Letters for Nov. 8, 2016

• The elusive greatness

The elusive greatness

Presidential campaign slogans might be useful, but at the same time, confusing, too. It is especially true when it comes to greatness. Americans like this word. No wonder they have elected both presidential candidates who used it in their campaigns.

The first was: “Time for greatness 1960” by John F. Kennedy. He got elected. Then 20 years later Ronald Reagan said “Let’s make America great again.” He got elected, too.

Now, we are at the end of a presidential campaign, though the ugliest one, and one of the candidates, Donald Trump is trying to win with his slogan “Make America great again!” He might be elected, too, but I have some doubts about the greatness, especially because the current American President Barack Obama keeps proclaiming “America is the greatest country on Earth.”

OK, he claims to have achieved the highest level of greatness and now, his successor candidate does not include himself, but orders the Americans to lower that greatness two steps down, to “great” level. But wait a minute, when was the time of America’s greatness and how come we have to remake it again and again?

Reading the TGI’s Forum on November, the author of the National View remarks that we have to elect the lesser of two evils. The media and the majority of people echo a similar view — we can vote for the worse or the worst. Yes, judging from the never-ending mudslinging of the two presidential candidates now this is the most realistic scenario. It is heck of prelude to making America great again.

We, Hawaiians, don’t think that America is so great, but we do believe it can be great again. How and when? Well, as soon as the Americans start to brag about “having four outstanding presidential candidates” instead of having two evils, making peace instead of wars and achieving with their president and their government that they restore Hawaii’s independence and return Hawaii to the Hawaiians. This is when the independent Hawaii will say “America is great again”.

János Keoni Samu, Kalaheo


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