America as we traditionally view it, and as the founders envisioned it, is all but dead! The concepts of “one nation” and “E Pluribus Unum” (out of many, one) is silently vanishing. And, speak of the American melting pot is now the politically correct defense for protected class segregation.
The melting pot analogy worked when the tired and huddled masses assimilated into the American fabric of yesteryear. Those masses shed their old world identities and assumed the American identity. Was it perfect? Perhaps not, but the concept built a nation that united and became the world’s greatest country.
Now the melting pot does not exist. Newcomers to America hold on to their racial and religious identities. Generational Americans seek to reconnect with theirs. Blurred orientation and gender lines are being redefined. At best it is a curdled soup in a milky broth.
That view really hit home in the wake of the Jeb Bush campaign announcement and ensuing analysis. Pundits from both sides were not talking of the merits of his platform, or how it will improve all American lives, but rather it was a discussion of outreach to all the disparate groups that will sway the election for any of the candidates.
In order for a politician to receive the nomination and get elected these days, they must pander to specific protected classes of Americans. The politician has to appease specific racial groups with economic stimulus or comprehensive immigration reform, appease gender groups with reproductive options or traditional values reform, or appease religious groups with insurance waivers or integrating religious law. There is such a clamor for recognition that activism has given way to an industry.
Unfortunately, this industry seems more interested in division and segregation rather than bridging the divide and uniting. Activists antagonize and perpetuate victimhood in order to feed the activist-industrial complex. Racial, religious, and orientation issues have become more confrontational. Instead of working in unison to moderate issues on both sides, victimhood is used as the megaphone to demand greater segregating protections. Politicians are all too willing to oblige in their attempt to garner votes as they walk a politically correct tight rope.
As the political discussion turns to the winning mix of catering to segregated groups, the heat under the pot is being turned down, the cooling ingredients are separating, and the united melt is no longer a singular mix.
That’s where I stand. If I haven’t offended you, then I haven’t tried hard enough.