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Make America Great Again: What Does It Mean?

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Make America Great Again

Barely a day goes by before we hear again of an old man or child being assaulted for wearing a red cap that says, “Make America Great Again.” The Democrat politicians and their propaganda arm, the Mainstream Media, seem to take satisfaction from this, although they might say, “While we don’t want to condone violence, he was wearing that hat.”

A recent headline in the Babylon Bee reads, "Man Denied Life Insurance Policy After Revealing He Wears MAGA Hat In Public." The article goes on to say, "There are certain dangerous activities that just make the risk too great for our company to take on, for instance, smoking, bungee jumping, skydiving, or wearing a Make America Great Again hat in broad daylight."

Now, one might think that to ‘Make America Great’ would be something all Americans would want. I would imagine that Nigerians want Nigeria to be great, Chinese want China to be great, and Brazilians want Brazil to be great. The hatred from the Left towards people who wear the red caps seems to stem from the word ‘Again.’ Therein lies the rub.

So what does it mean, this slogan? And why does the headgear bring out violence from within blackguards? One key to understanding it is that Democrats shout, “America was never great!” They are ashamed of America and demand that everyone else be ashamed too.


What Does It Mean?

‘Make America Great Again’ was first used as a campaign slogan by Ronald Reagan. It was also employed by Bill Clinton and later Hillary Clinton, as well as other politicians.

Donald Trump at first said he wanted to “Make America Great” but soon added “Again” because otherwise it implied America was never great, which is what the Left believes but Trump and Conservatives do not.

The phrase means many things but we can start with this: There was a time when most all Americans were patriotic, loved their country and were proud of it, thought it a good country and Americans good people. This was before the Left deprecated the flag as “a symbol of oppression” and shamefully but shamelessly equated patriotism with white supremacy.

There was a time when most Americans were unified in being for the traditional family, for Holy Matrimony, proud of Western Civilization, pro-God, and believed in American Exceptionalism. We believed America was the greatest country in the world and in world history: Man’s highest achievement.

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump


The Economy, Trade, Jobs, Taxes, and Laws We Call Regulations

To Make America Great Again means to bring back a strong economy, to be pro-business, to make better trade deals with other countries, to bring back jobs and better real wages, to resuscitate manufacturing.

It means to lower taxes on individuals and bring corporate taxes more in line with countries we compete against in the global economy.

It means to reduce regulations, since we do not need a million of them; since it costs trillions of dollars to comply with them that could be spent on food, clothes, shelter, and infrastructure.

It means to reduce the power over our lives of the 4th branch of government, the unelected federal bureaucracy, which routinely usurps the authority of the three (constitutional) branches, by not only making laws, but interpreting their meaning, and punishing violators.

President Trump has done all this.

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Political Correctness vs. Freedom

Make America Great Again means to strike a blow against that pernicious postmodern evil: Political Correctness. PC prohibits people from telling the truth; it forces folks to tell lies. It sets up Campus Speech Codes and Social Media Hate Speech Police. It scorns Freedom of Speech. It loathes the Free Exercise of Religion.

The Left is clever. For instance, it subtly teaches that the First Amendment means merely ‘freedom of worship.’ To worship as we please. The Free Exercise of Religion means much more than that. It means the right to live according to our faith. It does not mean Christianity much be kept away from public view, confined to our homes and churches. It does not mean the Public Square must be swept clean of our Creator.


National Sovereignty, Borders, and Illegal Immigration

One part of Make America Great Again has to do with national sovereignty. The same people who despise America and abhor half its citizens as “Deplorables,” are Globalists, ‘Citizens of the World.’ They want a world without borders, without nation-states, without America. They want to surrender our sovereignty to a New World Order of global governance. With themselves running it, of course.

That is why the Left teaches our children that America is a horrible place, not worth defending. That is why the Left loves illegal immigration. Do you see the irony there? Hundreds of millions of people yearn to come live in this horrible place. Hundreds of millions of ‘people of color’ want to come live in a place that Democrats say terribly mistreats people of color. And they say it is “cruel’ not to allow them to come here to be abused so.

