The American Way
Accept diversity, embrace diversity, cherish diversity, celebrate diversity as not just an American right, but an American duty.
To not do so is racism, bigotry, intolerant, narrow minded, mean and selfish.
Do you really believe that?
The way I see it, diversities are tributaries, America is the river into which they empty, becoming a part but never overcoming it, going with the flow, respecting the wishes of the few but assimilating into the welfare and will of the many, affecting, but not changing.
This has worked well in America for well over two hundred years. People from all over the world have come here, bringing their heritage and their customs with them, keeping their culture but adapting to and assimilating with the collective will and national causes of their adopted country.
Examples of this are glaringly evident all over America, examples of people who have come to this nation to share in the freedom and prosperity, to escape despots, dictators, repressive forms of government and failing socialist economies, longing to breathe the free air and a shot at the American dream of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Evidence of diversity and maintained cultures are evident all over America.
In South Louisiana where the Cajuns play their unique style of music, eat their unique style of food, enjoy their fais do dos and where Arcadian French is still spoken as a second language.
In the Midwest where those of Scandinavian heritage dance their native polkas and the streets of San Antonio where the culture of Mexico is celebrated with colorful festivals and Mariachi bands.
You can walk down the teeming streets of New York City and hear five different languages spoken within a block.
America is diverse, America is a land of immigrants, America is a melting pot and a haven for the repressed, the hope of the free world, but first and foremost America is a land that is ruled by the collective will of those citizens who already live here and becoming a citizen of this nation is a privilege not a right.
The welcome mat has always been out for those who want to come here, assimilate, learn the language and become a productive member of society.
For very good reason, there is a time-honored process for being allowed to become an American citizen, one requiring a familiarization and an educational process to let you know what is expected and required to become a legal citizen, a process that takes years and devotion.
It requires a pledge of allegiance and an understanding that you must abide by the laws of your adopted home. it is not some haphazard process that only requires you to walk across an international border.
While the culture of the land of an immigrant's birth are welcome in America, the laws of that country are not. There is one set of laws for all the people in America and everybody is required to abide by them.
Makes no difference how they did it in the old country, in America, only American law is acceptable and no ethnic enclave is a law unto itself, not in America.
So, if you're an immigrant who wants to share in the American dream, who wants to work hard, learn the language and abide by our laws and stand in line and wait your turn for the wonderful privilege of becoming a citizen of the United States of America, you're going to do fine.
Welcome to America!
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
— Charlie Daniels
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