Should We Celebrate Diversity as the US Immigration Population Hits New Record?
The Washington Examiner recently reported, “A huge boom in immigration, legal and illegal, over the past 16 years has jumped the immigrant population to over 43 million in the United States, according to a new report by Center for Immigration Studies.”
According to federal statistics reviewed by the Center for Immigration Studies, when you include the immigrants’ children born in the U.S. the number grows to over 60 million, making the immigrant community nearly one-fifth of the nation’s population.
So the natural progression of thought is, “Should we be celebrating diversity as Americans?”
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines diversity as “difference, unlikeness, or variety.”
The world around us is full of diversity. Most things are more different (or diverse) than they are alike.
This is certainly true with respect to the backgrounds, talents and abilities of people. Men and women are naturally diverse in their skill sets as well as their ideas and their opinions.
There is nothing wrong with this. But it’s not necessarily something to celebrate.
Because diversity, by itself, is not conducive to progress, success, or even peaceful enjoyment of life, liberty or property.
It’s only when we take diverse resources and unify them for a common constructive purpose that harmonious and peaceful enjoyment of life can be achieved.
For any culture, it’s unity, not diversity that needs to be championed and encouraged.
This is why the Founders of America, like Jefferson and Franklin and Adams, proposed the phrase “E Pluribus Unum“ as our national motto back in 1776. This Latin phrase is translated as, “Out of many, One.” This is a public and national statement that promotes and champions unity that arises out of the chaos of diversity.
Many modern-day efforts by government, media, academia and corporations that promote “diversity” are, in effect, subversive attacks on America and are designed to destroy unity and harmony in our culture.
There is nothing wrong with diversity. But our peaceful enjoyment of God’s creation is dependent on our being united with the American View of government that is expressed in our Declaration of Independence:
- There is a Creator God.
- Our rights come from Him.
- The purpose of government is to secure these God-given rights.
Don’t let diversity distract us from this unifying truth.