The Left sees illegal aliens (a legal term codified in our nation’s laws meaning a person who does not belong here) as a great source of power in three ways: Firstly, as dependable future voters, since research shows as many as 90% of them would vote for Democrats if they could vote, about the same percentage as felons. Second, by packing the census in Democrat strongholds, it increases its representation in Congress, inflates its Electoral College power, and delivers a larger share of federal funds for Democrat districts. Thirdly, it accelerates the much desired Balkanization by importing more ‘victims’ who have no allegiance to America and do not share our traditional worldview.

We the People who long to Make America Great Again can see that illegal immigration through our porous border steals the political power of Americans, cancels our votes, takes our jobs, depresses our wages, brings in vicious gangs and tons of deadly drugs, involves human trafficking and sex slavery, and infects our populace with diseases that we had long ago eradicated. We grasp that the government’s first job is to protect the citizens we’ve got.

It is not because we are racists. If 80 million Russians were sneaking across our border, clogging up our roads, ruining our environment, jamming into our hospitals, taxing our schools, going on the dole, demanding Affirmative Action for ancient wrongs when they just got here, and being welcomed solely and cynically to make permanent the political power of Democrats, we would be just as upset. Anyway, Mexican is not a race but a nationality. Muslim is not a race either, for the record.


The Cry for Liberty

Part of Make America Great Again was to repeal ObamaCare, which is seen as giving the government the power over our medical care, over life and death; bound to drive quality down and costs up, and to be used one day as a political weapon. No happy pills for those guilty of ‘Wrong Think.’

Part of it is to stop the Deep State, the Swamp that was weaponized by President Obama against people who do not think like him. Because federal employees were wrongly unionized, they are 90% Democrats, which means they implement leftist policy no matter who is elected, and work to thwart the policies of President Trump, and thereby the Will of the People.

Part of it is to develop our own energy resources so as to not be dependent on foreign countries. And to withdraw from foolish ‘climate deals’ whose true purpose is to plunder America’s treasury.

Part of it is to stop using the military for social engineering when that is not what it is for.

Part of it is to reduce the dominance of the incredibly biased Mainstream Media (not one member of the White House Press Corps under Obama was a Republican).

Part of it is to stop leftist judges from legislating from the bench – not their job.

A huge part of it is to remember, and work to better the lives of, the forgotten men and women and communities in 'flyover country' who are hated and ridiculed by Democrats.


America Was Once Greater than it is Today

America was great before the policies of the Democratic Party just about ruined the American family, leaving tens of millions of children fatherless in broken homes, leading to extraordinary levels of crime, and created dangerous urban ghettos; ushered in godless hedonism; left women sad and lonely; drove men out family life; perverted Holy Matrimony; destroyed the best schools and universities in the world; usurped parental rights; denigrated our nation, its history and heroes; caused enormous division among our citizens; promoted law breaking, promoted hatred and mob violence, and turned against our police; robbed us of untold freedoms; promoted every kind of sin, idolatry, sacrilege, and blasphemy; and caused the deaths of 60 million unborn babies.

It is, of course, true that we are “better off today” in terms of physical comfort, the benefits from the march of technology, the advance of medicine and so forth. But it is not a wise man who fails to comprehend that by every social pathology America is ten times worse—literally—than it was before God was banned from public schools in the 1960s, where He had resided comfortably for 300 years in America—before the Cultural Revolution, which was the fruit of a deliberate, demonically inspired Cultural Marxist strategy.

The Left has a long, ugly history of hatred; being venomously Anti-Western Civilization, Anti-America, Anti-Freedom, Anti-Constitution, Anti-Founding Fathers, Anti-Middle Class, Anti-Democracy, Anti-Truth, Anti-Normal, Anti-Reality, Anti-Achievement, Anti-Marriage, Anti-Family, Anti-Parenthood, Anti-Morality, Anti-God, Anti-Bible, Anti-Christ. The Spirit that animates this movement is Evil Incarnate.

