Democrat Party: Culture is Irrelevant
Liberal multiculturalists – pluralists – are committed to “understanding” other cultures; to an “energetic engagement with diversity.” To them, one culture is a good as another.
Liberals Foam at the Mouth with Pretend Indignation
I write about this now because of the liberal knee jerk reaction to Mr. Romney’s recent statement at a fund raising event in Israel, because American liberals are purposely gouging out their own eyes so they don’t have to see the reality of Islamic “culture,” and because of the willingness of liberals to surrender the essence of what America has been from the beginning.
In Israel Mr. Romney said, “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality. And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said. Romney talked about “the cultural elements that have led Israel to become a nation that has begun so many businesses and so many enterprises and that … become so successful.”
Any discussion about the value of the habits of one culture being better than the habits of another is forbidden by today’s liberals and so they all began to suffer a spasm of hydrophobia.
Romney is called a “racist” because he can actually see the superior value of Israel’s culture in producing economic success in contrast to the Arab culture.
It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told The Associated Press.
“It seems to me this man (Romney) lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people,” Erekat added. “He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.
The New York Times said that “Palestinians” cannot succeed because Israel is protecting itself from the “Palestinian” terror attacks; that “Palestinians” cannot succeed because of very tight security restrictions imposed by Israel, and that hurts economic success in these areas.
The Palestinians have long complained that their economy is in a chokehold from Israeli security measures. The West Bank is subject to trade restrictions imposed by the Israelis, while Gaza was subject to a near-total Israeli blockade on people and goods after Hamas took control of its government five years ago. Mr. Romney mentioned neither during his speech on Monday.
First, Israeli security measures are in place because the so-called “Palestinian” areas are committed to engaging in terror attacks against Israel. The New York Times suggests that the “Palestinians” would experience economic success if they could freely murder Jews without Israel interfering with their efforts.
The “Palestinian” Culture of Terror
I will not here get into the issue of there not being a “Palestinian” people. But the people who refer to themselves that way are absolutely committed to terror and violence.
Pew Global Attitudes Project poll among these people shows that a majority of “Palestinians” support suicide bombings and other violence against civilians. In addition, 52% of “Palestinians” supported Osama bin Laden before his death. And the “Palestinians” freely voted the terror group Hamas into power in Gaza.
It is impossible to have economic success when there is a national commitment to terror, suicide, and murder.
The “Palestinian” Culture of Official Corruption
Economic success cannot occur where official corruption is out of control. Official corruption and refusal to commit to the rule of law is the way things work among the “Palestinians.” More than 83% of “Palestinians” believe their own government is corrupt. But why bother to do anything about it? they elected the government.
More than 55% of “Palestinians” say they are not free to express their political or religious opinions; with only 29.7% saying they are free to speak their mind.
The “occupied territories” do not permit freedom of religion, they persecute journalists, and the judicial system is corrupt.
Individuals and companies from other countries have no desire to invest in any of the so-called “occupied territories,” because of being associated with their love of murder and suicide, their religious persecution, and because there is no rule of law. In order to obtain permits and conduct business, investors would have to acquiesce to the official religion, and never complain about the corruption. All this further exacerbates the problem of economic progress.
Are Democrats Right, or does Culture Make a Difference?
Let’s look at some real world examples of economic outcomes
Just look at the agony of many countries in the European Union. What’s the difference between Germany on the one hand, and Spain, Portugal, England, and Greece on the other in the current economic crisis in Europe? Why does Germany have money, and the others don’t? Why is it that all the other states in the European Union need financial support from Germany? Would anyone suggest that the German culture of hard work and diligence is the same as Greece or France? Culture matters.
Look at Israel itself. The land we now call Israel was an unproductive a desert before there was an Israel. Arabs lived there at the time, but there was no economic success. Why was there not an industrial revolution in Arab lands during the previous century? Why was there no educational, industrial, technological or economic success during any of these years before the creation of the state of Israel?
Why are many African countries such hellpots of disease, murder, slavery, extreme poverty, and eternal warfare? Many of these countries have incredible natural resources that would support excellent lifestyles. Why is it that some of these same countries progressed wonderfully under European colonization, but have become complete disasters under home rule when the colonial powers left? Are we to assume that tribalism has equal value with freedom and meritocracy? Culture matters.
Why is India a more civilized place for women today than it historically was? It is because of the British occupation and the culture they left behind. Records indicate that as early as 4 centuries before Christ the wife of a dying or dead man was thrown on his funeral pyre in an act known as suttee; or Sati (after one of the Hindu goddesses) meaning the “good wife,” of “chaste wife,” in Sanskrit. When the British General Sir Charles Napier put a stop to the practice he was confronted by Hindu priests saying that it was their custom to carry out suttee, he replied to them:
Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.
The practice died out quickly. Culture matters.
Liberals and Democrat Party Leaders Live in Pretend World
The poison of refusing to see the truth about the religion, the traditions, and the habits of various cultures has already brought tragedy to much of the world. We see it causing acceptance of the “culture” of the Afghans, the “culture” of the Arabs, the “culture” of Iran; and the “culture” of Sudan, Egypt, Somalia, and others.
- Liberals weep when idols of Buddha are blown up, but celebrate the “culture” of the people who do it.
- Liberals weep when people in Sudan are purchased and sold as slaves, but celebrate and accept the “culture” of the people who engage in the practice of slavery. They wish people would not buy, sell, and own slaves, but they refuse to denounce the “culture” of Islam that permits and encourages it.
