“Belgium, like the United States, suffers because it misunderstands multiculturalism. Multiculturalism doesn’t mean we’re all equal or that we must embrace cultural or moral equivalence. Rather, we should insist—Australia style—that everyone who comes subscribes to certain common values, even as they celebrate any cultural heritage that doesn’t contradict the values of society. Basically, to come to Belgium or America should mean subordinating oneself to a core set of values.
At the moment, neither the Democrats nor Republicans are willing to do this. Democrats are hopelessly in thrall to multiculturalism, and congressional Republicans lack the strength of character and will to oppose them. It is by no means certain that a Trump or even a Cruz presidency would be able to convince congressional Republicans to significantly control immigration, and the idea of requiring fealty to a common moral, cultural code is out of the question. If Americans can’t so much as agree that American citizenship has any value, real assimilation is likely impossible.
Obviously, simply requiring absolute fidelity to the Constitution would be the basis of such assimilation. Isn’t the Constitution the basis for all our liberties and civic obligations? However, the Democrats have so degraded even American’s understanding and appreciation of the Constitution that it may be impossible to walk it back. They see the Constitution as an impediment to their social justice desires, to their utopia. Surely, Democrats absolutely would oppose any requirement that immigrants honor the Constitution, and Barack Obama has set such destructive anti-constitutional precedents, it may be entirely too late to even try.
With any Democrat presidency, there would be absolutely no hope. Even if a Democrat president tried to use the Constitution as the basis for a common cultural heritage, the Supreme Court justices they would surely seat would never allow it when other Democrats inevitably sued their way to that court.
We’re in a slow motion, pre-9/11 train wreck. We all see the problem developing and getting closer to the United States but the government just delays taking action and so we will be hit and hit hard. One problem remains visa waivers. It’s all well and good to take assurances that France, Belgium, and other European states share passenger manifests in advance, but they have very clearly failed to develop the necessary surveillance and intelligence capabilities…
Even the Obama Administration has admitted–grudgingly indeed–that we cannot vet Syrian immigrants, and the truth is, we can’t do it for virtually anyone else either. We will indeed be hit hard, often and endlessly. Unless we drastically change course and very, very soon, Americans will learn to expect to be murdered in the streets and public places by Muslim terrorists, just as Europeans have.
I used to wonder what it would take for the American people to demand military action and retribution: another 9-11? The nuclear destruction of a city? Multiple cities? One death is a tragedy; millions are just a statistic. Under Barack Obama, Americans have become so inured to lawlessness, scandal and outrage, I fear there is nothing that would rouse most Americans to awaken as we did in WWII and utterly destroy those that, as I write these words, are plotting to destroy us.