The first time the phrase “Make America Great again” was heard or read by many Americans, there is no doubt that each of you reading this can recall what affect it had on you. Each of you either passionately thought one of those words belonged or passionately thought that it didn’t.
How you feel about that phrase is dependent on the perception of your personal reality, which is best understood when answering “What is it that made or makes ‘America Great’ in the first place?” In order to answer that question, you have to take a good look at who you see in that reflection in the mirror.
While there are two sides to stand on when answering this question, there is only one way to define what “America” is. America is you. America is not a building that requires renovation to have it look like it did in some past – a past you personally remember or the one you’ve heard about. The renovation that needs to take place again or continue to occur, depending on if you think one of the words from that phrase belongs, starts with you.
America is represented by the way you live your life. American greatness is not something that has to take place again, especially by an outside influence, because it’s always being done from within. It is being done by you.
America is composed of individuals currently being great or working towards it. America is a team. We are a team which creates a sense of whether America is performing at an optimal level. A result best achieved when each of us can work for it.
If the team you belong to only has one person leading a life of true value for our society, then the team has the potential to improve upon that value when greatness happens at all times with each of you. The opportunity to be a great American is always there. You’re living it every moment.
If you are waiting for a perfect opportunity to make it happen you will eventually realize that now is the perfect time. Now is the only moment you’ll ever have.
Those people who each of us look up to and admire, because they exemplify the meaning of an American, get to that position by seizing the moments and making success happen now. Many Americans are clearly doing their best to be the best. We witness this and get to live around this every day.
Our country is a beacon of hope, promise, and inspiration. Citizens of this country and citizens from around the world have always thought this way about who we are and what we do. Our impressions and contributions in the world we live in are ubiquitous and ongoing.
Millions of Americans are out there of all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, lifestyles, passions, and purposes raising our standards of living to higher and higher levels. It is this type of diversity in our culture that produces continued improvements. Diversity is the key ingredient that allows life to thrive.
There are plenty of people that do get the limelight, and there are so many more that don’t, yet that’s really the only difference. Living a happy and meaningful life by being great is the commonality. Reaching that point is made possible by the choices you make.
A great life is an all-encompassing term. You lead your life by searching for perfection in that area you really excel at and you strengthen this pursuit by making all-around improvements every chance you get. Greatness is not static. Greatness is dynamic. Therefore, greatness is ongoing.
You have to evolve and constantly look to see if any aspect of your life can be done even better. The world we live in today is the result of having it always operate in this manner with improvements taking place every day.
If the world looked back to pursue a past era to return to, then America would resemble a culture stuck in an environment of not making any progress – leading the world to look elsewhere as a guide. There is no other country we look to. We are who others look to. We are who each of us look to and at.
Now comes the moment of truth, Dear Voter, when you have to be honest with yourself, honest with the reflection you see in the mirror. That is the only person who really knows the true you.
You have to ask yourself if the individuals who are up for election truly represent what you see in your reflection.
Does that American, irrespective of gender, status, and political affiliation, live up to the expectations and standards that many great Presidents have set?
Is this individual providing each American with a beautiful image in which you can picture the person in the mirror living out a great American life?
If you vote for the person you’re considering, will it allow for the other Americans looking at their reflection to feel confident about reaching the same type of goals you are also working on while enjoying a life the way you are?
One candidate clearly does not have the best interest in mind for many individuals. One candidate has clearly proven on too many occasions that a few individuals may not find that chance to be great… again.
When only a few team members can reach for their goals, the remaining many cannot combine efforts for America to provide the best value to each other and the world. And when only a few may have the possibility to step through a door opened only to them, everyone else will find a better alternative.
An alternative where not only are all the doors open for each person, but where each person has the opportunity to open many more for others to walk through. That is what a true leader accomplishes. That is what America has always represented – a collection of many people stepping through doors to get to the destination they envision.
At the end of the day, each of us are individuals.
Yes, we share a few characteristics that put each of you into a category. Whether it is your race, the area of the country you are from, the country you or your family is from, the faith that brings you happiness, or the level of education obtained, you have to remember you’re still an individual with your own story, with your own goals, with your own struggles.
You know what? So is the person you may be sitting next to, the person you work with, the person on the TV right now, the person who provided you with a good or service earlier today, and the person you were thinking about a few minutes ago.
Sure, there is a quick way to categorize each of these people, but the only category that matters is the same category each one of us are fortunate to share – the opportunity to succeed.