Any honest person ought to admit that if we look at the levels of suicide, mental problems, spousal abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, drug addiction, obesity, sexually transmitted disease, public profanity, lack of civility and manners, promiscuity, adultery, divorce, sexual perversion, and just plain old loneliness and unhappiness and misery: America was once greater than it is today. Make America Great Again!

The President and First Lady of the United States of America

The President and First Lady of the United States of America

Cancer Progresses Until it Kills the Host

We do not believe the most immoral people on the planet ought to lecture us on morality.

We do not think people on the coasts should be able to tell every person in every tiny hamlet how to lives their lives, what they may say or write, read or think.

We do not think the people who openly express hatred towards us and our country ought to be calling us haters.

We do not think the godless should be able to put Jesus in the closet.

We do not believe those whose Religion is Secular Humanism (Atheist Socialism) should be able to brainwash our children and make us pay for it.

Make America Great Again rejects the Spirit of the Antichrist. It rejects totalitarianism. It rejects the sinister evils of multiculturalism, identity politics, grievance groups, diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, and tolerance for me but not for thee. It sees that the only ‘progress’ that comes from ‘progressives’ is the same kind of progress cancer makes: It kills the host.

Make America Great Again is, above all, a cry for liberty. FREEDOM!



James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 01, 2020:

Kate ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. You, of course, are free to vote for whomever you want as a free American. I will just mention that President Trump never called the VIRUS a hoax. Everybody knows viruses are real things. Even the far left wing militant godless communist extreme extremists at Snopes say he did not say it. He said that "the Democrats were using it as a hoax," hoax defined as a "malicious deception."

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 01, 2020:

T ~ You are precisely right. President Trump never said it.

The Logician from then to now on on March 31, 2020:

As a matter of fact Kate snopes says, and I quote

“Trump did not call the coronavirus itself a hoax”

The Logician from then to now on on March 31, 2020:

Kate, I don’t remember Trump saying that.

If he did I’m sure there would be a video or audio clip on the net if him saying the Coronavirus also known as COVID 19 is a hoax.

I can’t find it, where did you find it?

Kate on March 31, 2020:

I did not vote for Trump in the year 2016 and I’m not going to vote for Trump in the year 2020. Remember when Trump said the Coronavirus also known as COVID 19 was a hoax?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 18, 2019:

Nana ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my work here. I appreciate your awesome accolades. And you are welcome.

I am well pleased that would share it with your Facebook friends. I consider that high praise indeed that you did. I hope your friends go easy on you. :-)

Obama was never treated so shabbily as has been President Trump. You've got that right. Good to hear from you. Thanks for your comments.

Nana on November 17, 2019:

Great article. Thank you for putting into words what I was not able to do. I am going to share this on Facebook and wait for the backlash from friends who have different political beliefs than I do. The lack of respect for our President worries me. I did not like/respect President Obama but I would never have spoken out publicly against him or protested him...first because he was our President and second because I would have been called a "racist".

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2019:

Patricia Scott ~ It is a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I share your concerns about the future of our country. We do need God's blessings over our land. I enjoyed your comments. God Bless You.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 26, 2019:

Hoping God does bless our land of the free and home of the brave. I for one am very concerned about the future of this country that my Daddy served in many wars for and taught us, his children, what a unique country it is. Angels are on the way this morning ps

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 26, 2019:

Jo Ellen Holloway ~ Hello my friend. Thank you for reading my articles. I am glad you enjoyed them. God Bless You and God Bless America!

Jo Ellen Holloway on September 25, 2019:

I always enjoy reading your articles Jim.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 10, 2019:

T ~ Thank you for that link. I am a big fan of Dennis Prager and I got to meet him when he came to our church.

The Logician from then to now on on April 09, 2019:

James, I think you'll appreciate this perspective:

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 08, 2019:

Dianna Mendez ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my Hubs. I am glad we are in agreeance. I agree with your assessment of how much we have lost. If we turn to Him, God will heal our land,

Dianna Mendez on April 06, 2019:

I agree with your view on Making America Great Again. We have lost so much in the past decade that as the foundation of truth we lived.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 05, 2019:

Brad Masters ~ Ha ha. The Left surely intends to destroy us.

