Unity in Diversity?

Posted by Larry Miller on July 12, 2010 under How | Be the First to Comment

franklinThe financial regulatory bill recently passed by the house provides for an “Office of Minority and Women Inclusion” for each of the agencies created by the legislation. That is not one office… but one for each agency. Even setting aside for a moment the concern that such a scheme is not a valid approach, can anyone say, “duplicated service and duplicated expense”. It does though, help to maximize the number of new federal employees, probably union employees. However, taking Ronald Reagan’s admonition that, “The closest thing to eternal life on earth is a government program”, this policy is even more disastrous to an over-leveraged economy and the tax paying citizens.

We can only hope that we see enough change in Washington to defund such programs in the absence of the possibility of an actual repeal. At a time when our country is more divided than at any time in the recent past, we do not need one more, or multiplied numbers of agencies designed to assign quotas and pit one group of citizens (usually) against another.

The United States has long been known as a “melting pot” where newcomers to our country were integrated into a more or less common culture with common language and aspirations. Immigrants came here, and believed they were coming to the promised land. Most saw an opportunity filled land and they wanted to get their piece of the pie. Our country prospered as more and more legal immigrants joined the pursuit of the American Dream. This is not surprising as our creator knew the value of unity when he said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:1-9 NIV)

Unfortunately, somewhere around forty years ago, academics and overly ambitious political types decided they could garner more influence by pushing the idea of multiculturalism. It’s the old strategy of divide and conquer. From a common effort to keep our country strong, we moved to parochial society primarily looking out for group benefits, even if it did damage to the rest of our American brothers and sisters. This fragmentation of society can be defined by memberships in unions, or some sort of racial or possibly social group. Instead of working to create an expanding economy driven by entrepreneurial effort and expertise, we have retreated to a zero-sum game where everyone’s gain is offset by someone else’s loss.

This is a plan destined for failure. It is a plan that, by definition, makes our citizens jealous of any gains by any group they don’t belong to. We have become suspicious of our government and suspicious of our fellow Americans… anyone not like ourselves. Ivory tower promoters of the multicultural curse on our land live in the dream world where the words of Karl Marx, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” actually make sense. They totally misunderstand the human nature that will cause men (and women) to create and innovate when they can reap rewards for their ingenuity. This same human nature will slam the brakes on innovative creativity if people see the fruits of their labors snatched away before they can be enjoyed.

The lack of economic understanding on the part of the national government, concerning the creation of wealth they intend to confiscate to fund their grandiose schemes is astounding. We cannot continue to carve out benefits for unions, ethnic groups and now, illegal groups. We have an administration obsessed with the common political practice of creating focused benefits combined with broad base financing to the point where the broad based financing consists, not of the taxpayers, but the taxpayers grand children.

I have been learned many years ago that when you find yourself in a hole… you stop digging. The Obama administration, already way over its head in debt, is even bringing in a bigger backhoe to dig even deeper. They are catering to the most extreme and least productive segments of our society and their base, promising all sorts of benefits at the expense of other segments of the population. This is a situation guaranteed to create dissension and fragmentation of our society… possibly even violence when the money runs out or the citizens tire of being financially raped.

Our country is in trouble and this condition will not be cured until we send the multiculturalists packing and return to our founding values of individual responsibility and unity of purpose. We cannot remain fragmented and stand strong. We cannot rob Peter to pay Paul… even though the current plan has the complete support of Paul. It is time to review Ben Franklin’s sage advice that “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

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