Sunday, September 19, 2004

Basu - Let Multiculturalism Ring!

She's at it again - remaking Iowa in the UN's image.

I laughed out loud at her first one-sentence paragraph:

Congressman Steve King has become a full-scale embarrassment to

Now, I'm certainly not a big Steve King backer, but really Rekha - I thought you had that you had filled that position filled.

Rekha is concerned because Representative King has the audacity to shine a spotlight on her agenda.

Iowans are familiar with this ethnocentric, immigrant-baiting rhetoric from the western Iowa congressman. Earlier this year, he wrote to constituents, "words like diversity and multiculturalism are being used by those that want to erase the world's borders, create one currency and water down American values and democracy."
I take issue with Mr. King on many of his views. However, on this one... I'm afraid he's right. One of primary strengths as a country comes from diverse backgrounds melding into a common culture.

Multiculralism - and it's bastard stepchild "identity politics" - will be this country's undoing. You want live in the Balkans... stay this crazy quilt course.

As Teddy Roosevelt said almost 100 years ago:

We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans of American nationality and not as dwellers of a polyglot boarding house.

You know... it's almost as if Rekha wants the common culture in this country to evaporate into the UN "polyglot boarding house". Nah... that certainly could not be true.


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