Friday, August 17, 2018

#229 / When I'll Feel Great

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying that America "never was that great."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, pictured above, is running for reelection. Lots of New York voters were upset when he took on President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan by saying that America "was never that great." Cuomo quickly "walked that statement back," as retractions are now generally described. 

Here is a statement added on to The Washington Post article in which Cuomo's original statement was headlined:

“Gov. Cuomo disagrees with the president,” spokeswoman Dani Lever said. “The governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential.”

What do you think about that slogan, "Make America Great Again?" My view? Let's talk specifics, and stop dealing in hyperbolic, untethered statements about America, and especially when those statements include large doses of arrogance and self-promotion. 

Arrogant, self-aggrandizing national self-promotion is a besetting weakness of political figures (definitely including our current president). It is just not very attractive to me, though I could list a lot of great things about the United States of America. 

I could identify a lot of bad things, too.

I will feel great when we start talking about the specifics - and when we start acknowledging and working to get rid of all the bad things we can identify. 

Racism, for instance. Could we start with that one?

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