Diversity sure is great. And what’s so great about it is that is so diverse. After all, we’re reminded of it constantly. The president has said that what makes this country great is its diversity. Not our unique form of government, not our freedom of speech or religion, and certainly not our uniquely crafted Constitution or Declaration. No, it’s our diversity.
Of course, those who espouse the greatness of diversity don’t really mean it. What they mean is ethnicity. Evidently, we’re only great because we have a wide variety of skin colors.
Now wouldn’t it sound silly if a politician or pundit exclaimed that we should celebrate skin color, rather than the drivel that they dole out about celebrating diversity? Diversity just sounds better, like renaming abortion to pro-choice, or global warming to climate change.
But what of other countries? We’ve heard that America is no better than other countries – Obama said so. But how does that square with the greatness of diversity? Countries like China, Japan,and most Arab nations – these are predominantly homogeneous societies. How can we be no better when our “diversity” is what makes us great?
The answer is that it doesn’t have to square or make any sense at all because it’s nothing but a liberal catchphrase, a buzzword that only works if left unexamined.
So as we march headlong into this next presidential election season, let’s not get sucked in once again to believing another false narrative. Last time, it was “he’s the only one who can win.” This time it’s the diversity of the Republican field, which we will evidently have covered, save for an American Indian, an Asian, and an Eskimo.
To the Republican pundit class this “diversity” is a good thing. When it’s all said and done, within our field will be Hispanics, a woman, a black guy, someone from the subcontinent, India, and a few crackers. We do not yet have a homosexual, but I’m sure someone is actively looking.
So now we, too, can, for the first time, celebrate diversity and insulate ourselves from Democrat attacks of the Republicans being the party of old, rich white guys. This is somehow supposed to insulate us from the war on women, now that Fiorina appears to be joining the race. Ben Carson will inoculate us from the use of the race card, and Cruz and Rubio will defy the claims of Republicans being anti-Hispanic and thus anti-immigrant.
But is this really what we want to hang our hats on? Do we really need to drive down diversity road to prove what we shouldn’t have to? All playing the populist identity politic game gets us is distracted and perpetually on defense.
If we allow ourselves to be sucked into the phony celebration of diversity, we will have to inevitably defend our nominee against questions such as “how can you claim to represent all the people?” I know what you’re thinking, and you can stop right there. No – no one will ask a Democrat that same question.
Diversity isn’t great in of itself. As used today, it’s a term of segregation and reparation, not unification.
Maybe this time around we can skip the nonsensical, meaningless buzzwords and concentrate on a platform of bringing the country back from the brink.
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