Glenn Beck said something recently that, frankly, surprised me.
Beck told Megyn Kelly on Fox News’ “The Kelly File”:
“I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language, because I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart. And it’s not who we are. I didn’t realize how really fragile the people were. I thought we were kind of a little more in it together. Now I look back and I realize if we could have talked about the uniting principles a little bit more, instead of just the problems, I think I would look back on it a little more fondly.”
Beck told Kelly that while he had “an awful lot of fun” doing his show on Fox a few years ago, he had made “an awful lot of mistakes.”
His comments brought to mind the late Joe Nixon.
Nixon spent his life advocating for peace and harmony as publisher of the Wabash Plain Dealer and president of Nixon Newspapers Inc. His mantra was advocating the critical need to bring people together. It continued to the day he died in 1988.
His advocacy is more important now than ever.
Too many people refuse to get along, refuse to compromise, refuse to accept others’ religious beliefs, refuse to recognize others’ political ideas, refuse to eschew hate, refuse to treat others fairly.
Our country has been undergoing a vicious rending in which civility and tolerance be damned. Hatred in its most virulent form has poisoned our need to reason together, to work out our differences, to act for the betterment of society as a whole, to keep our democratic principles intact, to preserve the liberty we have cherished since 1776.
Beck’s utterance of “uniting principles” also brings to mind the late Nelson Mandela, who said, "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."