On our drive home this afternoon, my daughter and I were talking about the growing crop of “Make America Great Again” yard signs in our town. I told her that I doubted America had stopped being great. Her reply blindsided me.
She told me, “Maybe America never has been great. At least not yet.”
She was born two months after 9/11. Our country has been at war for her entire lifetime. Her earliest memory is visiting Washington, D.C., to see her uncle leave for war in Iraq. The Recession hit the prime of her childhood. The lens of current events has undoubtedly clouded all she has learned of our country’s past.
Still she hopes for better. Her uncle came home from Iraq alive. She has witnessed our country’s slow recovery.
And she knows that I am oddball enough to make “We’ve Only Just Begun” the theme song for her thoughts on the “Make America Great Again” slogan.