Dangers of Diversity

Posted by Larry Miller on February 25, 2009 under How | Read the First Comment

Worshiping at the altar of diversity as advocated by the politically correct elites serves their purposes well, but what does it do for the rest of us? Does it help us unite to solve common problems, or does it split us into multiple camps where all we can see is our competing interests? If it is the latter, should we be viewing this politically correct article of faith as simply a well meaning error, or as a sinister attack on our country’s ability to function and lead the world?

Pursuing identity politics, that is, looking at each person as a member of some small, but downtrodden group rather than as an individual, serves to promote isolation from the rest of society and focus our attention on our differences rather than our similarities. It keeps us fragmented and distracted. We face many challenges in our country today. We need to pull together, but all we hear from our government is divisive rhetoric that keeps us at each others throats. The poor are told their plight is the fault of the rich. Union members are told corporate greed keeps them from getting what they want. One racial group thinks they are being held down by another. While the other group sees their opportunities given to less qualified workers based strictly on skin color.

The left, through the Democratic party has successfully balkanized America so many people see themselves first as members of some sort of aggrieved group that needs help in redressing some real or imagined wrong. One must give them credit for forging this disparate group, with often competing interests into a coalition that keeps many of them in office… even though few of the grievances are ever resolved.

What does this do for the country? It keeps our focus on our own parochial issues and off the greater challenges facing our country. It keeps many just voting their own financial interests, often to the detriment of the country. It keeps us from really considering the implications of the fluff coming out of Washington and our state capitols. We are kept dumb and angry with the wrong people. Many are kept so stirred up by organizations like ACORN with straw man arguments that they never realize that the very people they look to for their salvation are the ones who are creating the situations that hold them in bondage.

This distraction is costly. American citizens see their jobs and their country slipping away as illegal immigrants sneak across the border and companies outsource American jobs to overseas workers who work for lower wages… all with the approval of a government that is supposed to be serving it’s citizens. Yet, we are kept sufficiently fragmented that those in power from both parties proceed with their destructive policies, more concerned about offending their lobbyist supporters and contributors than the voters.

It’s time to take a hard look at the concept of identity politics and recognize it for the scam that it is. It’s time to reject the idea of the hyphenated American. There are no Irish-Americans, Asian-Americans or even African-Americans. We are Americans, no matter what our skin color or the source of our last name! We are all in this mess together and as Ben Franklin put it, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

Sure there are many things going on that are not right, but if we only look at our narrow interests we will be like crabs in bucket. When one gets close to crawling out, the others just pull him back down and they all end up as someone’s dinner.

Does this mean we all give up our identities? Absolutely not! It means that we face life as the individuals we were created to be, freed from confinement to group identities, freed to be the person we were designed to be from the time we were formed in our mother’s womb… freed to fulfill the purpose that each of us has for the time we have been given here on earth. And freed to set aside our own narrow interests to spend ourselves on something bigger than ourselves. This is the path to greatness, both as individuals and as a nation.

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