President Donald Trump is trying to take us back to a time where we had pride in America, where we put America first, where ‘Made in America’ meant something. It’s a feeling we haven’t had in a long time.
His 'America First' message makes people think back to World War II, where 'Made in America' and Buy American' led to an economic boon.
“The era of economic surrender for the United States is over,” Trump said in Michigan last week.
We haven't heard that kind of message from an American President in a long time. Cal Jillson at SMU explains that 'America first' message started to lose steam in the 70's and 80's.
“It was a period in which state governments cut back on their support of education,” Jillson explained. It led to people not having the education to be competitive in the modern knowledge economy. We have far fewer industrial jobs.”
Trump's message is one that people like San Jacinto County GOP Chairman Dwayne Wright likes hearing.
“It was American pride that drove our robust economy. It used to be a big deal. Made in America used to be on all the commercials. Now it’s nonexistent, even with stuff that is made in America,” Wright stated, adding that it’s about time we put ourselves first as a country.