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Make America Great For Once

Nick Englehart

Posted on July 8, 2020 23:48

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Who is really responsible for governance in this country? What do we owe to ourselves and to others?

Take a moment to acclimate yourself. I'm sure the title of this made some of you laugh while others of you are furious. I just couldn't pass up the great title. Now that I have you here I do want to talk about something that is relatively close to the subject at hand. How do we make America Great for Once and for All? America has been great and continues to be for some. It provides education, freedom, and choice. It elevates some and oppresses others. Do we ever stop to ask the question, "Why?" 

We like to talk about America as an other, a they, or an it. We like to talk about America in good and in bad as if we have nothing to do with how it got there. I want to call to reference the first words officially spoken by the founders of this government. "We The People." (too bad I can't type cursive, I think it looks better that way.) It's as simple as that. The government is a reflection of we the people. It is compromised of compounding decisions we have made. Perhaps not you particularly, but that brings me to my next point. 

FDR did not win World War II. Neither did Ike or MacArthur. The American people won the war, and you know … all those other countries, but! Millions of men went to war, died, and millions of Americans bought war bonds and started victory gardens. Despite our classroom history books making it seem like a completely united effort, the problems of yesterday were not much different than the problems of now. Plenty of Americans had no problem with Hitler before the war. Plenty of Americans thought it was none of their business. Plenty of Americans thought its exceptionalism and progress applied only to them. Those Americans get the same credit in the end based solely on the collective action of their country. 

This country hasn't always been great, but it has always been able to do great things. Those great things happen when empathy strikes. When everyone is involved. When brave Americans walked in Selma it was their action and other citizen's horror that started change. Sacrifices that showed the brutality of children sprayed with hoses and attacked by dogs. It changed people. I want to live in a country where those graphic images and an abundance of hatred are not the only things that bring about change. Where it doesn't take employees of, "We the People," kneeling on our necks before we say enough. 

We need to make America great for once and for all. We need to prolong that greatness past individual acts and slivers of consciousness. We need to remember that we are the government. That the atrocities and successes they commit are on us, because of who we elect, because of what we watch, because of who we are. As long as America has this choice, we still have the potential for greatness. 

Nick Englehart

Posted on July 8, 2020 23:48

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