Former Pres. George W. Bush once stated: “The diversity of America has always been a great strength of this country. Here you can be proud of your cultural heritage, proud of your ancestry, proud of your native language, and still be a proud American.”
I don’t mean to single him out for many if not most politicians have said the same thing at some time and although the quotation sounds great there is always something missing from these types of declarations.
We’ve heard the constant echoes of that same sentiment dribbling out of the mouths of progressives for years. It is one of the tried and true talking points of advocates that support the amnesty bill.
So what is always missing? Diversity of thought. That’s what seems to be missing, and I think purposefully, from every speech regarding diversity.
America is considered the great “melting pot” of the world. Nowhere on earth is there more cultural diversity. Yet different cultures residing in the same geographic location do not automatically equate to a melting pot.
The term melting pot was once synonymous with assimilation. It wasn’t that one had to give up his or her original culture to assimilate. It merely meant you were now an American first and whatever other culture second.
Yet we still have places like Little Havana, Chinatown, Little Italy, etc. where there is a predominant culture other than American. That’s just human nature, or for that matter, just nature. You’ll never see a giraffe joining an elephant herd.
Thus it is with those of like cultural backgrounds. It’s perfectly natural. It enhances the American experience but that diversity does not make us great. The freedom that comes from diversity of thought is what makes America the great melting pot — independent thinkers.
It seems, however, that those who preach about diversity the loudest want to limit diversity of thought. They preach diversity but expect a collective singularity.
Black Americans experience this possibly more than any other group. They are expected to act, think, and vote as a collective. If a black American dares to demonstrate diversity of thought or action, the collective shuns him or her.
Somehow diversity of thought has been supplanted by cultural and linguistic diversity as our source of strength.
It’s almost as if those who promote and extol the virtues of cultural diversity do so with a purpose.
As I stated, those of like cultures will congregate to form small collectives. I wonder if those who really do believe in the grand collective vision have figured out that it is easier to sway and control a singular body, to cause them to move en masse, then to control individuals of diverse thought and opinion.
Control the leader of the collective and you control the collective. Yes, it sounds nefarious but it is also potentially genius. Evil genius, but nonetheless genius. It’s the difference between herding cattle and attempting to herd cats.