One of the casualties of the London bombings was that intellectual fad known as multiculturalism.
Multiculturalism would be fine and dandy if it simply meant learning about and appreciating cultures not one’s own.
But the term is packed with anti-western baggage:
“Multiculturalism preaches that we should allow and encourage immigrants and their children to maintain and celebrate their own culture apart from the national culture,” writes Michael Barone. “Society should be not a melting pot but, in the phrase of former New York Mayor David Dinkins, ’a gorgeous mosaic.’ That mosaic, of course, looks less gorgeous as people surveyed the work of the British-born-and-raised bombers.”
In the wake of the bombings, the English have been rediscovering Englishness:
“The conservative Telegraph of London ran a series of articles on extolling Britishness and placed on its website the contributions, positive as well as a few negative, of dozens of citizens. The nonagenarian W.F. Deedes, a journalist since the 1930s, perhaps summed it up best: ’The reputation we have in distant lands, I have learned in my travels, is higher than we give ourselves. They admire us for our social stability, our parliamentary and diplomatic experience, for fair play, for tolerance, for a willingness to help lame dogs over stiles, as well as for some of the qualities Shakespeare sang about in his plays.’…
“Multiculturalism is based on the lie that all cultures are morally equal. In practice, that soon degenerates to: All cultures are morally equal, except ours, which is worse. But all cultures are not equal in respecting representative government, guaranteed liberties and the rule of law. And those things arose not simultaneously and in all cultures, but in certain specific times and places — mostly in Britain and America, but also in various parts of Europe.”
Oh, and, by the way–there’s a group of disgruntled U.S. citizens who ultimately are not willing to embrace a new culture. Remember the anti-Bush fanatics who said that they were moving to Canada?
They didn’t do it (here’s a link to the Reuters story):
“Canadians can put away those extra welcome mats — it seems Americans unhappy about the result of last November’s presidential election have decided to stay at home after all.”
“But official statistics show the number of Americans actually applying to live permanently in Canada fell in the six months after the election.”