The pinnacle, and the abyss, of multiculturalism

Multiculturalism?

What could be bad about sharing the U.S. with other cultures?  Are we not the melting pot of the world?  Do not other cultures have and offer so, so much of value?

Of course they do.

But is that the question?  No.  The question is, what’s great about America, and do we want to keep her the greatest country in the world, the go-to country in the world?  The country millions and millions, if not billons, want to call their own?

I don’t know about you.  Maybe you believe that we should not strive to bring the rest of the world up to our standards of, most importanty, freedom; but also of morals, of work ethic, of quality of life, of opportunity?  And yes, of tolerance?

But tolerance has to be tempered.  Our tolerance will overwhelm us, bury us, eventually destroy us; particularly when our tolerance does not set a standard for those who bring their culture to our shores, and who take the easy out.

The easy out?

Yes, the easy way.  It’s human nature to take the easy way. Those who emigrated to the U.S. in the past were not offered a multi-culture. They were offered neighborhoods where they could find neighbors who shared much of what their past had been—religion, food, manner of dress, mores, and behaviors.  But still they had to learn the language, obey the laws of their adopted country (street signs in English, as an example), join in day to day interaction with long time Americans who had assimilated to a new culture…a uniquely American culture.  Bisquick did not print it’s labels in both languages as they do now, so what’s happened as a result of our tolerance?  Those reading labels are not compelled to learn to read them in English.

It’s such a simple concept it shouldn’t need to be said.  Give them the easy way, and they’ll take it.

Give them Spanish ballots and they won’t be compelled to learn the issues from English speaking sources.  Is there a Spanish radio station or television station or newspaper that’s not extremely liberal?  That offers a real look at what made America the great free enterprise country she is…or at least was?

What’s changed?  In my opinion we began to degrade the country when we allowed those new to our shores to read and speak only their native tongue.  When ballots were offered in Spanish, then Latin Americans, legal or illegal, no longer had to listen to the broad scale of radio and T.V. , or read widely offered newspapers in order to glean the information needed to make intelligent choices, to vote for whomever they felt was the best to represent their beliefs.  Give them Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Arabic T.V., and they’ll watch it, and be stuck in their own cultures, and not compelled to assimilate that of their adopted country.  Not compelled to see, hear, and learn what the original multiculturalism has created, the greatest country on earth.

When schoolrooms offered a half-day of Spanish teaching, what resulted? A half-day of education for those who didn’t speak Spanish is what resulted. Should a foreign born child be taught English?  Of course, but not at the expense of a native born child.

Am I suggesting that we force Procter and Gamble or General Mills to print labels only in English?  No, I’m far too much of a free-enterpriser to suggest tampering with almost anything done by a company merely trying to increase sales.  But I am suggesting that ballots, the very basis of our way of life, the very foundation of this country, should only be in English, and more so, that English should be declared, and legally so, the language of the country.  I don’t think our forefathers ever foresaw that the language of the country would or could be anything else.

Even if it takes a Constitutional amendment to do so, and I’m about the last one to suggest tampering with the Constitution.

And, yes, we must embrace multiculturalism, but not at the cost of Americanism and all that’s made this country great.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…,” but then bring them up to our standards.  Don’t allow all that’s wonderful and great about America to cave into theirs.

The easy way is seldom, if ever, the best way.

Great Britain is learning the hard way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DANUGbwmgE&feature=related

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