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No Mr. Trump, America Is Already Great

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is running on the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Amongst the other planks in Trump’s platform that he is completely and utterly wrong about, this slogan is perhaps the most incorrect aspect of his campaign.

The United States of America is great, has been great and will continue to be great for many years to come. While there are many issues and problems in the country that are being worked on and protested and improved every day, this work-in-progress state is what truly makes America the greatest country in the world.

In the 1960's, citizens voiced their concerns about civil rights and equality and improved the state of the nation; a shining example of what makes America so great. (Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons)

In the 1960’s, citizens voiced their concerns about civil rights and equality and improved the state of the nation; a shining example of what makes America so great. (Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons)

From the beginning in 1776, the United States was formed as an experiment to create a free country as a refuge to all and to provide freedom to those in search of it. The country had many, many problems at the time (slavery, oppressed women, citizens unable to directly elect all members of Congress, etc.), but as time has gone on, these issues have been worked on to create an even better nation.

The United States is run by the people and for the people, so when the people have a problem with something in the country, they go out and work to fix it. For example, slavery existed until 1865 when the people took action and ratified the 13th Amendment (or rather Congress did, but the idea is the same as they were elected by the people).

Another example, comes in the form of women’s suffrage. Women were not allowed to vote until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified. Once again, the problem was recognized and the people worked towards the solution to make the United States a more free and equal country.

One final example, but certainly not the final instance of this occurring, comes from the Civil Rights Movement. African-Americans were legally discriminated against in businesses, voting polls and in public until the mid-20th century with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

None of these movements occurred without resistance, and these resistant forces are just as valuable of a piece of the greatness of America. Disputes over ideas and debates and discussions occur so ideas can be shared to create the best nation for all of the people. These types of open debates are not possible in many other countries around the world.

The opportunity to voice one’s opinion, no matter what it is, without fear of legal backlash and the opportunity to elect someone who will fight for what one believes in make America great.

The United States is nowhere near perfect. A myriad of issues still abound within the country. There are many problems to fix and many debates on how to fix them to be had. Despite this, the future is bright with the knowledge that there is a way to improve them.

The United States is nowhere near perfect and never will be. But we will continue to work towards that better future in order to create a more free and equal nation for all people. The opportunity to work towards that future is what makes America great and it always will.

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