LETTER: Make America what again?
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Slogans have taken the place of thinking in the political landscape. Best example is MAGA, a slogan without definition that propelled an otherwise intellectually unqualified person to become the president of the U.S. and leader of the free world. As a person disinterested in academics and learning, he relegated the actual operations of his office to lackeys and other con men to fabricate and spread propaganda to a large part of the population with similar disinterest in actual facts.
It worked, but oh, the damage done.
What really happened once in office was to put some real meaning into the way he governed. MAGA became MAWA, MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN under the guidance of chief policy maker, Stephen Miller.
MAGA became MAMA, MAKE AMERICA MALE-DOMINANT AGAIN under rule of Mitch McConnell and the Supreme Court.
MAGA became MAIA, MAKE AMERICA ISOLATED AGAIN, thanks to the likes of Steve Bannon and Miller.
MAGA became MADA, MAKE AMERICA DUMBER AGAIN under Betsy DeVos’s Dept. of Education. The list goes on for every branch of federal government, extending to many states falling for the promise of the MAGA empty slogan.
Of course, there are many more instances of “undue influence” slogans have in persuading the disinterested to take sides. Some of the most commonly known are “Black Lives Matter,” which raised awareness to a recurring problem but also drove a wedge among communities delaying any meaningful action.
Another is “Antifa” which is simply Anti Fascism, the enemy of democracy which we should all believe in.
Perhaps the worst was “Defund the Police” which is irresponsible at its height.
Earlier widespread slogans, which gained widespread support, but are basically meaningless to much of the general population and have spread at enormous costs are: “ In God We Trust” and “Under God” because there is no substantive agreement on how that would be realized across the entire world population. They simply relieve believers from their individual responsibilities to themselves, their families and their country with no individual effort.
Making political decisions based on slogans is irresponsible and dangerous. We’ve done it time after time in our country and our divisions continue to widen. Just maybe we would all benefit from a little definition showing the end game for the common good if the slogans’ intentions were actually put into policy. With actual data at our fingertips with today’s technology, there is no excuse for simply falling for slogans.