The former Attorney General Eric Holder started a conversation the other day on MSNBC when he was asked about President Trump’s slogan, “Make America great again.” Holder responded with this question: “Exactly when did you think America was great?” The implication was that America has never been great in the past.
Vice President Mike Pence decided to respond to the question by Eric Holder with four iconic pictures on Twitter. They were pictures of Washington crossing the Delaware River, Americans raising the American flag over Iwo Jima, Buzz Aldrin posing with the American flag on the moon, and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his famous speech in Washington.
You might think that would have ended the discussion. Actually, it started another one about American history from a leftist perspective. Consider one of the many twitter responses:
When Washington crossed the Delaware, there was slavery. When the flag was raised at Iwo Jima, Japanese Americans were in internment camps. When King marched on Washington, Black people could not vote. When we landed on the moon, millions were dying in Vietnam.
Perhaps this one response can help you see the leftist perspective on American history. No matter what good is done in the country, it is never enough. All of those statements are true, but does that invalidate the sacrifice and innovation that made some of these iconic pictures so meaningful to so many Americans?
One more point is worthy of mention. Few want to mention the political affiliation of those who were behind such evil. It was Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt that put Japanese Americans in internment camps. It was Southern Democrats who kept African-Americans from voting. And it was Democrat Lyndon Johnson who expanded the Vietnam War.
The Vice President tried to provide us with a history lesson, and instead gave us an insight into the mindset of the left in America.