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  All Cultures are Not Created Equal
by Tony Sarrecchia
23
November 2002
Originally published in the Kennesaw State University Sentinel 11/13/02


The multiculturalists have it wrong. According to them, it does not matter if
a culture is based on equality of justice, the impulse of a malevolent
dictator, or the oppression of religious fundamentalists; all societies are
equal. That is as intellectually dishonest as saying that a society that
condones slavery is as good as a free society. I personally like the fact that
the United States is built on the premise that all people are created equal
and, as such, are endowed "with certain unalienable Rights". You know the
rest: the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Just to be clear on the pursuit of happiness thing, you have the right to buy
a color television, you don't have the right to make me pay for it. A right is
something that exists among all people and does not require an obligation from
anyone else. In other words, I have a right to free speech-you cannot stop or
interfere with that right, but you are not obligated to listen to me. More
succinctly, you cannot stop me from speaking, and I cannot force you to
listen. The beauty of these rights is that we are born with them and no one
can give them or take them away from us.

Not only are we ready made with these rights, we give the government its
rights; indeed its very right to exist-a right we can take away if its laws
become too oppressive. This 'Consent of the Governed' unequivocally states,
that the US government derives its power from what we the people choose to
give it. According to the Declaration of Independence, the only purpose a
government should serve is to secure our rights. "If that government becomes
destructive of these ends", the people have the right to "institute a new
government." Not many other world governments have this written into their
founding papers. (A note to the Democrats-still wondering why you lost
everything? Could it be because you have been destroying the rights of
citizens for too long? I would suggest you toss both Clinton and the Socialist
Manifesto aside and read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
before the 2004 elections. Oh, Republicans, keep an eye on Mr. Ashcroft, okay?
He's kinda scary.)

I love our culture-it values freedom above all else; and stands for rational
self-reliant individualism and rewards personal achievement. Do you realize
that any person in this country can achieve whatever they've defined as their
personal goal for greatness? We are not jingoistic nationalists who turn our
back on other countries or pass laws to prevent foreign languages from
mingling with our own; and, we certainly are not primitive fundamentalists who
use brute force and intimidation to get our way. We don't stone women to death
for adultery. We don't shoot people for burning the flag or questioning the
leadership skills of our presidents. Heck, if you want to worship living
livestock dipped in Diet Coke, have at it. You can rest easy knowing a burning
stake does not await you.

And yet.

People out there think its egocentric when we celebrate our Western culture
above others. Sorry multiculturalists you can't tell me that a tyrannical
tribe of cannibals is equal to a civilized nation where human life is held at
a premium. I don't believe its evil when we claim our superiority over
cultures that routinely mutilate the sex organs of young girls. Judging
another culture according to the multiculturalists by our prejudices is evil.
The problem with "Who am I to judge" becomes "I can't judge anything" which
leads to Hitler and bin Laden.

Celebrate our culture and nation as the superpower and world leader that it
is. The United States is a tribute to men and women at their best. Name
another country whose core beliefs of freedom and the pursuit of happiness cut
across gender, race, and religion. We are the most open society in the world;
we welcome anyone to come here and live the American dream. Let the rest of
the world sit in non-judgmental flaccidness; as for us, be proud and
unapologetic about being America.

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