Rea­sons Amer­ica is still great

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - By Michael En­nis

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.

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