The cultures of the United States of America can be vastly different from state to state. Those differences range from political beliefs, religious beliefs, ethnicities, and race. Every American knows each state has a dish or food that won’t taste as good from anywhere else — New York Pizza, Wisconsin Cheese, New Mexico Chilies, and one map showed Utah’s food as green jello (watch out for the shredded carrots!) Travel from state to state, visit the sites and listen to the sounds; pay attention to your surroundings and you will notice the beautiful differences each state has to offer. Rich culture and individuality exist in every state, and together they become an amazing, unified country!
Unity means pieces that come together to make one? Oneness doesn’t necessarily mean the same, does it? A wife can be one with her husband, but differences always exist between them. Perhaps she is great at math, but he is more artistic. Most importantly, they have the same understanding of the love they share. That is what makes them one. They are stronger as one.
The states are intended to exist as individual entities that work together as one nation. Many presidential candidates promise better national unification and not many elected presidents accomplish it. Does it make a difference?
President John F. Kennedy has the highest, overall approval rating compared to the other US presidents after WWII. In fact, his approval rating was relatively steady, ranging no more than 27 points during is 22 months in office. What did Kennedy do to earn such a high approval rating? He:
- Created a Sub-cabinet group to track racial tensions
- Laid the groundwork for The Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Peacefully resolved the Cuban Missile Crisis
- Created the Peace Corps – encouraging US citizens to help others and promote peace
- Set the thought-impossible goal of putting man on the moon
- Emphasized “Ask not what your country can do for you — Ask what you can do for your country!”
Is there a current presidential candidate capable of bettering the unity of The United States of America? Racial tension, once again, exists. ISIS endangers Americans’ way of life and lives. The Democratic and the Republican parties have built divisive walls that seem impossible to break down. Yet, when we work together, are we not stronger?
Independent Candidate Evan McMullin claims other presidential candidates’ divisive natures destroy unity. He intends to foster unity by adhering to the fundamental right of liberty at home and abroad.
In various interviews, McMullin has discussed the need to give power back to the states. Conservatives generally value a smaller federal government, but many may not have considered it as a unifying mechanism. McMullin points out that he believes the different cultures, religious, ethnic, racial, and political views are part of who we are and what makes us great, but trying to legislate a one-size-fits-all bill doesn’t work well with the diversity our country. He states:
We have this diverse country all competing over resources when [we] have widely divergent views of different issues. People at the state level need to be able to chart their course according to the constitution.
During an interview with the Southerland Institute, McMullin pointed out The United States already has a system designed to give states the ability to exercise their liberties. He gives the example of two states (Vermont and Utah) that may want completely different healthcare systems. The thought was followed by these words:
People at the state level need to be able to chart their course according to the constitution . . . I believe that will help us come together because we will be united in the cause of liberty, not necessarily every little issue.
McMullin, who has worked with refugees, served a two-year mission in Brazil, and worked with Muslims as part of his CIA work, says he firmly believes in the liberty of individuals. He feels people should choose how they live their individual lives and expect diversity in religious and political thought, as well as in ethnicities and racial backgrounds. Tolerance and individual liberty are described by McMullin as going hand-in-hand. He strongly emphasizes that this ideal must be exemplified by the President and leadership of the United States.
Unity plays an important part of national security, and McMullin believes The United States must be unified as one in order to facilitate unity with allies. Just as the example of the husband and wife above suggests, he believes in celebrating differences while remaining united as one in conduct. He emphasizes that it is through a unified belief in liberty that the United States gains strength.
In his A New Era of American Leadership address, which focused on foreign affairs and was given at Georgetown University, McMullin often focused on the ideals of the United States. He explained that the values, or ideals, provide the foundation for most of the United States’ national power.
These principles, these ideals, and our commitment to them generates tremendous goodwill across the world — not only among governments but also among individual people . . . It’s important because it means that countries welcome our leadership, follow our lead, [and] aren’t afraid of our positioning of military equipment, even on their territory. In fact, there are many countries begging us for it.
McMullin’s address on foreign policy contained many ways he intends to protect the security of the United States, including stopping Assad and ISIS through various tactics, updating the military, and fostering the value of liberty. In the address, he also mentioned many ways a president must handle foreign affairs. here are four.
- A president must conduct himself in an honorable way with honesty and integrity while rejecting all forms of bigotry and prejudice.
- He must build strong alliances and partnerships which will then generate security and stability for the United States.
- A president must use peaceful and diplomatic means to promote democracy and human rights.
- A president must be more proactive instead of reactive by strengthing alliances and stepping in before situations become crises.
Similar to Kennedy, McMullin wants to protect and celebrate American diversity. It is through the differences and the belief in liberty that the country is unified. This is important to McMullin in both the United States and the relationships the US has around the world. As Kennedy was able to avoid a nuclear war using peaceful means, McMullin believes in proactively preventing crises through peace and friendship. Kennedy helped the country to become desegregated. McMullin wants to return the states’ ability to legislate for themselves and to commit to unification under the constitution.
Trump and Clinton’s low approval ratings are often accredited to their dismissive actions toward American ideals and values. McMullin supporters believe in American values and feel unable to support the party candidates because of their lack of values. Evan McMullin stands for the constitution and for the ideals written within. His words and actions prove it. Americans choose the President of the United States through the liberty afforded them by the constitution. Will they vote for a President willing to protect that fundamental right?