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What to make of Governor Cuomo's Gaffe: "America Was Never That Great."

Robert Dimuro

Posted on August 19, 2018 17:08

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A poor choice of words exposes a mindset that's far too prevalent in America today.

Arguably, one of the most brilliant and bullet-proof presidential campaign slogans in American history is Trump’s famous “Make America Great Again.” Whether you love or hate Trump, virtually nobody is satisfied with the current state of affairs. Both the Left and the Right have a laundry list of reforms fueling the never-ending debate between the two factions.

One of Hillary Clinton’s many mistakes during her 2016 campaign was countering Trump’s slogan by claiming that America is “already great.” This was not a favorable position to take unless you were a member of the corporate or political elite (for whom the current state of affairs is perfect), and her comment reminded everyone of the reality that Hillary is a deeply entrenched member of the establishment.

Humorously, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the opposite mistake in a speech he made ahead of his reelection bid this November. In responding to Trump’s slogan, Cuomo flippantly said that “America was never that great,” evoking a shocked reaction from even the partisan crowd in attendance.

Although Cuomo’s remark doesn’t endanger his bid for reelection, it almost certainly ends the possibility of a presidential run in 2020.

Whereas the Left dictates the narrative when it comes to implementing policy, the Right dictates the narrative when it comes to the issue of American respect and patriotism. Just as it’s not politically viable for Republicans to argue that universal access to healthcare coverage is a harmful policy to pursue, it’s not politically viable for Democrats to be explicitly unpatriotic or disrespectful to America and its founding principles.

As such, Cuomo faces criticism from Republicans and even from Democrats who may understand and agree with the point he was trying to convey but cringe at his poor choice of words.

Upon the crowd’s reaction, Cuomo almost immediately began to backtrack, saying that America will only be great when every American is fully engaged and when discrimination and stereotyping of women come to an end. Of course, he’s speaking to a female audience in front of a backdrop that reads: “Fighting for New York Women and Girls.”

Nice try, but it doesn’t take much political savvy to understand that what Cuomo really did was inadvertently expose the mindset of the progressive agenda that has sought to undermine the principles of America’s founding for over 100 years. If globalism, egalitarianism, and socialism are the ideals to pursue, then I guess America was never that great after all.

For progressives like Cuomo, the existence of discrimination in all forms and the perils of economic and social inequality will continue to dominate their rhetoric - irrespective of whatever real progress has actually been made on these fronts. Although our state of affairs is far from perfect, pretending that we have not turned the corner on key issues like women’s rights and trying to manufacture equality in every metric possible is woefully impractical, principally flawed, and clearly not the path forward towards American greatness.  

 

Robert Dimuro

Posted on August 19, 2018 17:08

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