Hyper-partisan politics are very thoroughly choking the patriotism right out of this great nation, and it should be a concern of any proud American.
You see, it’s not the current state of the nation that determines your patriotism; it’s how you feel about the potential of the American nation. We were built on a dream of liberty the likes of which the world had perhaps never seen.
With this freedom, some had the wrong impression. They believed that a utopia awaited all Americans and that all of the nation’s problems would be immediately solved. The reality is that no utopia can exist without an equally egregious dystopia. The hope was that freedom would tip the scales toward the pursuit of happiness instead of the pursuit of power and riches. Obviously there are still some kinks to work out there, and we can blame that fairly succinctly on the ruling class who, believe it or not, were at one point referred to as “public servants”.
Let’s try not to forget that.
One such public servant is Andrew Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, who yesterday said that America was “never that great” , irking a great many Americans. His office’s response to that incredibly provoking statement is quite telling.
Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro jumped on the eminently quotable moment. “America, with its imperfections, has always been great,” he said in a statement. “Our people, our principles, and our promises have been a beacon light to the world for 242 years and counting. Mr. Cuomo owes the nation an apology. He should be ashamed of himself.”
While Cuomo hasn’t issued any apology to America, his spokeswoman Dani Lever is trying to spin the regrettable line, underscoring that it was an attempt to land a blow on Trump.
“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President. The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential,” said Lever in a statement reported by State of Politics. “When the President speaks about making America great again — going back in time — he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions. The Governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness.”
Let’s not hold our breaths to see if this is made right by Cuomo.