There is one presidential candidate who has been fighting for your American individual rights for such a long time that stepping into the top job of continuing to do so is not only the best outcome, but the logical one.
For those of you who believe that the one word belongs, is the candidate that makes this claim a person who clearly represents a former leader of the free world that has actually carried out the tradition of keeping America Great?
There are millions of people across our nation, and the world, of varying backgrounds that have already made the right choice. It is simply an exercise of the mind. An easy task in which you can review the ample evidence available to use your logic and reasoning skills. The facts are everywhere for you to analyze and realize reality.
Even though the Americans who believe that the word does not belong label the ones who do as crazy and stupid, that is not true. Each of you have the capability of using your mind to know which choice is the better of the two. The choice is that evident. This is not a matter of the mind then. It is a matter of the heart.
Fighting with the heart is what inspired and fueled the American Revolution. As a country that was founded on the beautiful belief of pursuing life, liberty, and happiness for all people – the idea that marks the beginning of America’s greatness – wouldn’t that be what “again” should be?
How is the aggressive pursuit of removing a large number of people that have interwoven themselves into the fabric of our society the right thing to do? There is plenty of research out there that has determined that immigration is a net benefit to our country and society.
In fact, immigrants have made America great.
There is a recent real life example of what would happen if one candidate follows through with a promise targeted to make you act against what a good hearted, responsible, and thoughtful adult would really do. The result: billions of dollars lost in that state’s economy, which led to the subsequent dismantling of the law which caused thousands of immigrants to flee.
The right candidate has the idea for the next best thing to do – fix and improve upon a system, that up to this point, produced value to America. Not a candidate promising a very expensive and reckless removal of a working economic benefit. How can your heart allow the mistreatment of those who are not like you to take place?
Each of us are born into this world with a given situation. None of us made the choice to not look like you, to not be like you. The allure of living in the United States of America is that in spite of making the “wrong choice” at conception, the possibility of living a great life is there for those who put in the work.
The long list of Americans who have provided tremendous value to many other Americans and global citizens continues to grow. One candidate has worked to keep that dream alive for everyone and one candidate wants to strip that dream away.
One candidate is relying on the anger and hatred of those who don’t look like you when they look in the mirror to undeservingly win the title of leading the greatest country in the history of the world. A candidate who knew to focus on fueling this sentiment as the primaries were about to start off, dedicating researchers to uncover what the pockets of a few Republicans are “really” furious about.
As this election year kept moving, the promises being made became more damaging and dangerous to many. These promises have created a frightening image which has led the people in our country, and around the world, to know what the best choice to make is.
The choice that will not ruin so many lives, including yours.
Terrorism is horrible. Keeping people out because of their religion, lifestyle, or nationality is exactly what keeps terrorist activity going. Terrorists also rely on anger and hatred to subsist, but they are a small minority of a very large religious population – almost one out of every fourth person you would end up meeting around the world.
The terrorists who are causing damage are becoming even more of a minority as ground continues to be taken back. Their vision of trying to create a world from the past, devoid of morals, value and progress, will never be part of the world that is today.
And the truth of the matter is that those who believe that the one word belongs, those who think an ill prepared person can lead greatly with their heart and mind, are also in the minority. What irony.
I believe that the one word belongs. After reading, hearing, and watching what has been brought to light during this election year, I feel deceived. We still stand divided as a nation.
I thought that this was a nation in which you can carry out a wonderful life no matter what you look like, what you think, or what you believe as long as you do the right thing. I have lived a life filled with witnessing people from all walks of life making America a country, a way of life, that constantly has me being grateful for how lucky I am.
America, to me, is a country where a big majority of its people work to be great for themselves and in turn collectively make this nation great. I hold this country and its citizens to the highest regard – a nation of great people – and my perception has to be realized again.
I will continue to fight the good fight, continue trying my very best for the U.S. of you and me.
I believe with all of my heart that we will march forward, and not backwards, pushing for greatness by electing the best candidate for the job to help take us all there.
When I look in the mirror, Dear Voter, since each of us are different, I may not see exactly what you see – whether you see a man or a woman; young or old; gay or straight; white or minority; Christian, Jewish, or Muslim; healthy or sick; rich or barely getting by; well educated or high school dropout; Democrat or Republican; and everything inbetween – and take a hard long look at what that reflection in the mirror represents, what I see is you.
Your fellow American
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln (paraphrase)