Before Thomas Paine published Common Sense in January, 1776, no one in the British North American colonies would utter the word “Independence”. By July 4th, a little over six months later the Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence.
In more recent times, the concept of placing America First was something like “independence”, not to be mentioned in polite company. We were told that our best days were behind us, that the days of being the world’s economic engine and political leader were over. When Donald Trump coined the phrase “Make America Great Again” he challenged those shibboleths and in about 18 months reenergized the country.
Soon, in this time of hashtag shorthand, “Make America Great Again” simply became #MAGA. While millions understood in their gut what that was about, millions of others had grown up in an era that had taught them not only that MAGA was not possible, but that it was somehow negative for them and their aspirations.
With their book, America First: The MAGA Manifesto, Pat and Kate Scopelliti explain, in very common sense terms what MAGA is all about. Importantly they give the tools to others to explain what it is all about. Just as importantly, for those who do not understand the excitement, or think the movement is a threat to their own aspirations and vision, the Scopellitis point out how the MAGA agenda can benefit every American.
Inspired by the points made by candidate Trump made in the final campaign rally in the wee hours of November 8, 2016, America First: The MAGA Manifesto, takes each point and explains the ideas behind them in a series of essays.
The points are straightforward and the essays written in a common sense, reasonable, rational tone.
- Remember the Forgotten Americans
- Rule of Law
- American Jobs
- Quality of Life for Every American
- Heal Our Cities
- Build the Wall
- Make America Wealthy Again
- Make America Strong Again
- Make America Safe Again
- Make America Great Again
For those who want to understand and explain MAGA, this book is an invaluable tool. For those who think MAGA is the wrong direction for the country, it is worth reading to inform your own opinion and hone your arguments as to why it is the improper course. In short, it’s worth reading regardless of your viewpoint.
Having been to three President Trump rallies since the election, it is clear he makes the points covered in America First: The MAGA Manifesto each time he speaks. The thousands in the audience “get it”. With this book, it is likely many more will.
It is available on Amazon, both in hard copy and Kindle.