Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

We live in an age of division and divisiveness. Racial tensions remain high and political tensions even higher. Demonstrators took to the streets and airports to protest the executive order that temporarily banned immigrants from nations that harbor terrorists. Now, a battle is brewing over Donald Trump's cabinet picks and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  Politics is a tough arena, but it seems that we're being stretched to the limit by those who fan the flames of hate and division. Which leads to this question, what is it that holds us together as a nation? America is an idea. It's the idea that we're created equal and God endows us with rights. We're a land of opportunity and a nation of laws. These ideals should bind us together in a greater way than our differences separate us. They are ideals worth fighting for and remembering these truths might just help to unite us as a people and nation.