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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, October 13, 2005

"The immigration issue has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin insofar as I am concerned. Rather, it is a simple question of numbers, costs and perhaps most importantly, social and cultural cohesion."

---Rep. Tom Tancredo


  • Excellent point Rep. Tancredo makes about social and cultural cohesion. It parallels my view on the lefts ‘multi-culturalism’.

    I think cultures evolve much the way Darwin proposed that species do. Just as beneficial genetic attributes are perpetuated in species so to are successful behavioral norms in cultures. Significantly, in neither case can a single such characteristic be considered in isolation. It is the enormously complex inter-relational effects that matter.

    Thus, it is altogether possible, advantageous, desirable and even inevitable that, with a sufficient influx of new members from another culture, a receiving culture may incorporate some behavioral standards of the other. That is cultural evolution, what we used to call ‘the great melting pot’ and those behavioral standards that do persist will do so because and only because they offer their practitioners a successful advantage. The instrument is not mechanical as it is in Darwinian evolution’s genetics but rather cerebral as consequential results are obverved.

    That, however, is not at all the same thing as the lefts notion that other cultures can and should be allowed to continue unaltered to whatever extent they desire in some new culture. In fact they can not. They simply will not succeed in so doing. They can not transplant their entire culture nor any specific portion of it at will. It is only that portion which affords a competitive advantage that will perpetuate and it will do so quite apart from our preferences.

    That is not at odds with the lefts belief that everything is relative and all cultures are equal. While I do not subscribe to that idea neither do I deny that there are laudable cultures other than our own. That is not the point. (The left so often misses the point do they not”?) The point is that cultures either do or do not succeed in their entirety as a net result of all that the culture does and proscribes. We are simply not smart enough to manipulate such an intensely complex system at our will anymore than we are smart enough to deliberately manipulate the economy toward some particular end.
    But, of course, the left is arrogant enough to believe it is smart enough to do both and accuse us of arrogance in the process. So there you have it.

    By Anonymous Anotmo, at 12:39 PM  

  • That was a good analysis, Anotmo.

    You say the left believes everything is relative and all cultures are equal. I agree with your assessment. (In general this may be true, but there is a significant portion on the left, how much I don't know, that would say this, however actually believe our culture is inferior to others.)

    And while I agree with your assertion that there are other laudable cultures, I, with a strong conviction, belief our culture is the best.

    To the doubters, of course we have problems. Show me a country, a culture that does not.

    You can try and manipulate your culture, case in point the Taliban; but it has to be done by force. In this case you are trying to revert back, by force, a culture of years (centuries) ago.

    Ultimately, it will fail.

    Tancredo is correct. It is a question not only of numbers and costs, but cohesion and unity.

    "E Pluribus Unum."

    By Blogger HeavyHanded, at 6:50 PM  

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