Posted here for March 12, 2018
The road back home
We are constantly reminded by "everyone" -- on the left and right -- how precious "diversity" is. It is universally applauded.
"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." (Maya Angelou.)But if diversity is so wonderful and beneficial, why is it necessary to tell us so time and time again? Endlessly? If diversity is such a good thing, why isn't it obvious; why doesn't it go without saying?
"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor!" We heard that so many times, but that didn't make it true.
A case could be made that there are countless examples where diversity is not a good thing. Here are a few examples:
Basketball teams. All the players are tall. To celebrate diversity, shouldn't some midgets be added to the teams?Ah, immigrants. We have happened upon the heart of the matter. All the calls for diversity are aimed at justifying a flood of immigrants. Republicans want cheap labor; Democrats want votes for Democrats. (It seems Republicans haven't yet figured out that if there are enough Democrat voters, there won't be any Republicans elected to office.)
So, our politicians have flung open the doors at our border and encouraged millions upon millions of immigrants to come here. Millions of legal immigrants. Millions of illegal immigrants.
Oh, the diversity! Many (most?) don't speak English. Many (most?) are not highly educated. Many (most?) have few employable skills. Some (many?) are criminals. Many (most?) do not share our attitudes, values, and beliefs.
As they stream in, our country is changed. Our country's attitudes, values, and beliefs are being skewed. Our country's culture is being transformed. Our thinking, our wishes, our hopes are being shifted. The America we used to know has become something foreign, something altered from what it once was.
Muslims allow up to four wives per husband. Is that what we want here? With enough Muslims, that's what we'll get.Different cultures incorporate different attitudes, values, and beliefs into their way of life. They become ingrained. They define the cultures. They create cultural histories. They are fundamental to the people in the cultures. They are fundamental to how people live and to how they demand to live.
When people with significant differences are merged together, there's tension. There's conflict. Sometimes, there's fighting. Sometimes there's killing. These outcomes are not the result of compatibility. They are the result of incompatibility! They are the result of . . . diversity.
There are great differences around the world in attitudes about equality, individuality, hard work, freedom, mobility, safety, competition, efficiency, and on and on. (Source.) Every difference creates friction. The attitudes are so basic, people cannot let them go. You cannot un-believe something just because someone wants you to.
Christians and Muslims have been fighting for a long time, from at least 1,500 years before the first Crusade. (Source.) They did not fight over issues of compatibility. They fought -- and continue to fight -- over issues of incompatibility. Diverse attitudes, values, and beliefs have been the cause of the fighting, blood-shed, and over four million deaths!
An article in the American Thinker states: "[T]he greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogeneous settings. The study ("The Downside of Diversity," published on Boston.com in 2007), which was the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings."
Another article in the American Thinker states: "Of the top ten most diverse countries in the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence since 2001. For whatever economic benefits it may bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence."
A article in Quillette states: "[M]ass migration is the singular challenge of the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect our response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations' cultures and political economies."
An article in BarbWire states: "Perhaps the most sinister and dangerous lie the left has beaten into the brains of unthinking Americans is that there is strength in diversity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Diversity, as the first syllable in the word implies, divides. It does not unify. It fractures, debilitates, and diffuses. Energy that could be harnessed through unity of purpose and values is frittered away. America became the greatest nation the world has ever known -- freer, stronger, more prosperous, more stable -- for one reason: an unshakable commitment to common core values and standards. That's not diversity, that's unity."
Walter E. Williams: "Diversity worship and multiculturalism are currency and cause for celebration at just about any college. If one is black, brown, yellow or white, the prevailing thought is that he should take pride and celebrate that fact even though, just as in the case of my eye color, he had nothing to do with it. The multiculturist and diversity crowd see race as an achievement."
Thomas Sowell: "The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department."
Thomas Sowell: "Can you cite one speck of hard evidence of the benefits of 'diversity' that we have heard gushed about for years? Evidence of its harm can be seen -- written in blood -- from Iraq to India, from Serbia to Sudan, from Fiji to the Philippines. It is scary how easily so many people can be brainwashed by sheer repetition of a word."
Theodore Roosevelt: "The one absolute certain way to bring this nation to ruin . . . would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."
Pat Buchanan: "Where liberals see as an ever-more-splendid diversity of colors, creeds, ethnicities, ideologies, beliefs, and lifestyles, the Right sees the disintegration of a country, a nation, a people, and its replacement with a Tower of Babel. Visions in conflict that democracy cannot reconcile."
Recommended: "What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right."