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A Voice from Fly-Over Country
June 10, 2013

America's Destructive Love Affair with Multiculturalism
by Robert L. Hale
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MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — One of things that made America the greatest country on earth, until recently, was its commitment to being a melting pot of cultures rather than a multicultural society. The onset of the 1960s saw an academia rife with a radically different ideology about what made America great. Multiculturalism has brought America to the brink of chaos.

Academia has aggressively promoted multiculturalism — not simply as a good, but as the only good. Those challenging the concept have been decried as bigots and racists. Multiculturalism's proponents have argued that sustaining cultural differences and seeing all cultures as equally valid are, in and of themselves, goods that must be accepted and expanded.

 

Multiculturalism has brought America to the brink of chaos.    

These academics and social planners challenged the concept of a melting pot and have worked tirelessly to abolish it.

America's melting pot made the nation great because dozens of nationalities with significantly different cultural heritages came here to assimilate, and they did so successfully. They left their homelands because these places were hostile to their individual freedoms and imposed burdens that denied the human rights and opportunities America offered.

Immigrants did not turn away from their heritages and choose assimilation because they were forced to do so. They assimilated because they recognized that in order to reap the benefits America offered, they needed to adopt America's fundamental Judeo-Christian culture, in practice if not in belief. In doing so, many chose to maintain their own heritages and traditions, while gratefully accepting and supporting the fundamental cultural norms that gave them the freedoms and human dignity that their homelands had denied them.

They realized the cultures of their homelands were different from America's. They were not equal; they were deficient in many ways, and those differences were differences they wished to escape.

America's melting pot culture has successfully absorbed a multiplicity of nationalities, cultures, and ethnic peoples because, until recently, they had all come to America with common desire. They wished to escape the hostilities, inequities, and oppressions of their homelands. This fundamental desire unfortunately has changed, and America's current politically correct immigration policies are largely to blame.

When immigrants move to a country with a different culture and assimilate, they benefit and so does their new homeland. When they arrive and work to change their new homeland to mimic their native homeland, the only outcome is chaos and strife. In short, when the latter occurs, it is nothing short of an invasion with the goal of conquest.

With the rise of Islam worldwide, it is clear that this particular culture is not willing to assimilate and seeks to force others to either adopt the culture or suffer persecution. Contrary to the mantra of our academic elite, not all cultures are equal in merit.

Similarly, the U.S. has been invaded by more than 11 million illegal Mexican nationals. They have come to the U.S. to escape the lack of opportunity, government corruption, and poverty in their own country. The illegals and a growing number of American Hispanics are seeking to bring their culture to the U.S. and impose it. More and more are unwilling to assimilate; instead, they seek to force the rest of the country to adapt to them.

There are hundreds of nations on Mother Earth. There are reasons for national boundaries. Different nations serve a purpose; they allow a great diversity of cultures, laws, practices, methods of government, and beliefs. Not all are equally good, beneficial, or beneficent.

   

...when cultures mix and seek to sustain their differences within a country's borders, hostility and strife are likely outcomes.

A multiplicity of countries exists because each wishes to sustain its differences. It is possible for countries to successfully co-exist, not necessarily in harmony, but without open hostility. However, when cultures mix and seek to sustain their differences within a country's borders, hostility and strife are likely outcomes.

We can see this dynamic in Canada, with its tension between French-and English-speaking provinces. Canada is a divided country. The historical and geographical differences are exacerbated by the language divide, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to have meaningful cultural unity.

Recent riots in Sweden are the result of that nation's experiment with multiculturalism going bust. One Muslim summed up the problem this way — 20 years earlier when he emigrated from Iran to escape war and religious strife, he was part of a numerical minority. Since then, more and more Muslims have come; his neighborhood is now made up of foreigners, all promoting their own cultures. What he had moved to find was now gone — the Swedish culture has been so diluted that it no longer provides the benefits he found 20 years earlier.

Unless America awakens to the harms of multiculturalism and re-embraces the idea of assimilation as a prerequisite to immigration and citizenship, we will follow the path of Canada and Sweden.

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Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.

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