By Tom Milligan
It was 1991 when I first read of the man named Donald J. Trump.
I don’t recall which newspaper I was reading (I know it’s hard to believe, but several actual papers existed in 1991), but the article was an exposé of Donald’s illegal loan scheme (perpetrated in cahoots with his father) that also contained a recap of his public life up to that point.
This recap included a column inch or two on the sting operation performed by the Department of Justice that found Trump and his organization practicing “systematic racism” in not allowing blacks, Indians, or other “undesirables” to rent in a Trump property.
It also included information about his real estate holdings, his books, and of course, his well-known penchant for womanizing.
This first introduction to Donald left a pretty bad impression on my 23-year old mind.
So to put it mildly, I’ve been #NeverTrump since 1991.
But you know what?
I’m tired of being #NeverTrump.
I want to ride the Trump Train.
I want to be tired of winning.
I want President Trump to Make America Great Again™.
But can he do it?
Can President Trump Make America Great Again™?
To almost quote the sleazeball Bill Clinton, “It depends on what the meaning of the word [great] is.”
Some believe the greatness of a nation is determined solely by the relative prosperity of its population as compared to other nations.
If you’re one of those people that believe prosperity is the only measure of a nation’s greatness, I have news for you: America is already great.
No matter how you slice it, The United States is the wealthiest nation on earth. Now that doesn’t mean everyone is rich – or even comfortable. In fact, there are many living in poverty in every state in our nation. But as a whole, we’re at the top of every list.
Clearly, President Trump doesn’t believe America is great – at least not at this moment. Otherwise, why does he keep pushing to make it great?
Maybe he measures America’s greatness by the size and strength of its military.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, The United States spends more on it’s military than the combined totals of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France (no surprise here), United Kingdom, India, and Germany.
Our fighting force is the most well-equipped, well-trained, and strongest on earth.
If military strength is the measure of greatness, we’re already there folks.
But again, since President Trump insists that we’re not great right now, there must be some other measurement he’s using.
Population size, tax rate, business climate, literacy rate, mortality rate, and many others might also be used by some as measures of greatness.
Since the list of measures – and the number of people measuring – is endless, articulating exactly what makes a nation great is flat out impossible.
Since nobody – including President Trump himself – can define what greatness IS, let’s try to agree on what greatness IS NOT by answering some tough questions:
Read each question carefully. Think about your answer and be honest with your response. No one is watching. If you skew your answers just to justify how you voted, the results are meaningless.
There are only two possible responses to each question:
- Yes – This helps Make America Great Again™
- No – This does not help Make America Great Again™
- In past decades, since many Americans regularly used racial slurs and acted differently towards other races than they do today, does it help Make America Great Again™ to deny President Trump’s past racist behavior?
- Some men, including our new President, refer to women as “a piece of ass.” Does the normalization or acceptance of this this attitude towards women help Make America Great Again™?
- President Trump is the self-proclaimed “king of debt”. His infrastructure plan will add trillions to the national debt. Does adding to the debt help Make America Great Again™?
- Over the years, President Trump’s views have changed on many important issues. In some cases, he claims to have “evolved”. In other cases, he says it’s best to keep people guessing. Does having an unpredictable President help Make America Great Again™?
- Many of our founding fathers considered a strong and free press one of the most critical components of our nation’s continued freedom from government tyranny. Does ANY President’s undermining, demonizing, and outright banning of the media help Make America Great Again™?
- A lot of President Trump’s early support came from the simple fact that he “spoke his mind” and wasn’t politically correct. Many of his followers have taken that same approach and have abandoned all forms of societal norms. Does it help Make America Great Again™ to call someone a cunt, cuck, or traitor and to say whatever I want, to whomever I want, and whenever I want?
- Despite the fact that our founders designed the federal government to be quite limited, there is no doubt that government-paid maternity leave, increased minimum wage, and other plans announced by President Trump will create a much larger and more powerful federal government. Will a larger, more powerful federal government Make America Great Again™?
If you answered “yes” to ANY of the questions above, you’ve entirely missed the point of this great nation. While thinking you’re making America great, you’ve really just accepted that our country is lost.
If you answered “no” to the questions – regardless of who you voted for – now is not the time to give up. Now is not the time to riot or protest the results of the election. Now is not the time to hide in a hole until 2020.
Now is the time for all Americans to regain a sense of decency, decorum, and national pride.
Now is the time to celebrate a peaceful transfer of government authority.
Now is the time to get politically involved at the local level.
Now is the time for ALL Americans to hold ALL government officials accountable for their words and their actions.
Now is the time for all Americans to uphold our Constitution.
Congratulations President Trump!
Now prove you have what it takes to #MAGA.