All too often we hear about White-Black race relations, or White-Hispanic relations, or Black-Cop relations. It’s time to reject this narrative. Such marginalization of people only separates these respective groups farther apart, and makes reconciliation all the more difficult. The Al Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons, and other race baiters of contemporary American society are doing more to damage American society than anyone else.
I propose rejecting these voices, and paying attention to people who seek to unite all Americans across the board. This is my short-list of people who I believe to be key in bringing people back together again.
1. Tim Scott
Tim Scott is a class act. First appointed Senator by Governor Nikki Haley in 2010 after Jim DeMint resigned, little attention was paid to him by the media or Americans at large. However, the 2014 midterms broke tremendous records, particularly for Scott, as he became the first Black American elected as a Senator since Reconstruction. Scott obliterated the leftist narrative that Southern America is full of racists and White supremacists who want to keep the black man in chains (in the words of Joe Biden).
Now that Scott has burst onto the scene, he simply cannot be ignored any longer. However, the amazing thing about Scott is that he has used his position in a positive manner, not seeking to tear down others, but to look for ways to collectively lift each other up.
Glenn Beck interviewed Scott in early November, and his stances are outstanding. Scott is one of the great proponents of school choice in the Senate, and he uses this stance to unite people for the greater good of future Americans.
I believe that Tim Scott is a key player in the growing movement to reunite Americans. He has several things going for him. He is an accomplished black man (not to throw in the race card here, but for now we have to acknowledge this), he made history in his election to the Senate, and all of this works to bust the narrative of racism on the right.
2. Mia Love
Mia Love is another class act out of Utah. Love is the first black Republican woman to be elected to the United States Congress, again making history. She ran for Utah’s Fourth Congressional District in 2012, and narrowly lost to her Democratic opponent. However, she came back full force in 2014, and won 50-47%. She has become a force to be reckoned with, and is not afraid to even stand up to Hillary Clinton.
Just like with Tim Scott, it’s not about race for Love. It’s about principles that work for everyone regardless of color or creed. She supports the 2nd Amendment, energy independence, right to life, local control over education, and many other decentralizationist views.
Of course, Love presents a threat to the leftist “divide and conquer” agenda. In 2012, someone edited her Wikipedia page calling her a “dirty, worthless whore” and “House Nigger.” Go figure, leftist tolerance displayed in all its glory.
But I have not seen her respond back with hatred. No, she simply stated that it was in all likelihood due to her opposition to the Obama administration; this is probably a solid assumption. God forbid though we oppose a Democrat who is black. RACISTS!
Mia Love does not bow down to the race baiters and hate-mongers of the left. She rises above it, and provides us an example that we do not have to be a part of the low life culture.
3. Glenn Beck
Glenn is one of the outlying figures in political media. He is one of the few people that I can actually stand listening to any more, because he does not put forth the hate-filled agenda that both the left and the right use. I make it clear that I will hit Republicans just as hard as I will Democrats, and even more so, because there must be honesty and integrity on both the part of the voter and on the political leader. Beck recognizes this as well, and in recent years he has been emphasizing that.
The most important things that I see in the development of Glenn Beck is his willingness to reach out to people across the aisle, and link arms together on the things that matter. No more was this more explicitly demonstrated in June 2014, where he tore apart President Bush, and praised the left for the warnings about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Glenn Beck Radio- Now, in spite of the things I felt at the time when we went into war, liberals said: We shouldn’t get involved. We shouldn’t nation-build. And there was no indication the people of Iraq had the will to be free. I thought that was insulting at the time. Everybody wants to be free. They said we couldn’t force freedom on people. Let me lead with my mistakes. You are right. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.
Who would have thought that Glenn Beck, GLENN BECK, would be admitting that the left was right about the wars? Who would have thought that Glenn Beck would be agreeing with the Chicago teacher’s union about Common Core? Who would have thought that Glenn Beck would be joining arms with Montel Williams on the VA Scandal? The interaction between Montel Williams and Glenn Beck, I think, is one of the most important examples of people who disagree on fundamental issues who can still come together to fight for something that anyone can agree on.
Beck has stated that times like these are where we will find ourselves with “strange bedfellows.” Civil conversation can still happen between liberals and conservatives, or even with those crazy libertarians (of which I am one). Putting aside our political difference for a time and finding what we agree with is how we can come back to treating each other like decent people again.
4. Rand Paul
I’m going to be really partisan here. I would like to see Rand Paul run for President in 2016. Forget the Jeb Bush argument; Bush will only bring more progressive big government upon us. Is that really what will fix America’s problems? Well if you want more government then you’ll get it, but if you want liberty, then Rand Paul is the best option to roll back excessive state power.
Paul is a unique figure. His father, Ron Paul, is a hero among the libertarian crowd. But the younger Paul has run into issues with his father’s following because he doesn’t appear libertarian enough to them. However, Rand does maintain an advantage that Ron never had, and that is the ability to be pragmatic and work within the system.
I have to say that Ron Paul is right about a lot of contemporary issues, but his approach does not attract as many people to the principles of liberty as the Rand Paul approach. For instance, in March of 2014, Rand spoke at the University of California at Berkeley, and received a standing ovation from those in attendance for his speech about domestic spying. This is a remarkable step forward for the GOP because Berkeley is a heavily left wing institution; the fact that anyone right of the far left could receive any support is astounding.
Rand has done what no other Republican has been willing to do; go into places where Republicans are not willing to go, and speak to people who are not Republicans. His libertarian leaning stances attract people from all parts of the political spectrum, especially with his warning about the dangers of mass domestic surveillance.
Rand Paul is hardly as polarizing as someone like Ted Cruz. Both are staunch defenders of the Constitution, so far as I can tell, but Paul’s approach brings people together, unlike the Cruz strategy which has brought more division among people. The message is highly important, but the messenger is also key to spreading the message of liberty. Paul does this more effectively than anyone else in the Senate, and arguably in the national government.
These four people are all highly influential in the political world. Tim Scott and Mia Love destroy racial stereotypes, and have taken a great deal of flak from the left for it. But they continue fighting, and show that it’s not all about race.
Glenn Beck continues to astound people on both the political left and right with his predictions and assertions. Agreement with some far left wing people has not become uncommon for Beck these days, but yet he still has not given up any of his principles. The fact that he can do such is rare in anyone these days, especially a talk radio host.
Rand Paul, while still a relatively new player on the field, has a great potential to unite almost anyone in the cause of liberty. The fact that he can do so without completely polarizing the Senate, and turning everyone against him is an advantage that Ted Cruz does not have. Whether white or black, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, Rand Paul has brought people together to fight for liberty like no one else in contemporary times.
If the United States wants to survive, the people must not allow themselves to become the victims of those who power who wish to divide and conquer. Division among the people is one of the most dangerous weapons in tyranny’s arsenal. These four are just a few of those who may be able to bring unity back together, but on the national spotlight, they are by far the most prominent.