Multiculturalism & Its Discontents

by Jerry Salyer on November 9, 2011 · 4 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

in Short

Patrick Buchanan has been one of the few with the nerve and insight to point out how multiculturalism and empire are inextricably intertwined.  He is also one of the few to regard the American future realistically:

[...] there are reasons to worry.

First, the great American Melting Pot has been rejected by our elites as cultural genocide, in favor of a multiculturalism that is failing in Europe. Second, what we are attempting has no precedent in human history.

We are attempting to convert a republic, European and Christian in its origins and character, into an egalitarian democracy of all the races, religions, cultures and tribes of planet Earth.

We are turning America into a gargantuan replica of the U.N. General Assembly, a continental conclave of the most disparate and diverse peoples in all of history, who will have no common faith, no common moral code, no common language and no common culture.

What, then, will hold us together? A Constitution over whose meaning we have fought for 50 years?

The discussion that follows Buchanan’s commentary is worthwhile in and of itself.

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avatar Barry A. McCain November 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm

When I read pieces like Buchanan’s, I detect ambivalence. That is, he (and those like him) seem to really enjoy American pre-eminence (as measured by the vast throngs emigrating here), yet they are confused/scared/cautious regarding how the nation should act and react.

Or maybe that’s my projection onto another’s words and views.

avatar D.W. Sabin November 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

The good Mr. Buchanan may be cautious about what he sees but he is never confused. His is a beneficial mindset good and composed though like us all, never fully correct. Were we to be always correct, we would not be human. Humanity, in its beauty is something more frequently wrong.

He speaks to the current near-miss in the zeitgeist , a hole you could drive a declining empire through.

avatar ricketson November 20, 2011 at 3:17 am

This excerpt does not inspire me to read the rest of his essay. As if we have just started to argue over the meaning of the Constitution. As if we have just started to attempt projects that have no precedent in human history.

Buchanan is a boring old fart who lives in a “yesterday” that exists only in his own imagination.

avatar Keiwan December 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

Good to see real expertise on display. Your cnotribution is most welcome.

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