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Diversity Be Damned

Tuesday, 24 June 2003 12:00 AM

Will someone please tell me what ever happened to the doctrine of "E Pluribus Unum"?

It is, of course, Latin for "Out of Many, One," and has appeared on the Great Seal of the United States since 1782. It was meant originally to signify the many states in the federal union becoming one nation, but over time it also came to mean one people out of many origins, beliefs and races.

What it implies in that sense is that no matter what or who we are or where we came from, we are now first and foremost Americans. We are the world's melting pot – toss us into the pot and it melts away our Irishness or Jewishness or Frenchness or Germanness or blackness or whiteness, yellowness and brownness, and we come out as bright and shiny Americans.

It is a marvelous concept – a nation bound together by a single overriding theme – a love of liberty and the rule of law and respect for each and every fellow American.

I'll readily admit that we haven't always lived up to that noble ideal, but our failure to observe it does not rob it of its nobility. It's there, an ideal for which to strive and, more than we deserve to, we come within reach of it most of the time.

Tragically, the ideal is now under siege. Under the banner of "diversity" America's domestic enemies are relentlessly driving Americans into separate camps based on race, ethnicity, creed, sex and other divisive categories.

It is the ancient Roman strategy of divide and conquer. If we're too busy defending our own small piece of the turf, we won't have time or even a consciousness to defend our national heritage against the ongoing assault against our American heritage being waged under the deceptive rallying cry of "Diversity for all."

When the former vice president of the United States and 2000 Democrat Socialist candidate for the presidency mistranslated "E Pluribus Unum" to be "out of one, many," I have to wonder if it wasn't deliberate. That, after all, is what diversity means: something like splitting the national atom, with a resultant cultural and political explosion that shatters our essential unity.

Are we, as Americans, in favor of this nebulous concept of diversity? Not according to a new Gallup poll that addressed the attempts to introduce diversity into the process of admissions into institutions of higher learning.

The poll showed that 69 percent of Americans say college applicants "should be admitted solely on the basis of merit, even if that results in few minority students being admitted," while only 27 percent say an applicant's racial background should be taken into consideration, "even if that means admitting some minority students who otherwise would not be admitted."

In other words, what a majority of Americans are saying in this instance is "To hell with diversity – it's not who or what you are that matters, it's what you've done and have the potential to do that counts."

It is not racism, as the Jesse Jacksons and the other demagogues would have us believe. It is merit, ability, willingness to strive, that must be considered, and not an accident of birth.

Bully for them. It shows that none of the politically correct blather being bruited about by the diversity freaks has hit home with us plain old commonsensical Americans.

It says that we don't give a tinker's dam (a kind of melting pot used by itinerant repairmen to melt down lead and other base metals, by the way), for all this pretentious PC garbage that would break us up into easily manageable pieces and destroy the unity that has made the United States the freest nation in all the world's history.

We understand instinctively that Christ's admonition that "a house divided against itself cannot stand" should be warning enough that should the Marxists – and that's what they are – succeed in driving us into separate camps bound to war against each other, Al Gore's malapropism will become a reality. Out of one America will come many Americas, each defending its own turf and demanding that its own interests above all become the nation's sole interests even at the expense of everybody else's.

For a long time now, Americans of good will have striven to be color blind in dealing with each other, seeking to see not the color of a person's skin but the color of his or her character and abilities. This has always been seen as an ideal to strive for.

But no more. Diversity demands that the color of a person's skin take precedence over all else. A person is above all, first and foremost, a black African-American, or an Asian American, or a Hispanic American – not a student who would make a fine doctor or scientist or public servant.

In this context, race trumps all. And it trumps one's identity as an American.

In times of peril such as these days when international terrorism threatens each and every American, unity is essential, and the disunity forged in the crucible of diversity is an invitation to disaster. A military broken up into diverse pieces would be a useless military. A nation broken up into diverse pieces would be a defenseless nation.

Learn from the Marine Corps. No matter what a man's background, race, creed or ethnicity, once he puts on that forest green uniform he is a United States Marine, and he sees nothing else around him but fellow United States Marines. Once you finish boot camp, you are a Marine – and will be one until you die, as Ted Williams said a few years ago.

You may call the guy next to you "Swede," but you don't see him as a Swedish American, you see him as a Marine – a man who'll die to protect you and all of his fellow Marines if need be. Introduce the idea of diversity into the Corps and you will no longer have a Corps.

Establish diversity as the key American principle and you will no longer have an America.

Diversity be damned.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers

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