We live in a time of cultural and civil unrest where lines are drawn and voices demand to be heard on critical topics involving politics, race, equality and religious beliefs. Our institutions, our laws, even our own identities, are under intense scrutiny. Political correctness has seemingly co-opted the national narratives on many issues; divisive rhetoric promulgates disingenuous rants about tolerance while being intolerant and inclusion while vehemently excluding messages and spokespersons they dislike.
The issues are overwhelming; the lack of civility frightening.
Joe Battaglia, author of Make America Good Again: 12.5 Biblical Principles to Unite Our Nation, Restore True Greatness, and Reshape Our Political Rhetoric (Broadstreet Publishing) believes that we are at a crossroads in our current culture—and we really need to be a good people before we will ever be a great people. Battaglia, the son of Italian immigrants, affirms that America will become good again when it follows foundational principles from the Bible about how to heal the cultural divides between us, appreciate our differences, better understand our corporate relationships to each other, find common ground on issues of the day, and learn to communicate respectfully
With personal stories and a faith-based perspective, Make America Good Again addresses some of the divisive issues related to politics, immigration, tolerance, gun control, climate change and poverty, and offers solutions to regenerate our national character.
Battaglia reminds us that the genius of our nation, embodied in our national motto E Pluribus Unum, is that we are all different, yet one; not that we are all the same and one.
“Greatness is about achievement; while goodness is about character,” he says. “We need to be better people. In the words often attributed to French social historian Alexis DeToqueville, ‘America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.’”