What do we mean by the word diversity?

In our day and time the word diversity means many different things and to many different people. In fact, one might add that the word “diversity” is an ambiguous term.

Perhaps a definition from a dictionary may assist us with moving forward; here are a few examples:

The word diversity is a noun and it can mean 1. the state of being diverse; variety; or 2. a range of different things.

The United States is a classic example of a nation that has prided itself in “unity in diversity.” The concept that we often use as citizens of this great land is E Pluribus Unum or “out of the many one.”

We The People of this great “republic” come from many different backgrounds, faiths, hues, and ethnicities.
The first settlers – other than the indigenous Indian population that preceded them – came from Europe in three initial waves in the years 1607 (James Bay, Virginia), 1619 (Jamestown, Virginia), and 1620 (Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts).

The pioneers who arrived on American shores in 1607 and 1620 came here to seek a land in which they could practice their “religious faith” in an atmosphere of freedom and celebration.

Across the years, many other pioneers from numerous nations came to America in search of a better life. The newcomers came from France, Sweden, Ireland (potato blight of 1848), Germany and Eastern Europe (many of our Jewish friends came to America in large numbers in the 1880s).

As these brave men and women came to our shores, they gave up their former livelihood in search of a better life.

These brave men and women embraced the American ideal beautifully articulated in the immortal words of The Declaration of Independence which states that “all men – and women – are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights – among them which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

With the sad and terrible exception of Native-Americans and Blacks of African ancestry, the various ethnicities that came to America were allowed to pursue their dreams and aspirations without fear of restraint, imprisonment, or bondage.

One of the greatest accomplishments of the “American experiment in true diversity” is that even groups of people who were at one time excluded from the American vision of equality have been able to make great strides in becoming part of the mainstream of this great country.

Throughout the years, organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – or NAACP for short – have worked tirelessly to defend, protect, and fight for the rights of citizens of color who have been marginalized by the broader Anglo-American society.

Since the founding of the NAACP in 1909, their legal efforts have born much positive fruit and one of their greatest lawyers the late Thurgood Marshall became the first Black American to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court in 1967.

The NAACP has been quick to celebrate minority accomplishments for more than 100 years with awards, bulletins, and other forms of communication.

This is why the reticence of the NAACP in not celebrating the recent political victories of three Black Republicans – 2 to the United States House of Representatives (Mia Love of Utah and Will Hurd of Texas) and 1 to the United States Senate (Tim Scott of South Carolina) – is so appalling.

There was a time in which the NAACP along with much of the traditional and mainstream Civil Rights community would have rejoiced over the fact that the state of Utah which has a paucity of black residents is sending a Black female of Haitian ancestry to represent them (for the sake of full disclosure many residents in Utah are members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints or the Mormon faith – and Mrs. Love shares this faith)! Mrs. Love is a former mayor with “executive experience.”

Congressman-Elect Hurd won his seat in a district that is predominantly Latino-American.

Guess What?

Republicans can actually engage our Latino and Latina friends when they try. Mr. Hurd is a former CIA Officer.

Finally, Mr. Tim Scott has a multifaceted resume.

Senator Scott has been a successful businessman, state representative, and congressman. Mr. Scott was appointed to the United States Senate by the current South Carolina Governor Nikki Halley to complete the unexpired term of former Senator Jim DeMint. In the recent November elections Tim Scott won a Senate seat outright – in the midst of the state that started the Civil War!

These three exceptional and outstanding individuals will bring tremendous diversity to the United States Government.

One can only wonder why there are no cheers from the NAACP or from other Civil Rights leaders over the wonderful accomplishments of these three people.

Perhaps to celebrate these three wonderful people might be a tacit acknowledgement by the Civil Rights establishment that perhaps “class” and not “institutional racism” is the primary determinant of how far men and women of color can advance in the American society of 2014.

I did not watch Pres. Obama’s speech for a number of reasons, the main one being that I simply could not stand it. Instead, I read the transcript.

Leave it to the lawyers and experts on the Constitution to duke it out, but, no matter how you cut it, this was a flagrant violation of the separation of powers, and he knew it (video at the link):

For years, he has called such action illegal; in fact, “The Kelly File” found 25 instances in which Obama said so on camera.

Mickey Kaus posits that 

If Obama’s executive action is as broad as described, the Supreme Court will strike it down.

And sooner than we expect, by using a system-balancing rationale.

