Op-ed by Summer Lane | Photo: Alamy
The holiday season is upon the nation, and amid the country’s turmoil, it may seem difficult to find anything to be optimistic about. The economy is cratering. War is raging in foreign lands. The populace seems confused and discontented over once-simple social issues.
What is the future of American dream?
In early 2023, President Donald Trump spoke in Manchester, New Hampshire, assuring supporters that it was “NOT TOO LATE” to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” Indeed, “MAGA” has been the hallmark of his unprecedented campaign, which began in 2015 and set the free world on fire with his America First policies and common sense initiatives.
Can America truly be great again? This holiday season, voters are just one year away from the November 2024 general election, which is rapidly becoming a goalpost for the restoration of liberty and freedom.
American Christmas spirit
Amid his first term in office, President Trump uniquely captured the spirit of American patriotism and elevated the holiday season in a way that no president had done in decades.
RSBN reported that the First Family sent out Christmas cards while living in the White House. Before winning the presidency, Trump even told Yellowhammer Radio host Cliff Sims, “I go out of my way to use the word ‘Christmas.’”
He derided society’s push to sterilize the holiday season and move it away from a devoutly religious Christian celebration.
Christmas is clearly an important season for the First Family. This year, First Lady Melania Trump released another collection of Christmas ornaments, titled, “A Red, White and Blue Christmas.”
In a statement, she remarked, “This year, I sought inspiration in the love of my country. May the Christmas season be filled with an abundance of peace and love for all.”
In 2021, Trump reminded Americans that he had pushed resolutely for restoring the sanctity of the Christmas season, noting that his administration “brought it back very quickly.”
A servant’s heart
In late November, just days before Thanksgiving, President Trump showed a servant’s heart when he visited Edinburg, Texas, where he shook the hands of nearly 200 Lone Star service members working at the southern border.
He took pictures and chatted with every Texas Department of Safety trooper and National Guardsmen in line, providing a much-needed morale boost for the service members pushing back against a chaotic southern border crisis.
He told the servicemen and women, “You want to make sure our country is safe, and I know that almost every one of you individually…you do an incredible job and you love your country – you take the hard way out but it’s also the right way out.”
Throughout his initial campaign, his first term in the White House, and now, a historic third bid for the presidency, Donald Trump has demonstrated both warmth and support for meaningful Christmas and holiday traditions.
In 2020, before leaving the White House, President Trump and the First Lady delivered a brief but impactful Christmas address. Trump said, “As Christians everywhere know, the birth of our Lord and Savior changed history forever. At Christmas, we give thanks to God, and that God sent His only Son to die for us and to offer everlasting peace to all humanity.”
Under Trump, America was one nation under God – a nation united, a nation in celebration, and a nation at peace. This year, Christmas joy may be plagued with wars and rumors of wars, but the country can rest easy knowing that President Trump may very likely be returning to the White House soon, where he will once again elevate the American dream and protect the important season of bold hope rooted in the miracle of Christ’s birth.