Yet Another Leftist Attempt to Control the Language and Our Thinking

Did you see this story?

Fort Collins students read Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic

That story represents yet another Leftist/Progressive attempt to control the language and our thinking.  But before I explain what I see in this story, let me first say I do not care about the fact that this is a story about receipting the pledge in Arabic.  It was done by a multi-cultural group and, as such, everything about it is voluntary.  I have no issue with people doing something of their own volition, so I do not care about this aspect of the story.  Got it?

OK, here’s what I do care about.  First, there is the revisionist masquerading as a teacher/educator.  Why do I call him a revisionist?  Because he asserts that multi-culturalism is “American.”  IT IS NOT!  “American” has a clear definition, and it is not what the Left is trying to paint it as.  This nation was once known as the melting pot – because people of many different cultures came here to become American!  That means, while they may have kept their native language and cultural practices at home, when they were in public, they assimilated – and that means they spoke English.  They learned our history, or customs and our traditions and they tried to adopt them so they would fit in: so they would be American.  So, when this propagandist — this revisionist – asserts that multi-culturalism is “American,” he is bold faced lying (because he actually knows better – even if he can’t admit it).

The next thing that bothers me is connected to the last, and I openly admit it is based on some unknowns.  Still, my concerns are legitimate and, if the whole truth were known, I suspect they would prove to be well founded.

The second issue I have with this story is in the revisionist’s assertion that the protests he is receiving from the public represent hate.  I reject this out of hand.  True, there may be some who hate Arabic, or the perceived connection to Islam.  But many of those are actually reactions to fear.  Yes, people often act aggressively when they are afraid, and this revisionist may have – due to his own pre-conceived biases – interpreted fear as hate.  So what if Americans are fearful of Islamic infiltration and possibly terrorism, who can blame them?  In spite of the Left’s insistence that it is not a threat, it is a threat!  But I suspect many – in fact, I’d bet a majority of the calls are from informed citizen concerned with the cultural drift represented by this story.  If this is the case and this propagandist pretending to be a teacher labels their concerns as “hate,” then that is Orwellian in nature.  And, given that the odds are this man is a Leftist, and that the Left in this nation has repeatedly demonstrated a propensity to label its opposition as hateful, I would assume this may well be the case here.

14 thoughts on “Yet Another Leftist Attempt to Control the Language and Our Thinking

  1. Here’s the problem I see with your irritation at claiming America to be ‘multicultural’. It is. Arizona culture is different from Hawaii culture. New York culture is different from California culture. Montana culture is different from Louisiana culture. America, by virtue of it’s states and territories, *is* multicultural, even down to different accents, cuisines, social customs, and using different words for the same thing (soda instead of pop, sofa vs. couch.)

    So saying America is multicultural is very accurate, it rightly points out that there is no *one* American culture, there are many American cultures, and they depend on which part of the nation you find yourself in.

    It also isn’t exactly right to say people came here and assimilated. It would be more accurate to say as large numbers of people came, the cultures blended between them. Immigrants took on some aspects of American culture. Americans sometimes took on some aspects of the immigrants’ culture, if they were concentrated enough. There’s a cute saying that says if you live in New York, you’re going to be a little bit Jewish, even if you’re a Goy. If you live in Butte, Montana, you’re going to be Goyish, even if you’re Jewish!

    So that’s like America. If you got enough concentration of immigrants in one area, Americans are just as likely to adopt some of those practices as the Immigrants are to adopt parts of American culture. And that’s why culture in Hawaii is different from Arizona, and culture in New York is different from California, and Montana culture is different from Louisiana culture.

    Given all the above, I’d be very interested in what you define American to be that is so in conflict with multiculturalism, since you claim ““American” has a clear definition”.

    • Creative,

      I disagree — strongly. You are advocating balkanization, and that is the path to national destruction. What’s more, there IS a unique AMERICAN culture. If ANYONE from ANY of the regions of this nation you mentioned were to go overseas, I promise you, they would be pegged as Americans.

