Heroes for Our Time

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Check out these ordinary people (and a few famous people) who are truly heroes for our time.

Greg Abbott: But we are not taking it as a joke in Texas. We are going to step up and respond the way we must respond to secure the sovereignty our state, to prevent the invasion that’s taken place in front of our very own eyes.

Charles Barkley: I think most white people and black people are great people. I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power.

Naim Barrechi: An abortion is interrupting a life. When a woman is pregnant, if she doesn’t take anything, if she doesn’t abort, the natural cycle is going to make a life emerge. It’s not the question of whether [the baby] suffers or not. The question is that a life is being taken away. A life that society has disregarded. … Giving life to someone, and on top of that having the responsibility of raising them, and being able to teach them and guide them, is the most beautiful and precious thing in the world.

Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr.: You can problematize anything. We can divide people up into infinite, minuscule subcategories and always point to the fact that somebody, or some group of somebodies, has been underrepresented or mistreated. … Antiracism knows nothing of forgiveness because it knows nothing of the Gospel. Instead, antiracism offers endless penance, judgement, and fear.

Glenn Beck: You cannot reach someone’s head without capturing their heart. And no one is going to capture anybody’s heart through violence. … Hate is not power. Hope and faith is power. Engagement is power. Perseverance is power.

Nina Bellamy: God and family are key. I have been through thick and thin, but the Lord has brought me through. And I still have the Lord—and my grandchildren—helping me through.

Nav Bhatia: Thank you for helping spread positivity. Basketball is a beautiful game and brings people together. We can use alot more of that in this world. God bless you and stay safe. (Bhatia was the first fan to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.)

Jamie Blanek: You can’t live in the negative … if you want to live your life. … God has a plan for me.

Lauren Boebert: Our rights and freedoms have been won and defended by the selfless service of the men and women who did not back down when asked to give all.

Cameron Burrell: Really, really brilliant athletes can slow things down. Your brain slows down. It’s a powerful tool. You consciously slow time down to check your body, your posture, your positioning, your acceleration, your turnover, and it’s all happening simultaneously. It’s brilliant when executed properly.

Gina Carano: It’s a very big deal to me to remain the same person because I know all of this is going to be gone one day and I’m just going to have myself.

Scott Cawthon: All this because I exercised my right, and my duty, as an American citizen, to vote for and support the candidates who I felt could best run the country, for everyone, and that’s something that I won’t apologize for.

Dr. Ryan Cole: Masks do nothing to protect you from viruses.

John Cooper: It’s those kinds of things that I see as a completely separate worldview than Christianity. But it is being imported into the Bible, and then people are using Bible scriptures along with that worldview—but they don’t actually go together. They’re kind of imposing a wrong worldview with the words of Christ. So, now the words of Christ don’t mean the same thing as they historically have meant.

Shontelle Cooper: Critical race theory is racist!

Colby Covington: I don’t have to bow down to anybody. No one is going to tell me how I’m going to think, or tell me what I’m going to do. I don’t have a commissioner breathing down my neck saying ‘Hey. If you don’t say this or run with this narrative then we’re going to cut you or take away your endorsements.’ So, thankfully in the UFC I’m able to speak my voice.

Byron “Tanner” Cross: I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher, but I serve God first, and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.

Kira Davis: What my son has lost at the hands of corruption is irreplaceable. His youth is priceless and the people he is supposed to trust to protect him have treated it like garbage.

Ron DeSantis: It’s offensive to the taxpayer that they would be asked to fund critical race theory, that they would be asked to fund teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other.

Byron Donalds: This morning, I joined CNN to discuss the importance of diverse thought and political ideology in the Congressional Black Caucus. As a young Black man born into the inner city, my perspective and conservative ideals should be welcomed to the CBC, not ignored. … As a black man in America, I’m allowed to have my own thoughts on who I choose to support and who I choose not to support.

