Saturday, April 26, 2008

A plan to destroy America

Various versions of the following speech are making the rounds on the internet. The speach was entitled, "I have a plan to destroy America" by Richard D. Lamm, former governor of Colorado:

I have a secret plan to destroy America. If you believe as many do that America is too smug, too white bread, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America . It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'' Here is my plan.

First, to destroy America , we must make America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows, in my opinion, that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way:

'The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada , Belgium , Malaysia , and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims."

Second, I would then invent multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. I would declare it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

Third, we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec ' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently:

'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentriy and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.'

I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.

Fourth, having done all this, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.

Fifth, I would then get big foundations and big business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.

Sixth, I establish dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity. Diversity is a wonderfully seductive word. It stresses differences rather than commonalities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precept. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together, and we can take advantage of this myopia. Look at the ancient Greeks. World history tells us

The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia! ,threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions.

If we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will 'Balkanize ' America as surely as Kosovo. '

Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate.Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-cultism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.

Lastly, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson's book 'Mexifornia.' His book is dangerous. It exposes my plan to destroy America . If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, please, please, don't buy this book. This guy is on to my plan.

1 comment:

vicit said...

I'll do my best to quote as closely as possible Barack Obama in a debate I believe it was back in about December:

-on the issue of having the Govt. endorse English Language Prefernce legislation-

Obama:
"don't bring that up, this issue is only divisive".

Okay, so... all of us speaking the same language=divisive...?

Actually, uh, Barack, for those of us NOT taking crazy pills being able to talk to someone else (now I know this is a stretch...) brings us... um, together...?

I want other cultures and "other langauged" folks to feel welcome and have opportunities in this country, but beside all the political mumbo-jumbo here's a newsflash: IF WE CAN TALK TO EACHOTHER, ITS A GOOD THING.

Even when I go on the simplest vacation out of this country I take a crash-course in their language and culture, just to be polite and thoughtful. I can't imagine the "middle-finger-flip" it has to be for someone to go to live inm another country and not learn the language.

A country without a border is not really a sovereign nation... right?