What does it truly mean to make America great again? We’ve heard these words shouted by Donald Trump from a thousand stumps on the campaign trail and while many may file it under the category of clever political catchphrases, what does it truly mean? More importantly, what would it take? When was the last time America was truly great, and are we willing to make the sacrifices to bring our country back to greatness?
The reason Trump’s campaign slogan resonates so deeply with many Americans is that we simply feel as though we have lost our greatness. Somewhere along the way, America stopped being exceptional and became content and complacent. One of the biggest challenges we face is that America is still “good”. Our streets are cleaned, our garbage is removed and our grocery store shelves are full. We are living the good life. However, we’ve lost our ability to think big, dream big and achieve big. A great America is not about living with less, it’s about achieving more. A great America means saying goodbye to the good life and demanding a great life.
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”
― James C. Collins,
“Make America Great Again” is a call to action. As gregarious and bold as Donald Trump appears to be, the call to action is not for him alone. “Make America Great Again” is a call to each and every one of us. It’s a call for change. It’s a call to be better. In our overly cynical world, calls for change evoke feelings of distrust. We’ve seen this before, and we’ve all felt the effects of the last eight years of a campaign predicated on change. However, this call to action is different. This change has a purpose. Want a better job? Make America great. Want more opportunity? Make America great. Want to dream big? Create an environment where big dreams are celebrated. Don’t settle for good. Demand greatness and a candidate who does the same.