The progressive left knows a thing or two about controlling the political narrative in this country and a consistent response to President Donald Trump’s efforts to “make America great again” is to push the inane theory that the country can’t return to past successes without also returning to past mistakes.
A theory pushed at the highest levels, as in former Attorney General Eric Holder, the man tasked with covering former President Barack Obama’s backside for most of his two terms.
But while people like Holder only see the worst in America, others like Vice President Mike Pence know greatness when they see it and the Republican shut down Holder’s disparaging of this country this week without uttering a single word.
Appearing in the friendly confines of MSNBC on Wednesday, Holder questioned when America was ever great.
“When I hear these things about let’s Make America Great Again, I think to myself, exactly when did you think America was great?” he asked. “It certainly wasn’t when people were enslaved. It certainly wasn’t when women did have the right to vote. It certainly wasn’t when the LGBT community was denied the rights to which it was entitled.”
This attitude is what prompted Michelle Obama to say in February 2008, at the age of 44, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”
MSNBC anchor Ari Melber put forth the Democratic Party talking point that Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” is code for returning to our racist past.
“Does that phrase echo as discrimination in your ears?” he asked.
Holder took advantage of the opportunity to again question when America was ever great.
“It takes us back to an American past that never in fact really existed, this notion of greatness,” Holder replied. “You know, America has done superb things, great things, and it has been a leader in a whole range of things, but we’re always a work in process.”
If a picture is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes, Pence responded with four thousand words, tagging Holder to ensure he would see it.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 28, 2019
After effectively being called out for hating on America, Holder responded to clean up what he said and to offer his interpretation of the campaign slogan. Denying the many challenges facing the country, he said the quest is “backward looking.”
America IS great. And can-and must-be greater still. “Make America great again” means YOU think America is not great now-and is backward looking. America is at its best when we look forward, embrace an uncertain future and make it ours. That is what defines American greatness https://t.co/ASagCEPMZ5
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 28, 2019
But then, that’s why the radical left call themselves progressives, a notion that their failed policies represent progress; moving forward.
But author C.S. Lewis settled this debate long ago.
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
As for social media users, many recall at time when America wasn’t at it’s best — the eight years of the Obama administration, which includes Holder.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Eric Holder is taking a page from Andrew Cuomo, becoming the latest Democrat to insult America.
Holder asked @realDonaldTrump supporters, "Exactly when did you think America was great?"
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) March 28, 2019
Eric Holder locks in the Ilhan Omar vote: “I hear these things about ‘let’s make America great again’ and I think to myself, exactly ‘when did you think America was great’”? https://t.co/IadzBm0QnL
— Mike (@Doranimated) March 29, 2019
Nice back pedal, Eric.
— PhilThatRemains (@philthatremains) March 29, 2019
America wasn’t great when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. It wasn’t great when it let Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and CIA operatives Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods be slaughtered. It wasn’t great when it airdropped $1.7 billon in Iran.
— Rob Urry (@RobUrryZyntony) March 30, 2019
Well why in the hell did you even bring up the question of when & what made America great in the first place?! Nice backpedal. You contributed to the problems of America when you were the AG. Let me ask you this… What did you do to improve race relations?
— Chris Eaton (@EatonItUp) March 30, 2019
Interesting from a person that served in an administration that clearly helped spawn a period of the strongest racial divide we have experienced. An AG that went after no one on Wall Street that caused Global financial collapse in 2008. Yet your simple-minded minions applaud,
— Traderpro (@Traderpro9) March 28, 2019
I remember several years, when you were corrupting the Justice Department, that weren't so great. https://t.co/JHY2fd93mc
— Rand Simberg (@Rand_Simberg) March 29, 2019
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