There are many reasons not to take Donald Trump’s bid for the Presidency seriously. That said, I hope that someone asks him a very specific question: “Mr. Trump, your slogan is ‘Make America Great Again.’ This presupposes that things used to be better. When were things better in America than now? Give a year, please.”
Let’s begin by assuming that Trump is an enlightened man with no gender or racial animus. After all, “the blacks” love Donald, right? So, we’ll eliminate every year before the passage of the 19th Amendment because it’s not really all that great to ban more than half of the population from full citizenship. And, if we can agree that not allowing “the blacks” to vote, stay in hotels, or otherwise be regular everyday folks who don’t get beat up, locked up, or killed for doing things like asking for the right to vote or eat with white people is not a sign of greatness, we can exclude everything before 1965 as non-great too.
So, from 1965 to 2015. We have a 50 year window to find greatness. Unfortunately, in the mid-1960s things started getting pretty dangerous in America:
Well, that’s not great. Turns out we’re safer now than we’ve ever been in America. Especially in the last few years:
But maybe, given his chops as a businessman, he’s talking about the economy? But still…
So, you’ll notice that most indicators for regular folks (the people Donald care most about, right?) reached their peaks in 1999. Ignoring the fact that that was a period of an unsustainable bubble, I guess we have found that elusive point where America was “great.” So, can we rightly rewrite Trump’s campaign slogan to “four more years of a Clinton economy”? I’m not a genius, but if you want a Clinton economy, maybe there’s a better choice out there?