But that’s in the future.

Let’s look at last night’s speech, a low point for the putative greatest orator evah, who, while making up his rules, claims that

We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.

First, there’s the racism, as Pete pointed out:

Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?

Immediately followed by,

Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future?

Because the man who said, “You didn’t build that” cannot conceive that the #Fruitpickers and #Bedmakers can actually better themselves through education, perseverance and hard work in a business-friendly economic environment (which certainly government regulation and taxation – two of Obama’s preferred tools – hinder). To Obama, the #Fruitpickers and #Bedmakers are not (as he had said earlier in the same speech) “able to remake ourselves as [they] choose;” it’s their kids who must be given a better future.

But Obama was on a roll,

Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families and works together to keep them together?

Of course, said by a man who support late-term abortion, one must conclude that liberals are irony-poor people.

Then there’s Scripture!

Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger.

Scott Johnson had something to say about that,

I will concede, however, that the Torah portion was brilliant. The White House functionaries love it so much that they highlight it in their post on the speech. Go down, Barry!

Obama has come down from the mountain as the lawgiver with his immigration commandments, but he left out the part about not bearing false witness. It’s not part of his immigration package.

Anyway, Obama is obviously more Pharaoh than Moses. Obama’s immigration commandments have no higher authority than his own say-so. He’s Pharaoh a la Yul Brynner in the classic 1956 movie, issuing edicts with the force of law: “So let it be written. So let it be done.”

No nadir is complete without a pull at the heartstrings, so, of course, there was a story about some girl who,

When she started school, she didn’t speak any English. She caught up to other kids by reading newspapers and watching PBS.

Allow my snark to flow: OF COURSE the kid learned American English from Sesame Street, and the Queen’s English from Thomas the Tank Engine and Downton Abbey! She must have even picked up a Scottish brogue from Donald and Douglas!

Again, the fact that parents may have actively participated in their child’s literacy while they themselves were learning English – as thousands, if not millions, of immigrant families have – is a concept that does not enter in Obama’s Life of Julia, Amnesty Applicant story.

And reading newspapers? Really? Don’t public schools have books at taxpayers’ expense anymore?

Twitchy caught what a real-life legal immigrant had to say, and she didn’t hold back:

Read the rest of her tweets here.

Parting question:
Now that he bypassed Congress for amnesty, and there’s that deal with Iran coming up, will Obama end the embargo with Cuba before year’s end?

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Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Is it just me or does Barack Obama’s justification for amnesty deriding the “hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” sound less like King’s: “I have a dream” or LBJ’s “and we shall overcome.” and more like Al Campanas talking about his love of black America on Nightline?

I suspect the White House spin over these words is going to sound a whole less like Nixon in his resignation speech saying: “I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision.”

and a lot more like D.W Griffith as quoted by Lillian Gish in denying he was a racist after making the wildly racist Birth of a Nation:

To say that is like saying I am against children, as they were our children, whom we loved and cared for all of our lives.

Closing thought: Barack Obama and his handlers surely knew that this was going to be one of the seminal moments of his presidency. Given that fact it’s likely that every word of the speech he gave in prime time last night was chosen with care.

Given that fact the inclusion of the “workers of pick our fruit & make our beds” means either those words didn’t set off the alarm bells of any person in the White House staff that worked on or reviewed this speech, including the President OR President Obama overruled those objections personally.

Last night the President went on TV to announce executive action on Amnesty to people who have violated immigration laws.

The argument that we keep hearing is that the law is “broken” or immigration is “broken”.

Now I’ve seen power supplies broken, I’ve seen toys broken, I’ve heard of hearts “broken” but how does a law “break”?  Do the words fall off the paper?

All that is going on is that large amount of people are breaking a law, said people have allies with a large megaphone and have decided to ally themselves with a particular political party and said party has decided to attempt to buy their votes.

This is a law that is broken, this is law breaking that is being excused for political reasons.

This is going to mint republican by the tens of thousands because as people south of the border swarm in illegally (thinking that the amnesty applies to them) millions of people, black, white and hispanic find competition for the increasingly scarce entry-level jobs get even tighter.

The mask is coming off of this president and the country that already has paid a heavy price for their foolish decision to elect and re-elect him ain’t seen nothing yet.

Exit question:  If as the media says the GOP has to support this or will have no prospect of every winning again, why didn’t democrats run on it with a national ad campaign?

Update: title typo fixed

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