Independence Day came…and the Left decided to make it a great day to run down the United States. They took to Twitter and started a hashtag to talk about how America wasn’t all that great. They aired so many grievances I was wondering if I’d missed Festivus this year.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the equation, Donald Trump has been running with a slogan “Make America Great Again.” This slogan resonates with a lot of people because it hearkens back to a time when we could walk the walk that comes with being the most powerful country in the world. If only we could find a way to get back to those days when men were men and women were men and everybody was really confused, America would be…great again.
So, where am I in this dichotomy? If the title doesn’t give it away, let me tell you. I feel America is awesome for a lot of reasons. But before I run down a few of them, let me take a slight detour.
The #AmericaWasNeverGreat crowd misses the point. America is a nation of men and women, and as such, it will never be perfect. But to focus on the laundry list of ways we aren’t perfect is like being mad at Baskin Robbins for having only 30 of its 31 flavors when you visit. Even if your favorite flavor is out, there are plenty of other options that are just as tasty. To ignore the great things America has done and continues to do is to cut off your nose to spite your hashtag.
The #MakeAmericaGreatAgain crowd is closer to the truth, but still isn’t quite there. They recognize America did some great stuff, but they see our best days as long past and long for a day (and a leader) who can tap into the way we used to be. If that were what we needed, we could just clone Ronald Reagan. (You know, that’s not a bad idea, really…) The problem I have with this approach is similar to the problem I have with the hashtag hosers referenced above: they don’t necessarily see the great things America is doing today.
And that’s where my option comes in. I don’t deny America hasn’t always been the best in the world, but on the whole, we do pretty well. And it’s going on all around us.
Forget the oft-cited World Health Organization report where America’s health care system was ranked 37th in the world. America is the home of one of the best medical facilities in the world, the Mayo Clinic. Not to mention, America is the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And who often leads the world in AIDS research and funding?
That’s right. We do.
And where do some of the world’s best and brightest go to school? MIT, Cal Tech, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Stanford…all American.
If your academic pursuits are limited to a multi-year study on the strength of red Solo cups, America is your place, too!
It can’t be a coincidence so many foreigners want to come here for reasons other than academics or partying, either. America still represents a beacon for people from all over to come here, learn from us, and make us stronger as a result. And, failing that, not to suck too badly while they’re here. You see people lining up to go to Cuba? Nope, and they have “free” health care!
And here’s a quick little tip for you Leftists supporting the #AmericaWasNeverGreat hashtag. Social media pretty much began in America. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tinder, all based in the U. S. of A, kids. And if you’re using an iPhone, guess what? Apple started here, too!
Now, before you say, “Well, I’ll just switch to an Android device,” think again. Android started…here.
From pop music to science, America is awesome at just about everything it does. Even at the stuff we don’t want to lead in, such as childhood obesity rates, we totally kick ass! But if you’re still not convinced, here’s one more example.
If a no-talent exhibitionist and her equally no-talent “rap artist” husband can make millions merely for being famous while displaying their lack of talent, anyone can make it here in America.
Game, set, and match, bitches.