If you lived in a family that told you it was a bad family, that it had never been good, how would you treat your family members? And what kind of future would you envision for yourself? Not a very good one, most likely.
And that is what former President Obama did to America: he was the first president to tell Americans that they were not great--that they were, instead, perpetrators of injustice and racism.
America did not respond positively to this message. Instead of becoming repentant and more unified under a call to improvement, America grew more and more racially divided. President Trump has now had to deal with the seeds of bitterness that Obama sowed.
And Obama's message of self-doubt to Americans is still seen in his former Attorney General, Eric Holder, who recently mocked Trump's goal to "Make America Great Again." In an interview panel responding to Trump supporters, Holder tried to stir contention by asking, "Exactly when did you think America was great?"
“It certainly wasn’t when people were enslaved. It certainly wasn’t when women didn’t have the right to vote. It certainly wasn’t when the LGBT community was denied the rights to which it was entitled,” Holder said.
Franklin Graham had quite a different answer, tagging both President Trump and Vice President Pence in a passionate Facebook post:
"A few days ago, President Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder said in an MSNBC interview that he would ask the question—'Exactly when did you think America was great?'" shared Graham.
"Wow—where should we begin? There’s a long list, but I would say America was great on the day our nation was born, the day we declared our independence from oppression and tyranny. We were great when we signed our Constitution. A constitution that ensures freedom to worship God as we feel led; a constitution that gives every citizen the right to the right to bear arms, and much more. America was great when we defended freedom here and around the world by defeating fascism and communism, holding up the beacon of freedom’s light for the whole world to see," wrote Graham.
"As the article in this link points out about America, 'If that nation is not great, then no nation has ever been great.' Great doesn’t mean perfect. But regardless of who you are, there’s no greater country you could be born in. There’s no greater country for my children and my grandchildren to be born in. Americans need to thank God for His mercies and blessings and work together to make it better," encouraged Graham.
"It’s shameful that Mr. Holder doesn’t get it. What if we all answer his question for him right here and share it with others? WHEN DID YOU THINK AMERICA WAS GREAT?" ended Graham's post.
The comments were inspiring. One of the most liked comments was by an immigrant granted citizenship:
"The day I went to the INS offices in Orange County to pass my Citizenship test in 1995," Teresa said. "I was by myself and when I passed it, I was in such a shock that I walked to my car in a cloud, crying and praying. The sense of belonging to the Greatest Country has never left me. God bless the 🇺🇸 USA!!!"
Another powerful comment came from a Vietnam veteran:
"The moment I was old enough to understand what that meant. Probably just after my 19th birthday," Tim shared. "The day I landed in Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam. It was the summer of 1970. I spent the next year of my young life in the jungles of Vietnam trying to stay alive. That's when I learned how great America was."
What would you answer? Share in the comments! We want to hear! Thank you!