Valerie Arena“I Like Ike”  “Yes I can”  “Don’t trade horses in mid stream”  “Happy Days are here again” “Tippicanoe and Tyler too” and now “Make America Great Again?” When was America great? When was this planet great?

Slavery? The Orphan Train? Prohibition? When we stopped building train transportation so we could sell more cars? Not allowing women to vote until 1920? When a ban imposed by President Roosevelt on the trade functions of Japan, especially exporting oil, steel and scrap iron was the catalyst for bombing Pearl Harbor? Prohibition when illegal sales of liquor made certain people wealthy, as the illegal sales of marijuana do today?

Extending beyond the USA, and not necessarily in sequence: wars, invasions, multiple forms of violence have been non-stop around the Globe. Sparta vs. Athens, multiple wars on most continents, probably not Antarctica, as it is too cold. 260 years of Christians being eaten by wild beasts for public entertainment, the Inquisition imposed by Ferdinand and Isabella, the gendercide of many, many thousands of women killed as witches, slavery for thousands of years,the genocide of the Armenians, the Holocaust, Africans, South American countries…almost every country. Even what is called the Potato Famine was really The Great Starvation. You can’t starve in a country that has loads of fish in the rivers, the ocean, and the Irish sea surrounding its island…many more.

No politician can make this country great again. What does “great” mean? I think when DT says “great,” he refers to quality considerably above the norm. We can have great friends, a great family, a great community, a great sweetheart but on a macro-cosmic scale, we would have to have a Utopia and strangely enough that word has 2 meanings, a perfect ideal place and no place.”Great Scot”, “Great balls of fire” oras Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

We can strive to improve our lives but we have a diversity of beliefs, ideas, morals, and desires. Greed has placed us in jeopardy. Greed has been a major source in the growth of poverty. Some time in the 80s, Michael Eisner,CEO of Disney made an annual salary of $150,000,000 million. Imagine if he only made $25,000,000 how that salary could have enhanced the lifestyle of some of his employees. He is not alone. How many CEOs make a 9 figure salary? Why do we support movie stars who make $20,000,000 a film? I am not a socialist. I think we can improve America by 1. Bringing vocational ed back to high schools and  2. Creating a fair tax rate across the board.

We, as individuals, can and should strive to make everything great such as our health, eating and drinking habits, exercise routine, education in some form so we can have a career, personal fiscal policy, saving money, even if it’s $10 a week, purchase of homes and cars that are within our range and some form of prayer, meditation, reflection or just sitting alone and thinking.

As Steve Mariboli, a best selling inspirational author and lecturer says: “Today is a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your GREATNESS. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!” This is the only way I can relate to the word GREAT.