Savannah Edwards: The first step to healing is forgiveness. … If you have a wound that hasn’t healed, it’s probably because you’re still picking at it. If you fill your heart with bitterness, there’s no room for joy. There’s no room for peace.

Amala Ekpunobi: We are bringing back segregation in this country, and people will sell it to you that we are doing it in a positive manner. … It perpetuates the same racist narrative that they are trying to run away from.

Daniel Elder: Because I was exiled, I started listening to voices on the right and the center, especially these classical liberals who have been exiled from the leftist movement. The strange silver lining is this shook me out of my prejudices a little bit.

Sophie Elsworth: They [journalists] drive to give the illusion that he doesn’t have any disputes with any of these international leaders. It’s really quite appalling to watch. And what happened to straight news reporting which doesn’t seem to be existent there [in the U.S.]?

Victoria Falana: If you realize you’re a human being, you can write better music about things people can relate to. … I want to draw joy out of people with my energy. Joy for me is not about happiness, it’s that level below, those little things that bring you peace.

Alejandro Giammattei: So the coyotes came and took the children and the teenagers to the United States and the borders were full. Not only with people from Guatemala, but with a lot of people from all over. Which is why our proposal is that messages should be clear. But if you have a lukewarm message, it only creates the opportunity to misinterpret.

Sara Gonzales: The company blocking a former president’s content from their site believes ‘access to the internet’ is an ‘essential human right.’ You couldn’t make it up if you tried.

Elijah Hall: Representing my country means a lot to me because I have family members that fought and gave their all for this country, I feel like we as athletes have a duty to represent our country the right way.

Pearlie Harris: The joy of teaching for me was not only inspiring the children, but trying to inspire the parents, too.

Ivory Hecker: I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers. And from what I’m gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this.

Gulchehra Hoja: The world will be better if we hear each other, if we love each other. Be a human. A grateful human. I think tomorrow will be better.

Vicki Hutchinson: We are not caged animals that have been shoved in the house. The way it made my family feel, and the smiles it put on people’s faces, I had to do it.

Tatiana Ibrahim: I think the board of education and those sitting on the panel are thieves. I think they are liars and have committed treason against our children. … Stop teaching our children to hate the police.

Amelia J: It’s sad that wanting unity, love and peace instead of division, segregation and hate is controversial today.

Rick Jewell: There’s something more to life than what’s going through his mind. … God loves you, guy.

Quincy Jones, Jr.: We’ve got to learn everything about music because it is the most fantastic, magical gift. People cannot life without music or water.

Sherina Jones: Take what you need. Donate what you don’t. … People come by and stock the fridge during the evenings or buy a bulk of things and drop it off. I’m so appreciative. We’ve all come together to take care of each other.

William Kelly: God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong.

John Kennedy: President Xi, who runs China, is a Gangster. He’s right out of GoodFellas. If you turn the other cheek to President Xi, he’ll just stab you in the neck.

Kimberly Klacik: Not all heroes wear capes. … This is a serious battle. Those that use common sense & logic verse those that speak/act before they think.

Glenn Loury: I don’t know all of the answers here, but I know that those victims had names. I know they had families. I know they did not deserve their fate. I know that black intellectuals must bear witness to what actually is taking place in our midst; must wrestle with complex historical and contemporary causes both within and outside the black community that bear on these tragedies; must tell truths about what is happening and must not hide from the truth with platitudes, euphemisms and lies.

Barrington Martin II: Crazy how black men don’t get the grace to think for themselves in this society.

Thomas Massie: I’m not a virologist, but I know how to read data! Everybody just needs to read. And don’t put your head in the sand.

Toni McFadden: There is nothing natural about taking the life of your own child. I do not care how empowering someone … may make it sound. The reality is I had no right to take the life of my innocent child for my own selfish gain. The last thing I would ever want for my beautiful girls is to believe that lie.

John McWhorter: Truly antiracist parents, in the name of love of their kids, should pull them from the Dwight-Englewood school as of next fall. Only this will arrest these misguided Elect parishioners from their quest to forge a new reality for us all.

