The greatness of America is rooted in her ability to remind the human spirit that the pursuit of liberty and happiness is always possible.
Moments of greatness are usually preceded by hours of preparation and work and failure and getting up again; that last part isn't a given.
America is at her best when she stands up for others who share her roots because America the beautiful idea is in every person. Shelves in libraries, domiciles and outposts around the globe are stacked with stories about the human spirit's desire to taste freedom, and endure it. Bear it. Honor it. Clutch it and palpably realize it every day.
Countless have sacrificed everything because they believed they were kindling resistance to whatever opposes the inherent right to live freely.
The roots of freedom do not grow out of weaponry or eloquence but from the grainy soil of resilience.
Sublime or unwitting, is the 45th President of the United States performing geninus-like works? Is he single-handedly rallying most of the country to not just demand action from their elected officials but to take it?
Are we in the midst of a civic-duty renaissance where The People are taking back the wheel of their government?
Maybe this showman-President will make good on his biggest campaign promise in an unintended way: maybe he will indeed make America great by rallying people from the sidelines to take charge of their country, their government, their futures.
15th-century Italian statesman and political philosopher Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli advised the ruling class of his day that the acquisition and effective use of power may necessitate unethical methods.
In a post-election-results article written for CNN, Paul Waldman reflects on a political strategy that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talked about in 2010. The idea was to intentionally throw a wrench into any bi-partisanship because, eventually, President Obama would take the heat.
Machiavelli's political philosophy has legs.
Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Green. American. Every citizen has a right to his or her own voice and a right to voice it. This is the beauty of the American brand: E pluribus unum (out of many, one). Yet if elected officials truly want to speak for—as they're fond of saying—"the American people," the surest path to making it so is to act and speak atop the universally loved platform of integrity.