Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mistakenly allowed the American public to see what the left thinks of America. While those on the far left pay lip service to the idea that the United States is a great nation, it has always been clear that they don’t mean it.
The far left has been demeaning America for decades. They constantly point out the country’s flaws and past misdeeds while ignoring the qualities that have created a country that many around the world envy. Unfortunately for them, that animus towards the nation has blinded them to the fact that the majority of Americans love their country and resent the many unfair attacks that have been made against it.
Governor Cuomo Slams America
During a bill-signing on Wednesday, Governor Cuomo mocked President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, stating that the country “was never that great.” He made these remarks while giving a speech on gender equality. “We’re not going to make America great again,” he said. “It was never that great.”
But he didn’t stop there:
“We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged. We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping of women, 51% of our population, is gone, and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution.”
Naturally, people were not happy with the governor’s statements. His press secretary, Dani Lever, had to walk his comments back — slightly. “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.”
Lever then attacked the president, because that’s the best way to deflect when leftist leaders make asinine statements, right? “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,” she said. “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.”
Cuomo Shows the Left’s True Colors
It’s no secret that the far left holds America in contempt; Cuomo’s comments are simply a reflection of their overall attitude towards our country. They believe that America will only be great when the left’s utopia is finally realized. In their view, only a government-enforced equality of outcome will make America a great nation. It is what President Obama meant when he said he wanted to “fundamentally transform America.”
A capitalistic society recognizes that strict equality cannot be achieved — some will always do better than others. Despite what the left preaches, this reality is true, even in socialist nations. America has always striven to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to succeed, but it can’t guarantee that some won’t. The nation is not flawless, but the fact that America’s poor are richer than the majority of the world’s population demonstrates that we are doing something right.
The governor’s press secretary claimed that the president is ignoring the country’s history with slavery and discrimination by declaring that he wants to make the country great again, as if fixating on America’s past will somehow move us forward. However, conservatives understand that while the country has made its share of mistakes, it is still making significant progress in rectifying its past sins.
The error that many on the left make in their assessment of America is assuming that “great” means “perfect.” But there is no such thing as a perfect society. America is great because we understand this — not because we obsess over perfection.
Interestingly enough, those on the far left who believe that America is not great promote policies that would move us backward. Their programs typically cause more harm than good. Their message of victimhood and reliance on government only serves to make Americans less free. If the United States wants to remain a great nation, it must not forget what made it great in the first place.