There seems to be a growing sense among the left in this nation that not only is America not great now but never was great. This week former Attorney General Eric Holder appeared on MSNBC this past Wednesday evening and during an interview and made some comments that baffle me.
His comment came in response to a question being posed to him by the host of the show, Ari Melber, about times in America’s past where women could not vote, and Africans were not only deprived of voting but were enslaved. “When I hear these things about ‘Let’s make America great again,’ I think to myself: ‘Exactly when did you think America was great?'” Holder said. He makes this comment in reference to the slogan that Donald Trump used in his campaign of “Make America Great Again.” Now to be fair, he later qualified his comments by saying that “America has done superb things, has done great things, and it has been a leader in a whole range of things, but we are a work in progress.”
He is right that we are work in progress, but his general theme and tone is one that seeks to denigrate the greatest experiment in human history, the greatest granting of rights to individuals that history has known. Our Founding Fathers drafted a Constitution that was designed to ensure that everyone would have an opportunity. There were some flaws in the beginning. At that time in history, women were not afforded the same rights and protections as men. There was a racial bias that was prevalent at the time. But over the years we have made tremendous progress and attempted to right the wrongs that were initially written into law.
Holder is not the first on the left to say that America is not that great. The current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”
Both he and Holder make these comments and try to paint President Trump as a backward thinking racist person. In their eyes, America can never be considered great until a liberal Democrat is once again residing in the White House.
In Hollywood, that bastion of liberalism where independent thought is not allowed, we saw dozens of celebrities promise to leave the United States if Donald Trump was elected to the Presidency. This list is not conclusive, but it gives you the idea:
Bryan Cranston, the star of Breaking Bad, said he would definitely move if Trump won.
Samuel L. Jackson, an accomplished actor went even further in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel when he said “If that motherf—er becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa,”
Lena Dunham who starred in the crass HBO series “Girls” said “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will. I know a lovely place in Vancouver.”
Neve Campbell, from House of Cards, promised to move back to Canada.
Miley Cyrus said she was moving and said she doesn’t say things she doesn’t mean.
Barbara Streisand promised, again, that she would move.
Chelsea Handler was headed for Spain.
Whoopee Goldberg once again promised to move if Trump won but we all know she won’t do it. She has promised that over and over.
Her colleague from The View, Rosie O’Donnell, also said she was leaving but at last glance, she was still living in New York.
Cher, the great intellectual from Hollywood, said she was leaving. I suspect if she left it would be to avoid the tax man in California.
Now, this list could go on and on, but I think you get the point. These limousine liberals like to make these grandiose statements to grab some headlines, but we all know they are empty comments. All of them are still safely ensconced in the United States because they know that this is the greatest country on earth.
I have known that America was great all my life. I was born in poverty, my father died when I was four years old, leaving behind a widow with five young children six years and under. We bounced from one federal housing project to another and thought living in a house a block from a steel mill was just great. But through all of this, I was taught by my mother that nobody is better than you and if you work hard enough in this country you can achieve any dream or goal.
Graduating from college told me that America was great. Marrying my wife of almost 50 years convinced me even further that America is great. Raising four wonderful daughters, each of whom has become accomplished in their field of endeavor while being wives and mothers told me America is great. Serving in the military showed me how great America is and being in foreign lands made me want to come back to America in the worst way. Having a wonderful and successful career reaffirmed my belief that there is no other country that would have afforded a poor boy like me to succeed beyond his wildest dreams. Watching my siblings succeed was further proof.
To Eric Holder and Andrew Cuomo and all those other left-wing nut jobs that love to apologize for any shortcoming we have in this great country I would ask one question: If this is not the greatest nation on earth why are millions of people trying to get here either legally or illegally? Why would illegal immigrants risk their lives to trek through the desert to get to the United States? They know the answer to those rhetorical questions. Because despite their political rants, and that is what they are, the rest of the world still sees us as that beacon of light no matter what warts and flaws we might still have.
I will proudly stand and salute the American flag. I will think of those that gave their lives to ensure my right to do so. I will remember my service in the military with pride. I will look to the future knowing that my children and grandchildren will be living in a great country and will hopefully appreciate all the efforts and sacrifices that were made to ensure that greatness. When I hear President Trump say “Make America Great Again” I smile and think to myself: America is Great and always has been Great. We can be better, but we have never stopped being Great