How to make America great

Here’s a short list of what will make America great:

  • Kindness
  • Compassion
  • Service
  • Gratitude
  • Diversity
  • Progress

I saw nor heard any of these ideas in either in Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric or in the Republican Party’s platform. Institutionalized ignorance, hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and misogyny are not the elements of greatness. Rather, they will impede our rise to greatness. Greatness can only be achieved by moving forward, not by moving backwards. Under the newly elected leadership, it is very likely that America will fall further behind the rest of the world in every conceivable measure of greatness. We may be dooming ourselves to becoming a third-world-like nation and future Presidents will face the overwhelming challenge of catching up with the rest of the deveoloped world. Coming from behind is always a daunting task and we may never again command the world stage.

Calling yourself great does not make you great, others outside your own circle must recognize your greatness. Global cooperation is the way of the future. Isolationism in a global economy is surely economic suicide.  Building walls is not the answer. America’s diversity has always been one of its greatest assets. Nobody is superior to anyone else. We are all connected and we are all in this together.

We must put aside our fears. We fear what we don’t understand. To overcome our fear, we need to seek knowledge, understanding, and wisdom so that we can overcome our anger and our hate.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

One thought on “How to make America great”

  1. I have no reason to believe that the Trump/Pence administration nor the Republican-led Senate and House will succeed in their promise to “make America great.” Their ultra-conservative and reactionary policies and agendas will result in us falling even further behind the rest of the world at a time when we desperately need to catch up with them. We cannot afford to be xenophobic and isolationist in a world that is becoming increasingly global and diverse economically and politically. Progressive change is inevitable, it’s evolution, a process that cannot be stopped. No one, especially a nation, can afford to stop moving forward. If we are not making forward progress, we are falling behind. It is not possible to stay in one time or one place, that is not how the Universe works. Those who cannot move forward and accept change are doomed to extinction, oblivion, and irrelevancy. I strongly suspect that the conservative movement and the Republican Party are in their death throes, desperately clinging to a last gasp surge of power. It cannot last long. It is doomed to fail. I can only hope it does not drag the entire country down with it.


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