I really liked this article, Dave, but you have the wrong tense here. America was a really great place.
Present tense is only correct if you’re white and male. If you’re a black person terrified of police, a trans-person banned from the military, or a woman watching your reproductive rights dwindling away — maybe it’s not so great right now.
It can be great again, but we all know what Trump’s “make America great” mean. It means white and patriarchal, like in the “good old” days that were only good for wealthy white men.