American Culture Essays

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They are enamored with process rather than substance and do not think comprehensively about the rhetoric of justice. Unless conservatives begin to think about politics as Lincoln did—comprehensively—they will lose to multiculturalism.A defense of the American way of life in terms of mere economics, size of government, federalism, subsidiarity, originalism, liberty, or other abstractions will be insufficient.Today, multiculturalism and its politics of identity pose an existential threat to the American political order comparable to slavery in the 1850s or communism during the Cold War.

They are enamored with process rather than substance and do not think comprehensively about the rhetoric of justice. Unless conservatives begin to think about politics as Lincoln did—comprehensively—they will lose to multiculturalism.A defense of the American way of life in terms of mere economics, size of government, federalism, subsidiarity, originalism, liberty, or other abstractions will be insufficient.Today, multiculturalism and its politics of identity pose an existential threat to the American political order comparable to slavery in the 1850s or communism during the Cold War.

America’s most important politico-cultural virtue, though, has been the insistence to its current—and especially potential—citizens that they assimilate to a certain view of justice embodied in the Declaration of Independence and safeguarded by our state and national political institutions, first and foremost the U. Multiculturalism is a comprehensive ideology, demanding obeisance to a rigid system of justice, vices, and virtues.

It boasts an intellectual tradition that guides its leadership and adherents in the policing of its boundaries and the maintenance of its categories.

Because they are confused about this most important threat to America and the Founders’ Constitution, they have a disordered view of priorities and policies, of ends and means.

The failure to apprehend fully and take seriously multiculturalism has also led many on the Right to misinterpret and underappreciate President Trump’s virtues and his significance as a political phenomenon.

We have decided to use the term “multiculturalism,” instead of “identity politics” or a similar term, because despite its limitations and current usage “multiculturalism” is more comprehensive.

It is a new system of truth and justice that seeks to revolutionize and transform the American way.

He thus fought on the high ground of justice established by the Declaration of Independence—all while coldly calculating politics as the art of the possible.

The Laws of Nature and Nature’s God may be immutable, but their application is changeable.

Slavery was the glaring exception, finally overcome by the genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Even as the slave-state South and its intellectual and political defenders once threatened to erect, enforce, and make permanent a perverse and unnatural new morality—and as the external ideology of Communism threatened to do the same a century later—today a fanatical class of multiculturalists seeks to divide and destroy our shared identity as Americans. Unlike Americanism, properly understood, multiculturalism defines and defends the rights of groups rather than individuals and denies the possibility of any natural standard from which to assess the goodness of political or moral arrangements.

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