Chelsea Mitchell: With every loss, it gets harder and harder to try again. That’s a devastating experience. It tells me that I’m not good enough; that my body isn’t good enough; and that no matter how hard I work, I am unlikely to succeed, because I’m a woman.

Van Morrison: I’m not telling people what to do or think; the government is doing a great job of that already. It’s about freedom of choice. I believe people should have the right to think for themselves.

Brandon Morse: But the anti-Trump narrative was born from a hardcore adherence to leftist politics, and CNN continued to cling to Democrats, more or less becoming a propaganda arm instead of a news network. … The problem of bias is so obvious and loud that across the sea, people are taking notice and laughing about it.

Jennifer Oliver O’Connell: The aftermath of all this supposed “racial awareness” from corporations, the sports industry, and the music industry is, as the Texans say, “All hat, no cattle,” and ultimately has not gone well.

Russell Okung: Teach your children to be wise enough to listen to what a person is not saying. … Forget left and right. Chase freedom! … Teach your children to believe in themselves more than authority.

Dolly Parton: Every day, I ask God to help me lift people up and to glorify Him. That’s my mission, to lift mankind up if I can and to make people happy. If there’s any light shining on me, I’d rather direct it at Him.

Chris Pratt: We count the names of each fallen soldier lest they be countless. They are the good guys. They run to the sound of gunfire. They know pain and suffering we never will. They have given us the most free and decent society planet earth has ever seen.

John Provenzano: I was surprised by the rules. A lot of them didn’t make any sense to me, like the fact that we were not allowed to play on the playground or have student council—or turn to face each other at lunch. And we also have to wear masks outside at PE and on track. … It seems unfair teachers take their masks off while they yell at us kids and that we need to pull ours up. I asked my mom if there was a word for this, and she said there is: hypocrisy.

King Randall: I work with children that have been molested. They have been sexually abused, that have been starved at home, et cetera. These children don’t have anywhere to sleep. And I take them into my home and I make things happen.

R.R. Reno: If students can be traumatized by “insensitivity” on that leafy campus, then they’re unlikely to function as effective team members in an organization that has to deal with everyday realities. And in any event, I don’t want to hire someone who makes inflammatory accusations at the drop of a hat.

John Rich: There are many conservative country music singers that just won’t say anything to push back against the ideologies that aim to erase what they care about. Why? You know why. I hope soon we see them start to speak up. The country music industry is out of touch with the audience.

Mark Robinson: We’ve got to run to the trouble, folks. And what is the trouble? The trouble is the Biden administration that is seeking to turn this country into a socialist hellhole. The problem is Antifa, that wants to roam the streets and beat you into submission. The trouble is Black Lives Matter. It claims to care about the lives of black people, but it’s turned a blind eye while violence in black communities is taking lives at a genocidal rate. They’ve turned a blind eye. That’s where the trouble is, and that’s what we’ve got to run to. … It doesn’t matter what color you are, what nation your folks hail from, or how much money you got. We all share the same name. We are Americans.

Paul Rossi: I refuse to stand by while my students are indoctrinated.

Mike Rowe: I want people to radically rethink higher education. Toward that end, I’ve always maintained that making a four-year degree less expensive is a great symptom, but a lousy goal. The better goal is to make a four-year degree less necessary than it currently is. That’s not an anti-education position. It’s a cry for rationality, proportionality, and common sense. The vast, overwhelming majority of jobs that require a diploma from a four-year school, should not.

Antonio Sabato, Jr.: May the beginning of the week bring along new hopes and new opportunities for you to touch new heights in your life.

Tim Scott: So people see you as a statistic and not really as an individual. And to me, one of the greatest cravings of the soul is individual significance. … Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them—and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor. From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress. By doubling down on the divisions, we’ve worked so hard to heal. You know this stuff is wrong.

Sinach: Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness, My God, that is who You are.

