The slogan that confuses me in this campaign is “Make America Great Again.” Everybody seems to have a different idea of what great is. Some would have us believe that America’s greatness is based on how big the government is, how much it spreads wealth, and how much of the daily lives of the American citizens the government controls. Others seem to believe that great means to restore America’s military and economic dominance by using forceful persuasion or brute force, and a few seem to believe great mean to restore the principles of freedom and independence fought for by our founders and instituted in our constitution and our heritage.
My preference is that we “Make America Great Again” by restoring those principles of freedom and independence our founders understood were essential for greatness. The founders said it is essential that rule of law, limited government, divided government, and rule by the people be maintained and even strengthened for the United States to be a free and dynamic country; the envy of the world. Each American must understand what they mean when they think, “Make America Great Again.”
There has been enough said and done in this campaign, along with the histories of the different candidates, to understand what the individual candidates mean when they think or say, “Make America Great Again.” I will give you a quick breakdown without names, and you must put the names with the candidates and then match your support according to your definition and the definition of the different candidates.
One the one side we have two candidates left, neither of which will be the nominee of the party. The eventual nominee will most likely be in one of the two categories described here. One of these candidates is a self-declared Democratic Socialist. This means he believes in big government. He believes in public ownership or public control of all productive property. He also believes it is the duty and the right of the government to distribute wealth in a just way with just being defined as what he believes to be fair. A Democratic Socialist does believe in basic freedoms and does not seek to control all aspects of the lives of the citizen.
The other candidate in this party advocates Communism. Communists stress socialism as above. Communism also believes that all rights of the individual are to be subjugated to the community. The Communist also advocates total conformity socially, economically, and morally. The Communist believes any contrary thought to theirs must be eliminated. The Communist believes those with power or privilege should and will adhere to a different set of rules and laws then that to which the ordinary citizen is subjected. The Communist believes that all of this will lead to a world that will eventually operate in total harmony, thus making any current sacrifice by the public worthwhile and justifying any action.
On the other side, there are still six candidates remaining. Of these 6, 2 and ½ would be classified as RHINOS. A RHINO is a person who says he believes in the principles of the founders, but unabashedly proclaims the glory of government. The RHINO says that government is the answer to problems. The RHINO does not advocate limited government but says that the way government operates must change. The RHINO does advocate the rights of the individual are secondary to the rights of the community. Most recent Republican presidential candidates would fall into this category including but not limited to Romney, McCain, Dole, and to some extent George W Bush. George H.W. Bush would certainly qualify for the RHINO club. The RHINO will always say that he is a “true conservative.”
Two of the candidates remaining have shown they have no definitive programs to bring about what they advocate. One of these candidates is a National Socialist. I am not sure what the other one would be. A National Socialist has the same basic economic belief that a Democratic Socialist or Communist has except that the National Socialist believes the government should have total control over all productive property, not ownership. In many ways the National Socialist is more dangerous. The National Socialist believes in the superiority of their race or nationality and advocates total and complete domination of the “less worthy” through coercion or force. The National Socialist will demonstrate the same characteristics demonstrated by the school yard bully.
We have seen the dangers of the National Socialist in recent history. Examples would be Mussolini, Franco, and Hitler. Mussolini and Hitler rose to power on an emotional movement of an angry citizenry that took on a cultist mob mentality. Irrational belief by an angry populace in a narcissist with simple answers has always ended badly.
Two of the candidates that advocated the principles of freedom established by the founders have dropped from the race. This leaves 1 and ½ of the candidates that are Freedom Loving Americans. They do not talk about a change in government, but less government. They believe in individual rights as protected by the constitution. They often express their belief that each individual should be responsible for the consequences of their individual choices, good or bad. They express their support for and have consistently acted based on those core principles mandatory for a free nation; rule of law, limited government, divided government and rule by the people.
Each individual citizen must understand what their definition of “Make America Great Again” means to them. The individual voter must then understand the core values of the individual candidates and vote for the candidate who represents his, the voters’ definition.