Since he first announced his run for the White House, Donald Trump has continually repeated one phrase and even had it put on baseball caps: “Make America great again.” Never mind that America is already great, it’s Trump’s hook and he reverts to it whenever he has no response to a question. But what exactly does it mean to make America great again?
A woman who plans to vote for Trump told Face the Nation that it’s a moral issue. “Morality and values,” the woman, named Barbara, told host John Dickerson, are what the election is about. And she added:
“Based on what the country was based on. I think that the laws that Obama has passed, the way the country has — I call it down turning. Some of the other people are proud of it and happy for it. I personally am against it, the homosexuals, the abortions. All the stuff, I am against.”
To make sure he was hearing Barbara correctly, Dickerson asked:
“When Donald Trump says ‘Make America Great Again,’ is that what you hear? That it’s going to go back to before the time that you’re now describing?”
“That’s part of it.”
What if, as all the polls suggest, Hillary Clinton wins? How does Barbara feel about that?
“Oh no. She needs prayer. The country always needs prayer.”
The country also desperately needs to be saved from sanctimonious asshat right wingers who want to impose their religion on everyone else. I happen to be a Christian, but I don’t feel a need to see the country run by Biblical standards, which would directly violate the Constitution.
Make America great again is just another way of saying you want to return to a time before anyone other than white Christians had any rights in the United States. Those days are gone, and they will never return. And I for one am thankful each and every day for that fact.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org