We penned the below all the way back in September of 2014, long before President Trump came up with the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” There are signs that we were prescient, and that we are, indeed, interested in making America great again.
September 20, 2014 (Link)
Therefore, it follows as night does the day, that to make service to America a good thing, we must make America worthy to be served.
We don’t do that merely by serving America, but also by making America, as each succeeding generation does, whether it wants to or not. To make America great, we must be great. To make America great, we must be good.
American greatness is nothing more, nor less, than the greatness of individual Americans.
We’re watching in dismay as the rest of the world burns, while we seem as impotent to do a thing about it as an old, old man. Our President (Barack Obama) — lauded by the press and the beautiful people, and himself, as always the “smartest man in the room” — fails and fails and fails and fails and fails yet again. Our Secretary of State (John Kerry) — praised as the Master of Nuance — fails and fails and fails and fails again. Our previous Secretary of State (Hillary Clinton) — hailed as the “Smartest Woman in the World” — failed and failed and failed and failed and failed again. On their watch, literally nothing in the world has improved. Nothing. People die by scores in Africa from disease, violence, and just ages-old African-ness; likewise people die in droves in the Middle East, Asia, Russia, Ukraine, South America and elsewhere, pummeled by merciless petty tyrants into the dust; once again the gibbering goons burble and jabber as they hack the heads off men, then thrust those severed heads into our living rooms, confident that they will never pay for the atrocity. Meanwhile, men and women here work three jobs — each — just to keep a roof over their heads. Highly-educated Americans languish in unemployment, because their skills are unwanted in a country that has regulated and dammed and strangled a once-mighty river of innovation into a drip-drip-drip trickle.
“American might” has turned into “America won’t,” and the rest of the world has noticed. The gibbering goons are rushing to fill the vacuum, as we watch in sclerotic dismay.
It doesn’t take much. Either to save this country, and much of the world, as Americans did in the early eighties — or to bring her back to her knees as we then did in the 2010’s.
Still, to save America, we have to make an effort.
America seems ready to make the effort.