- Liberals weep when a father murders his daughters, or when women sexually mutilate their daughters, but celebrate and accept his “culture”. They wish such things were not done, but they continue to celebrate the culture if Islam; they are engaging in an “energetic engagement with diversity,” and remind us all that Islam is a “religion of peace.” How idiotic.
- Liberals weep when Muslims cut off the hand of a petty thief, and then celebrate the “culture” that swings the axe, and teach it in schools created by Western Civilization.
- Liberals weep when a person declared guilty of practicing a different religion that Islam is beheaded by government executioners and then celebrate the “culture” that practices it, and seek to force the rest of us to do the same.
- Liberals weep when Muslims murder Muslims – Iranians murdering Iraqis, Iraqis poisoning Kurds, Al-Qaida murdering Afghanis, Syrians murdering Syrians – and when Muslims murder Christians – Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. They the same liberals welcome the Christophobic and anti-Semitic Mullahs who promote the genocide to teach Americans how to relate to Islamic “culture.”
- Thomas Edward Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in the Obama administration refuses to say whether or not our own Justice Department refuses to say that our government would never consider people who freely speak out in opposition any religion to be criminals. Did you catch that? A top Democrat Justice Official leaves the door open to forbid free speech in America guaranteed by the Bill of Rights if that speech is in opposition to any religion and declare it a criminal act.
- Our painfully politically-correct liberals are so clueless they have used an adviser to the U.S. military who turns out to be a Syrian Muslim Brotherhood political leader.
- A multiculturalist to the core, Mr. Obama requires NASA administrator Charles Bolden NASA administrator Charles Bolden to engage in “Muslim outreach.” He told him, “to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.” We have to hitchhike with Russians to get to the space station, but have to spend money making Muslims feel good? Why it should be a goal of an American to find ways to help Muslims feel good about themselves is beyond understanding.
- President Obama invites a representative of the anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood to the White House.
Liberals don’t have the courage to call a Muslim terrorist a “terrorist” afraid, apparently, that they may offend somebody – it’s just “workplace violence.” Nidal Malik Hasan, an incompetent Army Psychiatrist who promoted jihad in groups of Army medical personnel, who was in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, and who was not reprimanded because the Army didn’t want to obstruct any promotions, and who shouted “Allahu akbar” while murdering American soldiers is not to be considered a “terrorist.”
How Multiculturalism Destroys the U.S. Economy
Even in our own history beginning with Lyndon Johnson, our Congress has passed laws defining benefits for people that are “means tested.” That means that if you fall into a politically determined economic category you qualify; you are “entitled.” There can be no analysis of why you are in that economic category!
These “entitlements” forbid any analysis of the “culture” of the person qualifying for the benefit. So long as you fall into the economic or racial category or ethnic category, you are “entitled” to the benefit. It doesn’t matter if you are in prison convicted of rape; if you are a gang member with a criminal history; a dope dealer ruining the lives of 6th graders. It doesn’t matter if you are a lazy, obnoxious, foul-smelling racist bigot who refuses to work – you are “entitled.” One culture is a good as any other; we must not make judgments children.
These “entitlements” have the very practical effect of reinforcing in the mind of the recipient that his or her activities that led to their economic condition are worthy and have no need of change. There is no motivation to act differently in the future than they have in the past: they are entitled.
All this has the effect of cementing many people into a particular economic category which can prevent them from sufficiently desiring positive change.
What Are the Consequences for Our Country?
Just think of the consequences of tolerating female mutilation, child murder, slavery, human trafficking, terrorism, suicide, and grinding poverty throughout many countries. Think about conditions in our own country: we give money to people who stink up public places, who intimidate regular citizens, refuse to work or bathe; people who deal in drugs, or who spend their government stipend on marijuana and other drugs. We grant money out of the public treasury to people in prison for felonies.
Taxpayers are forced to pay for the retirement income for people who are fired from their government job for theft, abuse; and incompetence, failure to appear for work, sexual molestation, and battery. We do this because liberals forbid us to make judgments about how people choose to live; how they look, how they smell, or even if they have a problem deciding if they should use the men’s or the women’s restroom. Situations like this are celebrated by liberals; such people are heralded as members of yet another new exciting minority class and so new protections must be crafted for them.
Does culture matter? Of course it does; people who say it doesn’t are either lying about what they know to be true, or blindingly stupid; but we aren’t supposed to point that out. The person who points out that the Emperor is stark naked is called a racisist, a bigot, an intemperate Neanderthal; or worse – a conservative! For these dolts, it is far worse to point out that the Emperor is naked than it is for the Emperor to march through his castle without clothes.
The price we are paying in the U.S. is economic and moral suicide. Without a strong economy, there is no country. Without personal morals, there can be no freedom. But the multiculturalists, the pluralists, the liberals in our midst are so committed to their suicidal ideology; they are fully prepared for economic collapse if that’s the price we must pay. For them it’s better that our economy collapse and the country come to an end than we make a judgment about someone.
As moths are attracted to the fatal flame, liberals are attracted to anything that is not American; anything smelling sort of foreign, exotic,being kind of strange. Liberals snort the novel and hallucinate about how cool it is. Besides, Muslims wear funny clothes and appear very sincere. But these same liberals are prepared to shut Christians out of the public square because – as everyone knows – Christians are hypocrites.
Christians fail morally like everyone else, but Christians admit their sins and ask forgiveness. And Christians forgive moral failings.
Liberal multiculturalists don’t need to forgive anybody – because for them there is only one sin and there is no remission of this sin. Every manner of human activity is acceptable to them because making a judgment about another person is the original sin, it is the only sin that remains to them; and there is no redemption or salvation for those who commit it.
For Liberals, making a correct judgment about another person is the unforgivable sin.