Reasons America is still great
Despite what Donald Trump says, America is still a great country — was, and will be, too. As proof, I offer 10 reasons why, with the added bonus of a sense of humor, something our 45th president seems to lack entirely.
One: Chelsea Manning. What other country would pay for the gender-reassignment surgery of a citizen convicted of leaking military secrets? Your commitment to justice and diversity has to be pretty strong to do both. Bravo.
Two: Boulder, Colo. Where else can you buy the legal marijuana of your choice? Looking for something light and breezy? Want to drop between the cracks of space and time? Starbuds has it for you. And they’re making millions, paying taxes and creating jobs. Enough said!
Three: The state of Maine. One state has given us an enviable roster of senators with integrity, independence and common sense from both parties: Susan Collins, Ed Muskie, George Mitchell, Olympia Snow, Angus King and Margaret Chase Smith. Does it help the ocean is just too damn cold to swim in? Maybe.
Four: Reality television. Where else can you watch people marry complete strangers, almost die fishing or trucking, live the American dream as a pawn star, picker or bounty hunter, and make us proud as a real housewife of New Jersey, Dallas, Orange County or New York?
Five: Richard Nixon. We survived eight years of stonewalling, dirty tricks, outright thievery, near impeachment and got Jimmy Carter as a bonus. America is greater than its leaders, even if we elect them.
Six: Buddy Cianci and Joe Ganim. Who says a felony conviction and a little racketeering should keep you from public office? Both men became mayors again before or after serving time, and managed to do both good and bad for their respective cities.
Seven: Salt Lake City, Utah. Home to both the Mormon Church and a large LGBTQ community, this western city proves that all of America’s values — conservative, pluralist, religious, secular, traditional and alternative can coexist with respect and pride.
Eight: The Chicago Cubs. Baseball’s lovable losers finally went to the World Series and won, proving once and for all that redemption is only a matter of time and hard work.
Nine: Donald Trump. Where else but in America could a rich man’s son find both fame, fortune, multiple wives, network stardom and the nomination of a major party? Why should a little misogyny and unreleased tax returns stand between you and the presidency? It is said “In America, anyone can become president,” and we’ve proved it.