He's Not Going to Do It

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As we all know by this point, President Trump’s slogan all throughout his entire campaign was #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. People are still chanting it, even now that he is officially in the White House. According to statistics, the hashtag has been used several million times on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

I can promise you one thing though, and I would be willing to bet my very life on it.

President Trump most assuredly will NOT make America great again.

Yep. I said it. He will not succeed at that endevour. Mark my words. He can’t. He simply cannot make American great again. It is nothing more than a marketing slogan.

Now before some of you get too excited with these statements, let me say this. The reality is that not even the President of the United States, whomever he or she may be, has that much power. Don’t disregard your intellectual mind and logic and buy into that catchy phrase.

Only the American citizens as a whole have the power to make America great. And most of us are doing a pretty bang up job right now making it a total #shitshow instead. I know, I said a bad word. Kill me. You know what? If you knew me, you’d know I hardly ever cuss. It just doesn’t usually sit right with me or align with my life, but sometimes, sometimes there just isn’t another word that fits. And that’s just about all I can think of to describe what has gone on lately. God help us all!

So maybe you’ve lost your mind and are wearing vagina hats, bashing police, or are acting like the world is coming to an end.

Or maybe you’ve lost your mind and are hoping Trump rids this country of every Muslim and Mexican and are proudly waving your Confederate flag without even a thought about the trauma that is associated with it for some.

Wake up! We've lost our minds, and it’s TIME TO FIND THEM!

There are about 1 million BETTER things you could do with your time and energy to truly help #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.

Because...surprise, surprise! It turns out that making America great has absolutely nothing to do with everyone agreeing on everything. In fact, it has everything to do with how we respond in the midst of disagreeing. Simple as that. Love your neighbor as yourself.

In case you have yet to find that mind of yours that was lost, let me offer some helpful suggestions to you. Without further ado, here are 10 ways Americans can actually work TOGETHER to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.
 

10 Ways to Make America Great Again

  1. Look your children in the eyes and tell them have worth and value NO MATTER WHAT and that nothing they do or say or become will ever make them less valuable.

  2. Don’t agree with gay marriage? Find a gay couple in your town and with NO agenda, invite them over for dinner. Yes. Seriously. You will not die, and you will find things to talk about.

  3. Quit watching pornography, listening to music that sexualizes and objectifies women, and watching shows where these behaviors are considered normal and even attractive. You are funding and creating the very culture that so many of you seem to hate. Madonna & Beyonce don’t want women being objectified? Umm...hello! YOU created that very culture. Just. Stop. Participating. People!

  4. Before you unfriend every person on FB and in real life who voted for someone different than you or believes something different than you, ask yourself what that accomplishes. Now you’ve created your own false microcosm of people to pat you on the back and puff up your pride. In your attempt to shout inclusion, you’ve become the hypocrite you despise. Invite those in who disagree and can do so without hatred. Your humility will shine through, and you will reach more people for your cause than you ever thought possible.

  5. Give and receive hugs, to and from those you love. Initiate with no expectation. Just. Simply. Hug. Touch is a powerful connector. Resist the tempation to pull away when hugged by others you love. Settle into it. Give and receive.

  6. See things from someone else’s point of view. Everyone has a different reality. How might you respond or react differently if you were in the midst of someone else’s reality?

  7. Turn off the TV, take the X-Box away, and send your children outside. They will scream and there will be gnashing of teeth for 30-45 minutes, but do NOT give in. Magically, at the 45 minute mark everyone will still be alive, and they will have found something new, something they didn’t realize they didn’t have. Creativity and problem solving and good old fashion fun will abound. Excessive screen time, especially in front of junk, is one of the quickest ways to ensure that America will NOT remain great for long.

  8. Live by this rule: If you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it to them online. It is appalling what people will say online when they can hide their cowardly selves behind their screens. Want to say something? Want to disagree with someone? Great! But don’t do it as a coward. Own your words. Disagree with conviction, and even firmness if necessary, but disagree with love.

  9. Give $20 to a random stranger every.single.month. Just do it. Pick someone who doesn’t look like you. In fact, pick someone who looks as different from you as possible. Take on the challenge. See how an incredibly simple gesture has a massive amount of power to make somebody’s day great.

  10. Be a Light in a world that can often seem very dark. Don’t let others or circumstances cause you to dim. Fight hard for your flame. Light is infinitely more powerful than darkness. Stand out in a way that your light shines so brightly that others are drawn to it without explanation. Draw them in and ignite them as well. Ignite a fire! THAT Light will drive out the darkness. THAT Light will make America great again.
     

Do you have a way that American's themselves can make America great again? I'd love to hear!

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Hopeful, yet doubtful.

Wanting more and wanting less.

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Impatient. 

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