Republican presidential nomination front-runner Donald Trump is running on the slogan “Make America Great Again.” Here are 10 ways the United States is no longer great.
1. Its women are no longer beautiful. Today, someone wealthy has to look outside the United States for a wife, at least two out of three times, because all of the hot women are taken
3. It’s no longer a melting pot. It’s possible for someone running for president to win more votes than his competitors by asking his supporters to slug immigrants or people of color who disrupt his rallies
4. Freedom of speech is no longer respected. It’s possible someone running for president threatens to weaken the First Amendment—the very amendment that ensures him the right to denounce the First Amendment
5. People no longer know what the First Amendment is.
6. The rule of law is no longer valued. It’s possible someone running for president knows so little about U.S. law that he articulates a policy that constitutes a war crime
7. Presidents can no longer assume they’re welcome in allied countries. Some countries—Great Britain or Mexico, say—might talk about withdrawing the welcome mat for the U.S. president
8. It no longer influences the global order. A presidential contender might suggest removing the last remaining levers the country has in influencing other countries by removing military bases and allowing other countries to deploy nuclear weapons
9. It no longer treats neo-Nazis as pariahs. It’s possible someone running for president waits three days before denouncing a well-known leader of a white supremacist group who endorses him
10. Its leaders get all of their information from the Internet. It’s conceivable someone running for president claims he only knows what he reads on the Internet
“Donald Trump has hit the nail on the head with his campaign slogan,” says Steve Nelson, professor of political science at Syracuse University. “In all sorts of ways, the United States is not the great country it once was. What Trump has done is put a spotlight on our shortcomings, and that’s the first step to addressing our problems. Now that we know what’s wrong, we can start to fix things.”
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