Charley Reese: Multicultural malarkey poison pill for America
Multiculturalism is a poison pill prepared by people who hate America. The poison lies in the fact that every race and ethnic group in the world is to be honored except Caucasians of European descent. Any such showing of pride is to be labeled “Nazism” or “white supremacy.”
Both charges are bosh, of course. As part of the multicultural argument, it is often claimed that the United States has always been multicultural and multilingual. That is true only in a technical sense. Nearly all of the early immigrants were from Europe — mostly northern Europe, mostly Protestant Christians — and most all aspired to learn English if they didn’t know it. Read what John Jay says in the second of the Federalist Papers:
“With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general Liberty and Independence.”
Does that sound like multiculturalism to you?
It is easy to forget in today’s Orwellian world that the 13 original colonies, which became the 13 states, were all English colonies established by Great Britain. They were peopled largely by English, Irish, Scots and Welsh, with a smattering of Germans, Dutch, and French Huguenots. It is also easy to forget that these people lived in English colonies under English laws for nearly 169 years before they declared their independence.
When we speak of the American system of government, we are speaking of a direct derivative of the British government. The human rights we cherish and the English common law on which, at least in the past, our own laws were based were all from the green isles of the United Kingdom. An American who doesn’t know English history cannot know American history, and unfortunately, such people are legion these days.
It’s tragic that Native Americans living in the Stone Age were overwhelmed by a flood of immigrants who were technologically advanced. It is unfortunate that slavery was introduced to the nation.
It’s unfortunate that after the War Between the States, greedy industrialists in the North opened the floodgates to immigration, in part to settle the lands they had stolen from the American people. It’s doubly unfortunate that foolish liberals in the United States in 1965 passed an immigration law that opened the doors to practically everyone except Europeans.
Our nation, like all others, has its share of tragedies, mistakes and crimes, but that should never detract from the great accomplishments of the American people, particularly those men who founded this country.
As I have said before, I have been called an ethnic junkie because so many of my dearest friends are first-generation immigrants from Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, the Middle East and Europe. I have no problem with people from anywhere, but it is time to stop this steady degradation of American children’s European ancestors in textbooks and movies. They were not villains, and they produced one of the most advanced and culturally rich societies the world has ever known