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We Don’t Need to Make America Great Again… We Need to Make It Normal Again

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We should always look to our past to gain wisdom and insight into our political future in America.

The election of 1920 was a lackluster election, America was tying up the loose ends of WWI, the Progressive Era was coming to a close, and our economy was uncertain, if anything.

But the remarkable thing about the 1920 election was Warren Harding’s campaigning spiel. It wasn’t about making America great again or fighting for you; instead, it was a calm call for a ‘Return to Normalcy.’

Harding believed that the war had ‘tainted’ people’s thinking about America’s place on the world stage, that far too many were willing to enter into a new era of America throwing around its political and military clout. He summed up his platform with:

America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality.

And it worked.

Harding won over 60 percent of the popular vote and a landslide in the Electoral College (404-127).

And while people might say times were different back then, we must remember the time of civil unrest they were living in–with terrorist bombings a common place event as the anarchism movement struck against the the banks and the wealthy, huge organized protests filled the streets of Chicago and other cities, and a wave of Irish immigrants aroused nativist feelings throughout America.

We tend to think of the problems of immigration to be modern ones, but even the so-called ‘hyphenated American’ problem goes back to the era of the 1920 campaign, and with disastrous political effect:

I want to say—I cannot say too often—any man who carries a hyphen about with him [i.e., a hyphenated American] carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready. –Woodrow Wilson, 1919

The Irish immigrants were once a safe bloc for the Democratic Party, but the rampant insults, refusal to support a free Ireland, and the expectation of full amalgamation made most abandon the Democrats in favor of Harding’s call for normalcy.

In America today, we need a country that has returned to normalcy, the things that have always made us great: strong, equitable trading relationships, a foreign policy based on diplomacy, and an ever expanding culture formed by the contributions of all Americans.

During the next presidency, how we deal with the changing demographics in America, the global war on terrorism, and our economic turmoil at home will all be the standard by which we are judged as a free country.

Making America ‘normal’ is simply having the faith that we can and will address all of our nation’s problems in a manner we can be proud of–that we are the exemplar nation, the so-called ‘city on a hill.’

Because ‘normal’ in America is when we address changes in our society in a calm, democratic manner.

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259 comments
Betty Davalos
Betty Davalos

This is something I don't like. Trump is not a joke he's a danger. Being Pres. is just the one thing he doesn't have. Will he still want it if he gets it?

Joe Twardus
Joe Twardus

AGREE come NOVEMBER once we clean the garbage out of Washington it will be normal again. TRUMP the only clear choice

Ann Logan
Ann Logan

What is normal? Each of us have our own definition of what normal is. I just want our country to be the best that it can be. That means that we have to be the best that we can be because this piece of land is nothing without it's people. This country is what we make it. It is about making sound choices that will select a good leader not just the president but in congress & the choices that the president makes in his cabinet & aides. Our Constitution is about the people. We have many problems & our leadership over the past 8 years has not been good for our country. But we are about to embark on a new leadership. We need to ask God for guidance in selecting the best leaders that will go by what is best for the whole country. But, the most important thing that everyone of us can do is to bring God back into prominent use in our schools & our government & most of all into our families.

Gordon Riffe
Gordon Riffe

Trump is the only person that will get the job done. If another liar politician is voted in, shame on America.

Steve C Wixson
Steve C Wixson

Why should the rich rule? Where is that in the constitution?

Eric Stine
Eric Stine

Veterans Have Created a NEW Political Party for Everyone, & Every Lifestyle!!! Veterans Party Of America! www VeteransPartyOfAmerica Org

Robert Baker
Robert Baker

Normal America is great America! God bless the United States! God bless the Donald Trump!

Gina Pickell
Gina Pickell

No I don't agree! We've had years of politicians telling us they would address our problems ! No ones done it and I don't know to many people proud to elect a criminal or socialist in the United States. The Democratic Party of Kennedy who asked not... Is gone! That party has swung so far to the left the whole world has been effected. If the Democrats don't like a law or if that can't revise it , they ignore it! The immigration laws don't need to be revised but enforced! We bring in over a million immigrants LEGALLY ever year! We just need to enforce the laws we have. If we continue to invite untold numbers of immigrants and pay for healthcare etc, how long before the crushing weight destroys us all? We need an outsider to throw all these jerks out!

Brenda Duffey
Brenda Duffey

Unfortunately, the standard that I assume he is using as the "normal" is the result of years of white male control of everything in this country and the media "buying of America."

