Donald Trump fought the recent US presidential election with the slogan: Make American Great Again.
America was never great
This slogan, while probably not pondered or analysed in any depth by those who voted for Donald Trump, has a number of assumptions at its foundation. The first is that there is a meaningful definition of great, while the second is that American was ever great.
Setting aside the fact that the second point is inextricably linked to the first and is, to a point, invalid if there is no way of defining great, I disagree strongly with both assumptions.
I don't believe any country can be described as great and I am sick to death of pandering politicians describing Australia as the greatest country on earth or an example of a great multiultural society – or, worse still, the greatest example of multiculturalism on earth.
We are not great. We just are.
We may try hard and we may seek greatness, but there is no evidence that we have ever achieved it.
Greatness, or claiming it, is all about emotions and saying what people want to hear.
Greatness has never been defined and there may be no country on earth where the residents do not think it is the greatest country on earth. Certainly, I have met very few people who do not believe that theirs is the greatest country on earth.
That said, few if any can offer an objective criterion for measuring greatness.
I have no idea how to measure greatness. For me, it is just an emotional nonsense notion.
As for America being great, well:
This list could go on for ages.
What's more, and in reference to America becoming great AGAIN, most of these facts have not changed since World War II.
So, when exactly was American the greatest country on earth?
Is the greatness of the United States measured by some disgusting notion relating to its military might and the fact that it spends more on the military in a week than the world spends on education in a year?
The notion that any country is the greatest on earth is bizarre!
The notion that the United States was ever the greatest nation on earth is absurd!
Have I got it wrong?