While this phrase has most recently become synonymous with the Trump presidential campaign, it actually originated with none other than Ronald Reagan. Reagan chose this as his 1980 presidential campaign slogan, succinctly giving hope to the American people that things could indeed turn back around if he were elected President.
In Reagan’s nomination acceptance speech in 1980, he so eloquently stated his reasoning on how to “make America great again.”
Here are a few excerpts:
"As your nominee, I pledge to restore to the federal government the capacity to do the people’s work without dominating their lives. I pledge to you a government that will not only work well, but wisely; its ability to act tempered by prudence, and its willingness to do good balanced by the knowledge that government is never more dangerous than when our desire to have it help us blinds us to its great power to harm us….."
"We must have the clarity of vision to see the difference between what is essential and what is merely desirable; and then the courage to use this insight to bring our government back under control and make it acceptable to the people…… "
"It is time to put Americans back to work; to make our cities and towns resound with the confident voices of men and women of all races, nationalities and faiths bringing home to their families a decent paycheck they can cash for money……"
"The time is now, my fellow Americans, to recapture our destiny, to take it into our own hands. But, to do this will take many of us, working together. I ask you tonight to volunteer your help in this cause so we carry our message throughout the land…."
"For those without skills, we’ll find a way to help them get skills. For those without job opportunities, we’ll stimulate new opportunities, particularly in the inner cities where they live. For those who have abandoned hope, we’ll restore hope and we’ll welcome them into a great national crusade to make America great again!"
So there you have it! Make America Great Again has a long and meaningful association with the platform of the Republican Party. It stands for working side by side together to make sure that all of our country -- rich, poor, black and white -- have the chance to rise together.
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(Information Sources: http://americasbesthistory.com/abhtimeline1970.html, http://www.britannica.com/event/Vietnam-War, http://www.history.com/topics/1970s, http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/historical-inflation-rates/, https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/speeches/major.html#.Vv13nCnpi0c, https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/reference/7.17.80.html)