|Hillary Clinton Tweet|
No argument is promising that English is an intrinsically better language than Spanish or vice versa. And each seems to serve its purposes equally well. Further, there is no reason why the U.S.'s main language for most of its history must have been English. It is English because of the historically contingent events which lead to the nation's creation; the same is true of course with (e.g.) Spanish in Mexico. But a common language helps promote a common culture, and a common culture facilitates economic transactions, political transactions, racial diversity in churches, and less strife and more commonality between people groups in a nation. As one who embraces federalism, I would oppose a national law mandating a national language. Nonetheless, it seems to me foolish of the Hillary Clintons not to encourage the use of English in political discourse in the United States. Sending Tweets and other messages in Spanish only encourages the balkanization of people groups and the lack of a common culture (the same would be true of a politician in a Spanish speaking country not speaking in Spanish). Without a common language, a common culture is very unlikely. And without a common culture, a society is fragmented. Unity in some diversity should be the motto, not unity by diversity which is one of the incoherent maxims of progressivism. Diversity for diversity's sake is entirely worthless.
More on Multiculturalism:
[M]ulticulturalism takes people seeking a new start and, indirectly, tells them it’s okay to harbour old habits, beliefs and grudges from their homeland. Multiculturalism says it’s acceptable to live in ethnic and linguistic communities cut off from the mainstream. It gives official encouragement to ghettoization over integration. That’s because it is politically incorrect to suggest that our own culture is superior in anyway or has anything to offer newcomers.
If this is the case – that our [British] culture has no claim on superior political values – why is immigration largely a one-way street: from there (wherever there is) to here?
But increasingly, multiculturalism also encourages (and even funds) the formation of radical ideologies. While the Internet seems to be the #1 recruiter of Muslim youth into radical causes, the funding [in Britain] of Muslim centres, schools, newspapers and websites contributes.
Extremists will use our own tolerance against us. As a libertarian, I would not ban intolerant views from designated religious or cultural groups. But, like David Cameron, I see no reason to force taxpayers to subsidize radical groups and ideologies. If you are made to preach jihad and Sharia law on your own dime, you will find it very slow going, which is a good thing.
Read the rest on "Britain's Bold Stance Against Squishy Multiculturalism"