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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 20, 2010/ 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Multiculturalism? Check, Please

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel tossed one of progressivism's most cherished concepts under the bus. "This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed," Ms. Merkel told members of her Christian Democrats (CDU) party, adding that the idea of people from different cultural backgrounds living "side by side" didn't work. What is multiculturalism? It is a bankrupt ideology, one based on the fraudulent premise that all cultures are "equally viable" and "equally deserving" of respect. Are they really--or is this another simple case of progressives looking at the world the way they want it to be, instead of the way it really is?

The way the world actually is underscores the fatal conceit of multiculturalism: if all cultures are equally viable, then why are we witnessing massive movements of people away from some countries and cultures towards other ones? Why for example, if Mexico and the United States are merely "two sides of the same coin," do we have millions upon millions of Mexicans sneaking into the United States, and virtually no Americans sneaking into Mexico? Why are millions of Arabs abandoning their ostensibly worthwhile lifestyles in the Middle East and Africa and emigrating to Europe?

Could it be that such concepts as freedom, democracy, economic viability and equal rights for women are more attractive than religiously-inspired totalitarianism, ingrained misogyny and/or corrupt economic systems that yield little hope for advancement?

You bet your life they are. And yet the multiculturalists among us would throw it all away. Theirs is a world in which it is unseemly or arrogant to expect those who make the choice to move to a new nation to embrace the ethos of that nation. It is the host which must accommodate the guest, lest that host be perceived as bigoted, racist or nativist. Such incongruent thinking begs a stunningly obvious question: why should success accommodate failure? And let's be clear here: people don't completely uproot their lives and those of their families in order to purposefully lower their standard of living or diminish their opportunity for a better life. The intention to emigrate, despite al the ideological blather to the contrary, is a self-admitting revelation:

Life is better somewhere else.

This is not to say other cultures are not worthy of respect. The integration of people from ethnically diverse backgrounds can be richly rewarding, and there is no greater beneficiary of such rewards than the United States of America. We are a nation that wouldn't exist were it not for our embrace of divergent ethnicities and cultures.

On the other hand, one can't help but wonder what kind of country we would be if the multiculturalist philosophy had prevailed far earlier in our historical timeline. For most of our history, America embraced a melting pot mentality, a set of expectations with which all newcomers were expected to comply. The most salient of those expectations was the idea that one would learn and speak English. Another was that America was an "exceptional" nation which one would be proud to call home--and a nation would command the newcomer's primary allegiance.

What has multiculturalism produced? Entire sections of our country and those in Europe hermetically sealed off from the prevailing cultural ethos. Even worse, some of these sub-cultural enclaves demonstrate no allegiance whatsoever to their host country or its laws. In Europe, there are "no-go zones" which police have ceded to Muslims--and Sharia Law. In America, we have millions of illegal aliens demanding "rights" to which they are manifestly not entitled. From both sides of the Atlantic, a common theme emerges: the customs, language and culture of the host countries are not only irrelevant, but to a large extent contemptible.

Yet if such multiculturalist attitudes were limited to immigrants themselves, it is quite likely that the current unrest would be far less of a problem than it has become. The most pernicious aspect of multiculturalism is the level of cultural indifference--or worse, cultural self-loathing--it has produced among native citizens themselves. Such self-loathing may explain why, as author Mark Steyn pointed out in his book, "America Alone," Europeans are failing to produce enough children to sustain their population levels, even as immigrant populations are booming.

If one's culture is "worthless," why bother keeping it alive?

Ironically, this demographic reality is one of the main factors driving European immigration: a dearth of native-born Europeans has necessitated importing millions of foreign-born workers. Such immigrants are needed to offset an aging European population which simultaneously disdains those immigrants even as they embrace the socialist welfare state which requires their output in order to sustain itself. As for the immigrants themselves, one can only marvel at the effort to transform their new surroundings into something similar to what they willingly abandoned.

In America, resistance to multiculturalism has been denigrated as "jingoistic." National pride and unabashed patriotism are out. International apologies for our imperialism and historical shortcomings are in. Thus, in keeping with progressive ideology, better to resist assimilation than embrace a "fundamentally flawed" America, "unworthy of" respect. Better to adopt the progressive agenda which has long separated people into class, race, ethnicity, religion and gender for the purposes of political exploitation--under the banner of "celebrating our differences," no less.

That agenda isn't working in Europe or America. For example, France has banned the Muslim hijab outright, and an American majority's clamor to "build the damn wall" on our southern border is deafening. Whether such reactions are logical may be debatable, but they are honest and heartfelt. They are also than likely to continue occurring both in scope and frequency for the simplest of reasons:

People may be bamboozled into accepting many things, but cultural suicide isn't one of them.

It is one thing to feel like a foreigner in a foreign country. It is quite another to feel like one in the midst of one's own. Such deep-seated emotion is unlikely to be altered by the intellectual entreaties of "one-worlders" and their one-size-fits all approach to culture. One may argue the merits, e.g., of America's overwhelmingly Judeo-Christian value system, its Constitutional republic, and our affinity for football, fast cars, mom and apple pie. But there is no arguing that such a culture has had an irresistible allure for millions upon millions of people willing to make virtually any sacrifice to become part of it.

It is really too much to expect anything resembling quid pro quo from those people? For those of us who would never dream of emigrating to another country and demanding that country accommodate us, the answer is a resounding no. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

When on the Jersey Shore? Perhaps everything has its limits.

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Previously:


10/18/10:
Healthcare: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vs. The Constitution
10/11/10: Vote for Restoring the Rule of Law in November
10/11/10: Dems: Running From Clarity
10/07/10: Hypersensitive Hogwash
10/04/10: ‘Comprehensive’ Con Artists
09/29/10: Why Dems Are Going Down in November
09/27/10: The Unholiest of Unholy Alliances
09/22/10: Two Words for Republicans to Remember: ‘I Won’
09/20/10: Purging ‘Me First’ Politicians
09/17/10: No More ‘Lesser of Two Evils’
09/15/10: ‘Recovery’ Arms Race
09/13/10: ‘Bigots’ in the Majority --- Again?
09/09/10: Giving Voters Something to Vote For
09/07/10: Irresponsible Dems, Incomprehensible Bills
09/02/10: War Weary Americans vs. Implacable Islamists
08/31/10: A ‘Dream’ Debased
08/25/10: American ‘Bigots’ Versus Media Propagandists
08/23/10: Recovery Bummer
08/19/10: An Unholy Alliance of Radicals
08/16/10: You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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