Brad on April 04, 2019:


To compete against the president Trump MAGA Make America Great Again, the left is going with BAAA Break America Again and Again.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 04, 2019:

Paula ~ Thank you so much for your lovely laudations. You have made my day with your warm words.


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 04, 2019:

Betty A F ~ I am so glad you enjoyed my work here. Thank you for reading my Hub and leaving your encouraging comments. #MAGA

Suzie from Carson City on April 02, 2019:

James....Powerful, True & Accurate, Patriotic & Confirming. No one says it better than you. Understood, Accepted, Reconfirmed & Appreciated by your readers. Peace, Paula

Betty A F from Florida on April 02, 2019:

I completely enjoyed reading this! You made so many great points.

Keep up the good work James!


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 02, 2019:

A B Williams ~ Good morning. Thanks for getting back to me. God Bless You and Yours.

A B Williams from Central Florida on March 31, 2019:

Good Morning James, I missed your comment before.

Yes I live in the Central Florida area (via South Carolina)

I am very familiar with each city you’ve mentioned. I love Sebastian! I can’t imagine leaving here, for say.....Chicago ;)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 31, 2019:

Brad Masters ~ Thank you for your excellent comments. President Trump is a threat to the Swamp, the Deep State: The unelected federal bureaucracy that unconstitutionally runs the country, making laws, judging violations, and punishing those it wishes to punish, in other words, exercising all the powers of the three legitimate branches of our government at once, in violation of separation of powers and checks and balances.

Brad on March 30, 2019:


The sad thing is that the anti Trumpers believe that America was always great. Trump is the only president that didn't jump on the two party seesaw. The one that the party in control pushes down, until the other party gets to push down, and so it goes. This is how the 2 diametrically parties have always worked. What scares them is that Trump is different and they think he can give them a new paradigm. Something with wheels to make America move forward. A seesaw can only go up and down. That is my story, and I am sticking with it.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 18, 2019:

Brad Masters ~ I enjoyed your thoughtful remarks. The Democrats are against America. Of that I am convinced. And you are right, by AOC's logic the Celts should be able to boot the Anglo-Saxons out of Britain and the Greek Christians ought to be able to take Turkey back from the Muslims.

I wrote another article you might like:

Brad on March 16, 2019:

Brad Masters ~ Thank you for reading my article. Great to hear from you again, my friend. I appreciate your kind compliments and I am well pleased that you enjoyed the pictures.

Thanks James, in your reply I learned something. I had no idea that AOC and others believe they have a right to America.

Using that logic, Spain should be able to retake Mexico. But Spain lost the war, and Texas became part of the US by winning a war.

The important question is whose side are the democrats on here, Mexico or the US? Serious question.

"At an Open Borders protest in California a banner read: “If you think I’m illegal because I’m a Mexican, learn the true history because I’m in my homeland.” One activist said, “If 50 million of my people come here, we can take our land back.”"

That statement is so true because the democrats are helping them to easily get into the US and then they want to fast track them to US citizenship.


You are more the historian than I am but couldn't California have taken the same path as Texas and joined the US.

When Mexico gained independence from Spain it was the result of winning a war. When Mexico lost Texas, and California it was because they lost the war. The War with Spain drained their resources and ability to retain their northern presence.

This AOC stuff is not good for America. Why did we give Mexico billions of dollars every year and then we are supposed to do what?

Again, it is not AOC per se, but the democrats at large that are a threat to America. Is is a new way to commit treason while making it look like humanity?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 16, 2019:

A B Williams ~ I see you are from Central Florida, where I lived for 18 years. My daddy still lives in Sanford, my brother in DeBary, and I've got sisters in Titusville and Sebastian.

Anyway . . . Thank you for your comments. I appreciate you reading my work. And I wholeheartedly agree with you. :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 16, 2019:

Readmikenow ~ I am glad we are in agreeance. And you make a great point that you "can only imagine what would have happened if people wearing "Hope and Change" hats would have been attacked in the same way as people wearing MAGA hat are being attacked."

