Andrew Yang is the Most Unifying Presidential Candidate in History
Andrew Yang inspires leadership on multiple levels and from all sides.
My inspiration to volunteer more in my local community, combat homelessness and reassess preconceived policy stances comes from Andrew Yang. Do not mistake my honesty for bragging because my change towards higher engagement in the community is purely selfish!
Yang’s leadership moves me towards higher levels of involvement and greater love for my fellow humans. One day, I hope to run for office and make a difference on his scale. For now, working harder as an entrepreneur and creating long term goals for my impact on California reoriented my life towards purpose.
Candidate Yang already promotes this sort of leadership from endless angles and for people of all backgrounds. He has not even been elected yet!
Least Racist Candidate Ever
In my first article, I claimed that Andrew was the least racist person ever to run for president. Evidence of his unifying and empathetic message and actions show in his campaign.
His interactions with black voters and media far exceeds the pandering one might find in most Democrat challengers. I do not speak for other people and only will take note of what black Americans say from their perspective.
Andrew’s sense of pride, unity and love for nation pushes him to see the inherent problem with leadership in Flint. Humanity comes first with Yang.
This majority black American city in Michigan suffered from lack of care, attention and response from American leaders both political and corporate. Andrew’s promise to drink the tap water with his family after he has the authority to deal with this crisis demonstrates his empathy as a leader.
Moreover, most politicians are all talk when it comes to the issue of reparations. What Yang said about the historical treatment of African Americans in the United States was profound and meaningful.
“This country was built on the backs of slaves. There’s no two ways about it. There’s nothing we can do as a society that would actually undo that harm or make that right. There is no redoing history. If we put this dividend in place… at least it starts strengthening communities and then we can take real steps forward… We can’t make things right but at least we can start moving things in the right direction.”
Andrew Yang on The Breakfast Club
The freedom dividend threads us together in a shared destiny. We all fight for the same goal.
Asian American friends and supporters tell me Andrew exemplifies strong leadership. One cannot deny that Yang fiercely approaches opportunities in media and on the campaign trail. As of this year, Asian Americans represent around 5.6% of the population and yet their total congressional representation amounts to 16 out of 535 (about 3%) in congress. Needless to say, on a federal level Asian Americans are severely underrepresented.
While many opponents of Yang shy away from their past or manipulate their identity to fit some arbitrary political polling, Yang is unapologetic about himself. Yang clearly contrasts candidates like Elizabeth Warren, a senator who exploited the Cherokee Nation to advance her career. While I give Warren a fair shake and touch on her positives, Yang has policy while being a relatable human being:
He loves himself because he knows he’s an accomplished, good person. He has nothing to hide about his immigrant story and what he and his family brought to this country. That is the type of leader we can all respect.
Speaking of immigration, Yang’s clear policy stance on the border, citizenship and DACA signals realistic thinking on the matter of American immigration. Mexican, South American and Asian immigrants comprise a majority of America’s new permanent residents. Andrew proposes the necessary changes for a broken immigration system.
About 2/3 of truck drivers in America are white males. The suicide rates for this group are high and the optimism for the future of their employment in middle America is low. Automation, the subject no politician except Yang will touch, will eventually destroy many middle American jobs.
Despite low unemployment under President Trump, no one talks about the low labor participation rates, high suicide rates, high rates of substance abuse and the decay of the family. Said problems hit middle America hard, targeting an especially vulnerable trucking industry compromised mostly of white males.
The media generally ignores these issues left and right because no one wants to admit that this economy brutally effects the working class of America. While most Republicans and Democrats avoid talking about white males, Yang addresses this head on:
Trump won swing states by appealing to working class voters of all races. While the president has made efforts to bring work back to these areas, Yang will ultimately win by being more realistic, forward and feasible. The freedom dividend is, mathematically, the answer.
Families, Volunteers, the Religious and Queer People
I love myself for all the different parts of who I am. I am blessed to have a loving family. I am blessed to live in a country that accepts me as a homosexual. All too often, however, Democrats and Republicans like to pit the religious against people like me. Democrats disparage family values and put down the religious community. Republicans fail to embrace secular volunteerism.
Personally, Yang is the best of both worlds. I recently started to volunteer more in my local community, both in religious and secular efforts. Data was divulged at one of Andrew’s college talks claiming that those who volunteer will experience a better mental state as a result. To be clear, I started volunteering purely for selfish reasons.
All these communities should work together rather than be at odds. I do not see gay people as victims and we should not seek to self-victimize. The religious communities of America should be allowed to operate and profess what they believe, as should the queer communities. As someone who is both religious and gay, there is common ground and while not everyone will accept each other’s thoughts, we can all work towards common goals as humans.
There is not much to say here other than the left and right are mostly talk when it comes to these social issues. Yang actually put himself out there with Venture for America. He stands up against the decay of family life. He promotes the benefits of volunteering. The freedom dividend will certainly bring more money into local religious communities. Lastly, I know many gay friends who were kicked out of or left an unwelcoming home at a young age. The freedom dividend helps with this issue as well.
What else is there to say? Everyone gets $1000 a month!