S.E. CUPP: Is America Great?

S.E. CUPP: Is America Great?

S.E. CUPP: Is America Great?

These are undoubtedly troubled times.

With the horrific terror attacks in Paris on the minds of many, and the rising threat of the Islamic State turning its attention to other targets -- maybe closer to home -- it feels as if the world is exploding around us.

And through the lens of a presidential election, the problems overseas as well as here at home look even more menacing and intractable. But are we still a great nation?

In the 2008 election, we asked ourselves where we'd been and where to go next. In John McCain, voters saw the past and in Obama a promising future. But who we are in this very moment in time -- and whether we're great -- is the question that this presidential election is shaking out to answer.

The Republican frontrunners say definitely not. Donald Trump is famously promising to make America great "again," and at his one-man-shows to packed crowds he points out all of her flaws and problems, from porous borders to high wages and women who feel under-cherished by their commander-in-chief. Much like his 1988 purchase of the Plaza Hotel for $390 million, his campaign for president is as much about restoring America-the-brand to greatness as it is convincing you it desperately needs this makeover.

 

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