When you dare to challenge the “diversity gods,” expect more than a little blowback from its “high priests.”
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, a longtime traditionalist culture warrior, likely expected as much, but he entered the fray anyway on Friday with a tweet hammering the concept of diversity as a “strength” and quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban on the ramifications of mixing cultures.
Diversity is not our strength. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” https://t.co/ZlMXzcc87w
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) December 8, 2017
After stating diversity is “not our strength,” King followed up with a tweet defining what actually is America’s strength – “assimilation” – a concept that “has become a dirty word to the multiculturalist.”
Assimilation has become a dirty word to the multiculturalist Left. Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) December 8, 2017
Of course, King’s truth bombs brought the “high priests” out in full force to defend an increasingly indefensible concept. Since there’s not a whole lot of logic behind the concept of diversity as instituted by liberals, they naturally took to denigrating and name-calling.
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The problem with a lack of diversity, Congressman, is that it tends to lead to in-breeding of the sort that creates monstrous dimwits like you. https://t.co/IZBVdHAs47
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 8, 2017
Iowa Rep. Steve King is spewing more white supremacist rhetoric. This is a constant pattern with him. This man is in a position to influence laws and policies that negatively impact victims of white supremacy https://t.co/Kem7c427kE
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) December 8, 2017
— Nick Ryan (@NicholasTRyan) December 8, 2017
And even called for King to resign.
Sickening. Hateful. Racist. UNACCEPTABLE
You should remove Steve King from office @SpeakerRyan @SenateMajLdr
Hate is AS criminal as sexual impropriety https://t.co/l34I7bwguz
— RodDizzle74 (@BlockONation) December 11, 2017
We should also push members of Congress to resign for their racism. https://t.co/epQub93h0Z
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 8, 2017
A senior editor at National Review was one of the few seemingly willing to debate the concepts King was bringing forth.
A very strong strain on the right (over here and over there). Deserves to be debated, with honesty. What does "mixing cultures" mean? Different from mixing races and ethnicities? Etc. Orbán is a big star with many on the right. (Blame Soros, who gave him a scholarship!) https://t.co/XLg0wZ3dyE
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) December 8, 2017
A great question, and worth debating if one can get past all the hysterics, hand-wringing, and name-calling. Of COURSE King isn’t calling for an exclusively white America or trying to exclude other races and religions. However, he IS extolling the virtues of what actually once made America great – people from other nations coming here and conforming to our way of life – assimilation. But, that’s not what the diversity priests teach today.
The Daily Caller’s Scott Greer brilliantly opines:
Both King and his detractors believe in assimilation, but they disagree on what must be assimilated to. The Republican congressman believes immigrants must assimilate to America’s traditional Anglo-Protestant culture, speak its language, respect its laws and institutions, and venerate its culture and heroes.
King’s critics believes the deplorable natives must assimilate to America’s new cosmopolitan identity. Instead of embracing the things King holds dear, Americans should be united in contempt for the old Anglo-Protestant culture, as well as the the false heroes it begat. Rather than venerating American history, one must be “woke” and see it as a chronicle of land theft, slavery and genocide.
America can only redeem itself through mass immigration and multiculturalism. Which is why diversity is our greatest strength, liberals argue. Outside of the few heroes left unmolested by political correctness and the egalitarian impulses of some Founding Fathers, diversity is the best thing about the country.
This one good thing about our country is imbued with an almost magical-like quality by its believers. Diversity makes us strong merely by its existence. We all become smarter when everyone is different. Without it, we’ll all become inbred morons like Steve King.
Doubting diversity’s greatness is a serious blasphemy that the cult won’t abide by, as evidenced by the vitriol thrown King’s way.
Greer goes on to wonder what the “diversity crowd” expects will actually bring Americans together, other than “being different and platitudes about equality.” Where Teddy Roosevelt once wrote, “We must Americanize them in every way, in speech, in political ideas and principles, and in their way of looking at the relations between Church and State. We welcome the German or the Irishman who becomes an American. We have no use for the German or Irishman who remains such,” today’s America only seeks to assimilate traditional Americans into the cult of diversity.
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And the future prospects are grim.
Looking at our current politics and society, it’s nigh impossible to see our diversity as a stabilizing glue. New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat noted this fact in a column published over the weekend.
“The United States has the rules of a democratic republic but, increasingly, the cultural divisions of a sprawling Old World empire,” Douthat writes.
What makes America seem like a hollow empire is “the scale and diversity of our country is vast and wild, encompassing immigrants from every part of the world and a native population riven by racial divisions, ideological wars, and a widening religious chasm.”
The only thing that unites us is our loose affiliation to the state, an actor we dread if our domestic enemies control it.
“Democratic life requires accepting that your own faction may be out of power roughly half the time. But in a culture this diverse and divided we trust our fellow citizens less, we share less with them, and we fear that any political defeat will leave our communities at their mercy, that if we lose power we will be routed and destroyed,” The Times’ columnist wrote.
As to the long term viability of diversity, one would be wise to check out the work of Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, whose research a decade ago showed that diversity soon turns into distrust between groups and actually hurts civic life.
If Steve King weren’t over the target, he wouldn’t be getting nearly so much flak.
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