      You see, while you mention regional factors, you miss that we all speak the same language (at least, we used to), we share the same history, holidays, traditions and even the same culture. There are McDonalds and Star Bucks everywhere, and we watch the same TV shows, listen to the same music, discuss the same national politics. So there IS an American culture, and that is why I disagree with your take on this.

      • I’m not advocating anything, I’m pointing out realities. There are vastly different cultures in this country based on where you live and ignoring that isn’t going to make it magically disappear.

        I feel more out of place in California than I did in Holland, because to me, Holland reflected what I was used to more than California does. Similar climate, similar imagery, dress, mood… Sure, I might recognize McDonald’s, but is there a country that doesn’t have that these days? That isn’t really what I’d point to as defining America.

        And I’m just as likely to pass for Canadian oversees as American, of course, there’s more likely that someone will mistake a Canadian for an American, so again, not really much a defining factor if isn’t self-evident. There really isn’t something so unique and obvious about us as you’re insisting.

        So again, what’s most unique about America, to me, is the vastness of our diversity. City names in Washington are as likely to be based on Native American names and words, whereas Louisiana is heavily influenced by their French history. We both speak English, but I don’t speak a word of French and wouldn’t be able to pronounce a lot of things they would take for granted. They probably can’t pronounce half the geography of Washington, and I can. Maybe we both have McDonald’s, but that doesn’t mean the menu is the same (even oversees McDonald’s often have very different menus than we do in the States). That’s why everything always comes with the caveat about things not being available in all areas.

        Culture isn’t just that we have fast food and speak English. I promise you, living in Hawaii is going to come with a *vast* cultural difference – not just in language and local history, but in customs, social conventions, and even what is considered typical clothing – when compared to Massachusetts.

        A friend from the East Coast tells me no one leaves the house unless they’re dressed up, make-up, hair done, fit to be seen in any setting, etc. In Seattle, we stumble out of the house barely remembering to brush our hair, pull on a flannel shirt over pajama pants, and that’s good enough for a trip to the coffee shop. These are unwritten social structures that vary between the two coasts, and that is only a tiny illustration of the different cultures we have.

        There are true differences in culture, in what is seen as acceptable, in what the mindset of people is like. Culture isn’t just language, it’s also how you use that language. It isn’t just what your grandma cooks for Sunday dinner, it’s that your grandma cooks a Sunday dinner! It’s everything, it’s clothing and architecture and unspoken social cues, accents and word choices and if you don’t know them you’ll always feel just a little out of place, you’ll feel the different culture around you. it’s all these things, and that is going to differ in every place you go.

        There are some parts of American culture that are more widespread than others, certainly. Belief in Democracy and freedom, the fact that we’re one of the most generous nations on earth when it come to charity and aid, our one-ness despite our differences, and yet our fiercely independent and individualistic views, and our rather arrogant insistence that the rest of the world should conform to us in all things; these are things I would say define a more cohesive American culture. But that still does not mean there is only *one* American culture. We are a culture of many things, some unique to our areas, and some more overriding, but still not entirely uniform in nature.

        We are a magnificent blend.

        • Creative,

          You may be right — today. But 30 years ago? 30+ years ago, you would have been so wrong I wouldn’t have had to explain it. And we’re suffering for the change — a change that was intentionally forced on us by people who think closer to the way you do than the way I do.

          • I’m not forcing anything, and of course I’m talking about today. Why would I talk about 30+ years ago, it isn’t really relevant to the discussion.

            I’m just saying what the reality is. I’m not even saying it’s good or bad, but it’s the truth. Personally, I think people prefer to have a culture to call their own. I think culture can be a great boost to community – common beliefs, observances, and practices can bind people together and be a great asset.

            But that doesn’t mean we should all be forced into one uniform way of doing everything – sounds rather Nazi-ish, really. Why should it be a problem if there’s differences between Californians and Alaskans? It seems given everything, it’s only natural that there be differences. History, geography, architecture, cuisine, industry – these are all going to be *very* different, so of course the people who experience these things will be different.

