When Donald Trump says that he “wants to make America great again,” I have to wonder just what in the hell he is talking about.
I have always considered it extremely fortunate for one to have been born in America. We have a robust economy, we have a greater than average quality of life, and we enjoy freedoms that many folks around the planet envy.
Geographically, we have a very diverse continent where we can avoid winter all year long if we so desire. We have fantastic mountain ranges, verdant plains, rolling hills and vast deserts bounded by miles and miles of warm or cold water beaches. “From sea to shining sea” the old song goes.
So, what is he talking about?
I think what Donald Trump means when he says that he wants to make America great again is two things.
First, he wants America to become a bully again around the world.
There was a time in our history prior to the world wars when we simply took what we wanted around the globe. Or, we would make offers that no one could refuse. After the wars, we inserted ourselves into deals that favored our growing lust for oil at the expense of those who lived on or near the vast petroleum reserves in far-flung areas of the Middle East. We set up puppet dictators who would do our bidding, and depose those who outgrew their usefulness, or who dared to rebel.
He wants America to have absolute power in the world so that he can simply annihilate any civilization, culture, religious groups or entities that do not conform to Western, Judeo-Christian ideals. He has said publicly that he would expand the use of torture and would even kill families of enemy combatants, ignoring the Geneva Convention prohibitions on such behavior.
He has hinted, when it was pointed out that military commanders would resist these efforts, that he would become America’s first dictator. “Oh, they will do exactly what I say,” he responded during a live, televised debate.
He wants to isolate America from the rest of the world when it comes to trade. He would cancel all of the free trade agreements of the last century that has allowed developing nations – our neighbor to the south in particular – to compete in a global economy that promises to lift all boats.
Secondly, when Donald Trump says that he wants to make America great again, I think he means that he wants America to look like him.
He wants America to be white again.
It’s not a new idea. This has been the harangue of the talk show hucksters like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the rest of the Fox News crew.
They have groomed Trump for this role by allowing him to dominate their airwaves, fawning over his ability to ignore the PC police. “He speaks his mind” they proclaim with a gleam in their eyes as he articulates the jealousy of the advancement of minority classes they don’t dare speak aloud.
There is nothing wrong with speaking your mind in the land of the free and the home of the brave. In fact, I think this is a good thing. It’s good to finally have someone say out loud what the Tea Party Conservatives have been thinking all along.
The beauty of a democracy is that, if we exercise our duty to vote, we can defeat what I think is a dwindling minority view in America. Donald Trump is the singular voice of this dying breed of racist, misogynistic, homophobic, white supremacist ideology.
It’s not enough to defeat Donald Trump. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and a whole host of Tea Party darlings subscribe to the same ideology, but are smart enough (or, considering the Republican primary election results of late; dumb enough) to keep their language in line with politically correct speech.
For those on the Progressive side of the aisle, politically correct speech is not just hiding their real feelings, but a conscious choice. I think this is the thinking of an America that embraces all cultures and economic groups, and I think it is a mindset that is rapidly growing in numbers.
Trump is right when he says in his TV ads that there is “an assault on everything that we stand for.”
I pray to God that this assault will prevail.