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Make America Great?

I watched a video that a Facebook friend sent me and it encouraged me to follow up with this response. I agree fundamentally with some of the conclusions made by the group who produced this video. I am not endorsing or advocating against its candidate or any other candidate named on their video. This is not a political article or blog site. So, I will not be displaying the video here for those reasons.

The video argues that we have been conditioned to fear Mexican and Muslim immigrants and that this fear has been blown out of proportion. It provides fact based statistics supporting this claim.  It denounces the idea that those on welfare are there intentionally, not willing to work. The video claims that jobs overseas is not the foreign nations fault, but once respected corporations have less allegiance to the U.S. than to profits.  The video argues “if you support our troops, don’t send them to war.” The video makes many other strong arguments. But this is not what touched me.

What touched me came at the end and it is what changed the video from its original plan of “releasing a Trump satire video  that alienates people” to one that encourages to lay aside our differences and open up to one another and talk. “We can’t call each other fascists or racists or lefties,” the spokesperson on the video suggests, “We have to talk as Americans.”

What turned him around, the spokesperson claims is when he went to a Trump rally to shoot his satire video and he found the people there honest, friendly and open. Most of all, he realized we have common struggles and ambitions. We are more alike than our labels make us seem different.

His claim of what we need to begin to turn things around and begin to make America great is what struck me the most. “We need to care about each other as much as we care about ourselves,” the spokesperson said. “That’s when we’ll be great,” he declared.

I am reminded of an account from Jesus’ life when one of his audience asked him which is the greatest commandment. His reply as recorded by the New International Version of the Bible was much like the video’s spokesperson’s statement. Jesus named two and claimed that all of the Jewish Law hinged on these two Godly commandments. Matthew 22:37-39, “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”‘”

Did you see the resemblance? “We need to care about each other as much as we care about ourselves” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It’s hard to argue against the spokesperson on that issue since Jesus, one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders claimed it also.

If you are struggling about which Presidential candidate to support, I’m not sure this helps. I am convinced that I am not hearing some of these candidates endorsing the idea of laying aside our differences and discussing our commonalities and how we can work together to find solutions. So, maybe the answer to making America great is not about a certain political platform or candidate.

Maybe the answer is in the grass roots of America. Neighbor loving neighbor. Maybe it’s not how can I get what I want and keep me and mine safe, but what can I do to help Mexico or Afghanistan or the welfare recipient or the elderly or my Muslim co-worker? What do they need? Maybe they just need for you to listen and understand. That’s something no President can do from Washington DC. That’s only something you can do right where you are.

Can your vote and for whom you vote help make a difference? We like to think so. But making America great cannot wait until May or October or January. It has to start now. Let’s talk.

 

 

 

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Douglas Knight

I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at douglasknight85@gmail.com.

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