Peggy Frye
Peggy Frye

this goverment KNOWS.."Mr Trump" is INNOCENT OF "THIS"..BUT..Do You..is there a better reason..than Treason For Crimes "Against Humanity"?? ..Let's "Remember" this is "Real"..When President Putin of Russia mo's ago..addressed the 'American People' on OUR National Tv..and Told Us..I don't blame the 'American People' because we didn't know..But the President of the USA and his Administration has Created ISIS and I'm going to Kill ISIS to prevent genocide of Syrian People..Now the World Knows..USA Envolved Other Countries..Encluding Russia into War..and according to an interview 3days ago..Charles Krauthammer said..obama calls ISIS the JV team..JV stands for Junior Varsity..Now..dummer care has allowed the JV team yrs to Grow..yrs to Spread around the World..dummer is not only the head of this Nation..but he has made the USA into the "ObamaNation" causing desolation with ISIS around the WORLD..no doubt..Explains his 'desire' to see the "American Flag" changed to fit his Face..where the "Star's" are..AND..he is NOT a USA citizen..and is Using.."someone" elses SS Number?? Impeach?? to Late..he needs to be tried in a "Constitutional Court of Law"..and his syco assistant in 'creation' hillary..CRIMES AGAINST "HUMANITY"..I have sent this to Judge Pirro and Judge Napolitano..and others..

Don Miller
Don Miller

Getting a lot of the money back out of politics would be a great way to start! I heard numbers the other day that Trump has received 1.3 billion in free air time from his corporate buddies, but he isn't taking any money from pacs or wealthy donors! LOLOOL, The only people he does get money from are wealthy period!!

Jane Daube
Jane Daube

He is right. Everyone please vote for Trump. He will keep us safe and free.

Mary Neal
Mary Neal

What is normal? Everyone as their own ideas.

Jerry Ford
Jerry Ford

Get rid of Bump and Shillery elect Bernie Sanders back him up DONE DEAL!!!

Jimmy Whitman
Jimmy Whitman

Trump flip flopping again Trump the stupidest of all the candidate's for president.

Jim Belcher
Jim Belcher

U. S. Muslims and Trump Most people are not aware of the facts stated below, therefore I am sharing this with all of you. *Here is something to think about**, and why so many Americans support Donald Trump !!* (This information has all been checked, then double checked... it is 100% Correct.) That's why there is such an alarm within US government, since Trump's statement about temporary suspension of migration of Muslims to US till US authorities make sure there is a proper concept of safe penetration of US territory. People are stunned to learn that the head of the U.S. CIA is a Muslim! Do hope this wakes up some! You mean until it hits you like a ton of bricks read it again, until you understand! We now have a Muslim government. John Brennan, current head of the CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia. Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live. Hillary Clinton's top adviser, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose mother and brother are involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, Arif Aikhan, is a Muslim. Homeland Security Adviser, Mohammed Elibiary, is a Muslim. Obama adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam al-Marayati, is a Muslim. Obama's Sharia Czar, Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society of North America is a Muslim.. Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo Patel, is a Muslim. 1/13/15:?? Nancy Pelosi announced she will appoint Rep Andre Carson, D-Ind, as the first Muslim lawmaker on the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. It would make Carson the first Muslim to serve on the committee that receives intelligence on the threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East! He has suggested that U.S. schools should be modeled after Islamic madrassas, where education is based on the Quran!!! And last but not least, our closet Muslim himself, Barack Hussein Obama. It's questionable if Obama ever officially took the oath of office when he was sworn in. He didn't repeat the oath properly to defend ournation and our Constitution. Later the Democrats claimed he was given the oath again in private. CIA director John Brennan took his oath on a copy of the Constitution, not a Bible..?? Valarie Jarret wrote her college thesis on how she wanted to change America into a Muslim friendly nation and she is a Obama top advisor. Congressman, Keith Ellison took his oath on a copy of the Qur'an. Congresswoman Michele Bachman was vilified and verbally tarred and feathered by Democrats when she voiced her concern about Muslims taking over our government. Considering all these appointments, it would explain why Obama and his minions are systematically destroying our nation, supporting radical Muslim groups worldwide, opening our southern border, and turning a blind eye to the genocide being perpetrated on Christians all over Africa and the Middle East. The more damage Obama does, the more arrogant he's become! Our nation and our government has been infiltrated by people who want to destroy us. It can only get worse! If you fail to pass this one on, there's something wrong.. Somewhere! In his book he said, "if it comes down to it, I would side with the Muslims". (And still, some insist he isn’t Muslim!) Common sense doesn't grow in everyone's garden. Now Vote for Trump 2016 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Jimmy L Roberts
Jimmy L Roberts