            I’m baffled by your stance that these differences must – by necessity – be bad.

            Even 30 years ago, there was still a difference between Californians and Alaskans, only I think no one cared because the differences were normal.

            Back in the Dust Bowl days, there was a difference between Okies and New Yorkies. There were differences in the very ‘fabric’ of these people’s lives, and I wouldn’t have had to explain that, either.

            In 1865 we fought a war over the irreconcilable differences between regions of this country..

            So yes, these differences have always been here. The age of the internet just means we have more access and awareness of these differences. That seems to be the only problem. I’d argue that we’re actually less different today than we ever have been in the past, *precisely* for things like having a Starbucks on every corner, and national TV in every house. It used to be regional differences were even more pronounced instead of being able to move anywhere and still go into a Walgreens that’s built on the same set of plans and laid out exactly the same way it was in your old town.

            The difference isn’t the issue, it’s people having issues with the differences that’s the problem.

      • I agree with you Joe, Balkanization is not good for America and immigrants used to be dealt with very differently than today.

        My German great grandfather learned a valuable lesson in the days leading up to WWI. He still had ties to his native Germany and spoke publicly about how much he did not want America to go to war with Germany. He also wore a ring with the kaisers picture on it and he regularly sent $ home to Germany.

        One night after dinner 3 local men showed up at great Grandpa’s farm and asked to speak to him privately. The 3 men told him to lose the Kaiser ring, stop sending $ to Germany and to stop the pro-German talk. They told him he had a choice to make, was he an American or a German, he could not be both.

        My great grandfather did as they asked, except he continued to send $ to Germany since it was for his elderly parents, which the 3 men agreed to after they heard it was for his folks. My great grandfather changed his tone completely by the time the young men in his family marched off to fight Germany, his choice was made.

        Just this weekend a Hispanic waitress told me “in my country…..”. Although this waitress was born and raised in CA she doesn’t know the US IS her country. Unfortunately for all of us, 3 men will not show up at her door and tell her to choose a country, mores the pity.

        • Trapp,

          I would agree with people showing up to explain why she should change her attitude, and to urge her to do so, but not to force her to do so. Remember, Wilson allowed people to murder Germans at that time in our history WITHOUT PROSECUTION! Sound like anything you know from history, like 1930’s-40’s Germany maybe? We must never become “them” in seeking to do the right thing 🙂

          • Joe,
            These men did not physically threaten my great grandfather or anyone in the family. However, they did tell him he had to choose which country he would give his allegiance to. Considering we were about to go to war their actions did not seem unreasonable to me.

            What I’m trying to illustrate is how differently Hispanic immigrants are treated compared to earlier immigrant groups. For most of my life more Americans traced their ancestry to Germany than any other country, sure that has changed now, but even though this was a huge group no one coddled them as we do with Hispanics. In fact, during WWI it was illegal to teach German in schools in Minnesota.

            • Trapp,

              OK, I misunderstood. In that case, I agree with you: those men were behaving as they should have. And yes, we need more of them and less of this Hispanic lady in our country. Thanks 🙂

  2. CM, I think you might be missing the point of B’s post. And actually, what we have in this country we call America are regional/b> differences as opposed to cultural differences. Immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century wanted their families to assimilate as quickly as they could into the American way of life. That didn’t mean that they would give up the “good” parts of their old culture, the foods and customs, but that they would adapt to the American culture and become Americans.

    The worst thing to happen to this country was the advent of the “hyphenated” American.

  3. E Pluribus Unum. Latin for “Out of many, one” It is on our coins. Meaning many cultures coming together to form one. This is an american value. The left believes in multiculturalism and it is helping to divide our country.

  4. A spirited discussion, thank you. And a polite one.

    I see no problem with a recitiation of the Pledge of Allegiance in any language, under God.

    What I see as a problem is this teacher using it as an incendiary device, and saying that anyone who disagrees is a hater.

    It’s a setup by the leftists. Just like the meme of “teabilly” or gun nut or bitter clinger.

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