It was in their unity, not their
diversity, that the strength of the colonies resided. So
Patrick Henry believed, as he
declared, "The distinctions between
Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers and
New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian,
but an American."
National identity must supersede
state identity for America to survive
Yet it has lately become fashionable
to say that America is great not because she is united,
but because she is diverse. It is because America is a
multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual
nation that she is a great nation.
A corollary is that the more diverse
America becomes, the better and greater she becomes.
After the Los Angeles riot of
1992, Vice President Dan Quayle was asked by his
Japanese hosts if perhaps America did not suffer
from too much diversity. "I begged to
differ with my hosts," Quayle retorted. "I
explained that our diversity is our strength." [May
America was settled by colonists from the British Isles.
In 1789, two centuries after
Plymouth Rock, we were 99 percent
Protestant. Until the
Irish came in 1845, there was almost no immigration.
Even during the
Great Wave of 1890-1920, the number of immigrants
was a fraction of the 38 million here today. And all had
come from Europe. By 1960, we were almost 90 percent
European and more than 90 percent Christian—of one
nationality, American, one language, English, and one
That America is gone forever.
Last week, we learned that in the
last seven years 10.3 million people, almost all from
the Third World, entered the United States, more than
half illegally. [Immigration
at Record Level, Analysis Finds, By Julia
Preston, New York Times, November 29, 2007] The
nation that was one-tenth minority in 1960 is now
one-third minority. European-Americans will soon be a
minority in the nation, as they are today in California,
Texas and most large American cities.
And when that day comes, what then
will unite us as a people?
Certainly not religious faith, for
the last 40 years has seen a
large influx of Muslims, the rise of a rabid
secularism and the break-up of Christian churches—the
Episcopalians most recently—over issues of morality:
homosexual bishops, assisted suicide, stem cell
research, Darwin, creationism. No longer are we
united by a common language, as the fastest growing
radio and TV stations are
Hispanic. And certainly not culture, as we are in a
cultural war over
And how can we say diversity is a
strength, when the most diverse nations of Europe,
Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, shattered into 22
nations as soon as they became free, and Slovaks and
Ethnic and linguistic diversity is now
pulling Belgium apart, as they tore Cyprus in two.
Since World War II,
diversity—racial, religious, ethnic, cultural—has pulled
Malaysia, the Indian subcontinent,
Pakistan, Indonesia and
Ethiopia apart, and is today pulling Iraq, Turkey
and Lebanon apart. How, when tribalism is everywhere
ascendant, is diversity a strength?
When Islam arose in the 7th century,
our world became more diverse. Fourteen centuries of war
followed. When Catholic Europe became more diverse with
the Protestant Reformation, a century of war followed,
ending in a Thirty Years War that carried away a third
of all the German people.
There came a new diversity when the
English came to the Red Man`s continent in 1607 and
Africans were brought as slaves in 1619. From that
diversity came the near annihilation of American Indians
and a racial divide that led to the American Civil War,
bloodiest in the West in the 19th century.
Britain is more diverse than in the time of Victoria and
Churchill. Is Britain a better, stronger nation now that
Londonistan, madrassas defend the London bombers and
race riots are common in the industrial north?
Has Germany been strengthened by
the diversity the Turks brought?
France a stronger nation for the 5 million to 8
million Muslims concentrated in the banlieus?
How have the Japanese
suffered from their lack of diversity?
Melting Pot—language, law, culture—worked to make us
one nation and one people.
But that Melting Pot, cracked and
broken, is rejected by multiculturalists as an
instrument of cultural genocide, crafted by white
Europeans to annihilate native cultures.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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