You are also spot on that "The left agrees in free speech, as long as it's speech they agree with."

Thanks for the visit and comments!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 16, 2019:

Brad Masters ~ Thank you for reading my article. Great to hear from you again, my friend. I appreciate your kind compliments and I am well pleased that you enjoyed the pictures.

AOC says all Latinos have the right to come live in America because they descend from native peoples and the USA sits on entirely native lands. She favors "Reconquista" war against Europeans to take back California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. This is the driving force behind illegal immigration. AOC says immigration laws should not apply to Latinos.

Like you, I notice invaders carry the flags of nations they fled instead of our flag where they seek refuge. They celebrate the countries they left but hold America in contempt, shouting “Uncle Sam Stole Our Land!”

At an Open Borders protest in California a banner read: “If you think I’m illegal because I’m a Mexican, learn the true history because I’m in my homeland.” One activist said, “If 50 million of my people come here, we can take our land back.”

A B Williams from Central Florida on March 16, 2019:

Good Morning James, well done!

We must stay vigilant, as we (the MAGA hat wearers, lovers of this great Country, supporters of the U.S. Constitution ) are strapped with ugly our President has repeatedly been, for daring to speak truth about the greatness of this Country and its potential to be even greater!

Readmikenow on March 16, 2019:

I agree with what you've written. MAGA hats have also revealed the extreme hypocrisy of the left. I can only imagine what would have happened if people wearing "Hope and Change" hats would have been attacked in the same way as people wearing MAGA hat are being attacked. I know black conservatives as well as Hispanic conservatives who have been attacked for wearing a hat. The left agrees in free speech, as long as it's speech they agree with.

Brad on March 15, 2019:


Great article, and fantastic pictures that are so true.

The last time America was great, Americans had pride, but today the word pride has been reassigned to something very different.

The American people have changed so much that it is hard to recognize they are Americans. Today, the democrat idea of America, and Americans is bizarre. Instead of prosperity for America and Americans, it is social re-engineering where not only are the political right, wrong, but all the Rights in the constitution and its amendments.

Remember when the invasion from Guatemala was being photographed and made headlines. We didn't see any American Flags, only Foreign Flags. These people as your pictures states are the future democrat voters.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 14, 2019:

Vivian Coblentz ~ You are welcome. I love these memes, too. The article is so serious and heavy that I hoped the funny memes would lighten the mood a bit.

Thank you for reading my work and for your excellent comments. I am so glad you approve. I could not agree more with you than I do. It is the spirit of the Antichrist that animates the Left, whose ideology could be summed up as "Rebellion against God."

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 14, 2019:

T ~ I sure appreciate your awesome accolades and ongoing encouragement of my writings. I agree with your remarks wholeheartedly. Thank you for the visitation.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 14, 2019:

Patricia Scott ~ Thank you ever much for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your feedback. I hope to be surrounded by angels. :-) God Bless You.

Vivian Coblentz on March 13, 2019:

I love every point you make. You summed up all of my thoughts on the subject in one succinct article. I especially love your memes that fit so well. For the life of me, I can't understand why all these anti-American people even want to live here if they think it's such an awful country. I think they should try living in Venezuela, Russia, or China and see if they could prosper under those governments. I know you read "Ship of Fools," and Tucker Carlson made such a good point that fits with this article: America has become so diverse that we no longer share any commonalities to hold us together. You are also right on the mark to point out this is beyond politics and is the spirit of the anti-Christ at work. Thank you for this bold article!

The Logician from then to now on on March 13, 2019:

Well this hub page certainly says it all, pulls no punches and leaves me with one implied but unsaid conclusion which is the primary enemy of America is not Donald Trump or Russia or conservatives but the American left and it’s minions in office and especialy embedded in America’s unelected government bureaucracy and DOJ.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 13, 2019:

Well said. Making Amwrica Great Again also means a STOP to tbe divisiveness that now pervades our lives. Angels are on the way this

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