I grew up in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. California — the place of “liberals”. Interestingly enough, one of the teachers, who is not a “liberal”, from the high school I attended, recently posed the question on Facebook: “What’s wrong with MAGA?”
Here’s my response:
Comment: “Greatness” depends on perception. For some, material and/or monetary wealth equals “greatness”. For others, having clean air, or waking up to not the sounds of gunfire, or living in a home with just immediate family, or going to school everyday… equals “greatness”. That being said, what’s the problem with “MAGA”?
A. It (MAGA) is a misrepresentation. America was never “Great”. 😦 America can become “Great”. 🙂 (That would be great!) 😀
1. America has a history of racism, and unfortunately, that divisiveness continues. 😦
2. America has systemic poverty. 😦
3. America has systemic domestic violence. 😦
4. America had systemic crime. 😦
5. America has systemic inequities. 😦
B. This would not be a problem except for the fact that our Preamble and Constitution talk about how We, the People, have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 🙂
1. Many Americans do not have the liberty to walk among our streets due to (a) racism; (b) sexism; (c) fear for safety due to the lack of gun sense laws; (d) fear for safety due to the ability of law enforcement officers to detain and isolate individuals; (5) all the other ‘isms that exist (too many to list). 😦
C. It (the phrase MAGA and the image of a red hat) has become a stumbling block to many in our community. 😦 Ironically, many who believe in MAGA are God-fearing Christians. I remember the scripture that reads: “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” (Roman’s 14:13) 🙂
1. Is “MAG(A)” a noble concept? Yes.
2. Is “MAG(A)” effective in Uniting the People? No.
Next Steps? So many possibilities…
Thanks for reading to the bottom of my comment!
“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life. Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.”