We need to get everyone on the same page and repair the damage that 8 years of Marxism has done! We need to put the Socialist,Communist and Marxist that voted for Obama that we are Capitalist and we don 't haue any plans to "fundamentally charge our country "and that they can go away now! We need to tell Muslim Extremist and those that seek to harm us that "We are the Infidels that Allah warned them about " and take the battle to them, then tell the "Socalled peaceful muslims " that they aren 't our true friend,they are our enemies and we will behave accordingly! And finally we need to all those apathetic,lazy,biggotus,racist,violent, hateful and criminal people and their anarchist rich supporters that we are done watching our people die,including police as well as normal people. We are done watching our cities burn and no peace in our streets that it 's time to heal and get back to being Americans! End of rant!

Tim Williams
Tim Williams

Sane would be an improvement - intelligent a huge leap forward!

Rudy Lewis
Rudy Lewis

Vote Trump for America and the world.

Joe Shlabotnik
Joe Shlabotnik

I love how many candidates run on this "the system is broken, let's fix America" platform. If the broken system puts you in office, either your part of it or the system actually works. Pete running g on these catch phrases are always the first off my list, regardless of party affiliations.

Daryl McClover
Daryl McClover

We are not a country that Accept's loosing very well . I am glad that Mr Lindsey Graham is not the commander and chief with that kind of an attitude .. Look like Mr Donald J. Trump is the only candidate that will fight to wind for The American People and lay it all down , and keep on fighting regardless of how many adversaries that may arise ... America that's the kind of a champion , and commander , and chief we need in the White House in this day , and time we are living in ! A "FIGHTER"!! Evangelist D. McClover

Charles Samek
Charles Samek

Going out bombing, killing and bashing heads will never make us great.

Michael Rew
Michael Rew

Make America beautiful again vote Melanie

Steve Eiland
Steve Eiland

The Entitled are grasping at the last straws. Normal is providing for yourself and your family. Not being dependant on government, and whining when you don't get something for nothing. You want opportunity, vote Trump2016!! All others are more of the same incompetence;

Robert Baker
Robert Baker

#Trump2016. This is what I agree totally!!!

Elise Hokman
Elise Hokman

There have been decisions made by Congress which sounded good at the time and have played out terribly - especially in terms of economic policies. However, there is no nor has there ever been a 'normal' in my lifetime. We focus tremendous energy on the Presidency yet fail to hold Congress accountable for its' actions. We really need to (as a nation) get this branch of government operating as intended. In order to do this, gerrymandering needs to be addressed, the use of lobbyists needs to be addressed, and bills with everything attached that don't relate to the intent of the original bill needs to be addressed.

Mike Rypczynski
Mike Rypczynski

My home value is up 80,000 now worth more then it was 5 years ago My 401K is making me money Houses are sell in days Every person I know is working A lot of company's are looking for help Mostly in automotive Industry parts suppliers and mfg Gas is 1.70 per gallon

Kelly Strole
Kelly Strole

Only a country of economic illiterates would campaign for Socialism while Socialist countries are failing around them at the same time! Want Socialism? Feel free to move to one of the countries practicing it. Just for a while as a test. But when, not if, you want to come back, you have to share your experience with the other economic illiterates. Also, feel free to live in your dream world. What some of you refuse to see is that history has shown that it turns into a nightmare! Every. Single. Time.

Bobbie Gilbert
Bobbie Gilbert

good freakin' luck, you have your work cut out for you, the masses dont want peace........think about it

Kelly Strole
Kelly Strole

What you're calling "normal" means more of the same old BS! No, we have to take this country back from the people that are OK with the status quo! Vote for Trump 2016! And term limits for Congress!

Arthur Wilson
Arthur Wilson

I hope and pray that Donald Trump will be our next President! This nation will literally be gone if Trump is not elected! I truly believe that God is behind Donald Trump. No man can have this many people against him and still absolutely dominate the polls and the primaries/caucuses without God being behind him. Go Trump!!!

Werner Krix
Werner Krix

Please tell me what normal is again?

Jacqui King
Jacqui King

Our normal state of being used to be great. I want our country back to normal. If we are not great the entire world is in danger.

Terry May
Terry May

I just wish that we could make America America again

Michael Hall
Michael Hall

America hasn't been normal since we Europeans arrived (genocide, slavery, fratricide, infinite homicide, etc.). The only thing we can do is try to make it better. But we can't even admit what we have made of it already. No point in building higher walls. The immigrants are already here. It's us.

Marvin K Dean
Marvin K Dean

normsl is justa setting on a clothes dryer, bozo