Alice Broussard asked in October just what does MAGA mean? Let me try to explain what “Make America Great Again” means.
First of all, it’s not about a country, it’s about a people. Maybe MAGA means a time when God was in our schools, in our lives. A time when police officers were our neighbors and were respected. A time when schools taught us American history, explained the purpose of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Or a time when as youth our goal was to get a good job and raise a family like our parents had.
Could it have been a time when we were proud to be American? When we were proud of our flag and the Pledge of Allegiance had meaning for us. A time of full employment, a time when families did activities together.
How many realize it was America who said no more to slavery? Not just in this country but around the world. Yes, we outlawed slavery and the rest of the world followed, but it was America who started it. Yet today there are those who act as if it was America who started slavery. The reality is America ended it.
It was America who first said people were free to worship their God, free to pursue their happiness and free of government intrusion. That is when America was at its greatest and it was because people believed in what America stood for, what it pursued and achieved. America raised the standard of living for millions, it gave them hope and dreams. All across the world it was America that was a beacon of hope and freedom because America and Americans did great things.
You see Alice, we are what makes America great. The time has come for us to reclaim our roots, get back to what we once believed in. America hasn’t changed, however, some of the people have.
Frank D. Lovell