Ty Smith: I worked for myself from off the streets to where I am right now, and you’re going to sit here and tell me this lie of critical race theory? … The reason why black folks can’t get ahead because of white folks? Are you kidding me? This is what we’ve come to? I can’t believe we even talking about this right now.

Nicole Solas: This is what they do. They smear people who ask them questions, who disagree with them, and it’s just a false accusation of racism that they use to bully you into silence. … Parents across the country have to start holding their school officials accountable. They are our civil servants. They work for us. They’re not supposed to be these tyrants in the classroom. We need to stop being afraid of retaliation.

Lavern Spicer: Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society, even if you disagree with their politics.

Dana Stangel-Plowe: Over the past few years, the school has embraced an ideology that is damaging to our students’ intellectual and emotional growth and destroying any chance at creating a true community among our diverse population. I reject the hostile culture of conformity and fear that has taken hold of our school.

Leo Terrell: I had to get away from the asylum. And guess what? I escaped, and I’m not going back.

Clarence Thomas: I will not be scared. I don’t like bullies. I’ve never run from bullies. I never cry uncle. And I’m not going to cry uncle today, whether I want to be on the Supreme Court or not.

Xi Van Fleet: I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools. You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history. … Critical race theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our school.

Lilit Vanetsyan: Don’t be afraid to speak out for your kids, because they are voiceless and they rely on you.

Alex Villanueva: When lives are at stake, I have to do something. And if you handcuff the local law enforcement in this case, the specific duties of the LAPD to not enforce the rule of law, well, bad things happen.

Matt Walsh: This is how Americans do it. We don’t wait for the government to save us. We take matters into our own hands and get things done. Alexis de Tocqueville recognized this as the genius of the American experiment.

T J Watt: This is the destruction of one of the grandest ecosystems on Earth. … When a forest like that is cut down, it’s gone forever.

Jill Wheatley: No one climbs a mountain alone. … Adversity doesn’t look the same to everyone. It might not be traumatic brain injury or vision loss, but every human can connect to adversity, to vulnerability, to being open and authentic.

Anita “Lady A” White: And I think of all the musicians and singers that came before me, who played the chitlin’ circuit and who couldn’t go into hotels, couldn’t play in places. My mom, my grandmother and my great-grandmother who all sang, I owe them something, I owe them that respect because they instilled strength and encouragement and inspired me.

Jason Whitlock: Fear is the enemy of truth, freedom, and the American dream. … Fear is destroying America. It locked us in our homes, forced us to cover our faces, and forbade us to worship together for more than a year. It stole freedoms we took for granted.

Andrea WidburgOur American system is based on faith. It’s based on faith in the Constitution—namely, that the government will abide by the limitations the Constitution imposes on it—and faith that our governing class, no matter what it needs to say to other nations in both peacetime and war, will deal honestly with the American people. A government that is unconstrained by the Constitution and truth is a danger to the American people.

K.G. Wilson: To bring change we have to focus on what’s happening right here. That’s what’s going on. It’s time to speak the truth, but everybody’s afraid to speak the truth.

Robert L. Woodson, Sr.: Our nation doesn’t have to be defined by its birth defects. We can be defined by our aspirations and our promise.

Kory Yeshua and his daughter: My baby is going to know that no matter what she wants to be in life, all she has to do is work hard and she can become that. … Work hard! Even if you don’t know anyone, you can make friends. … Children do not see skin color, man, they love everybody.

ZubyMost people would rather lie to remain in the majority, than tell the truth if it means becoming a minority.

Jill Wheatley: No one climbs a mountain alone. ... Adversity doesn't look the same to everyone. It might not be traumatic brain injury or vision loss, but every human can connect to adversity, to vulnerability, to being open and authentic. Click To Tweet

The real heroes in this country are the heroes of law enforcement, are the heroes in military. Those are the people that are protecting our freedoms and fighting for us everyday and sacrificing the ultimate sacrifice—their lives to keep us free. — Colby Covington, UFC fighter

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