who are ANGRY at us for not giving Trump a chance be so mad at us when this nonsense plays out every day on live tv. He is picking some major IMBECILES!!!

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