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A View from the Deck: Divided we are Failing

In this instalment of 'A View From the Deck', local author J. Wiley Dumas talks about how diversity has gone too far, and has created a chasm among average American citizens.

Some brilliant individual once stated that “United we stand, but divided we fall.”
(Aesop originally said in in one of his fables, but Patrick Henry was the
person most Americans attribute it to, but that’s not the point.)

In the original woodcut that the now-famous Gadsden (Don’t Tread on Me) Flag
borrowed from, Benjamin Franklin depicted a snake severed into several parts,
these parts representing the various colonies. The saying on the woodcut was ‘Join or Die’.

Franklin was trying to tell the people that they had to put aside their individuality
and form together as a WHOLE, with the diverse issues of the people of the
individual colonies secondary to the issue that was most important…

FREEDOM.

And yet everywhere we look nowadays, some special-interest group is out screaming for its recognition as an individual, separate part, rather than becoming a part of the whole. The whole, in this case, being our country...

The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Diversity is NOT always a good thing. Not back in Franklin’s time, and most assuredly, NOT in our world today. In order to face the future, a future full of uncertainty, we MUST join together. We must put aside individual differences. We must be ONE. We must become that which our Founding Fathers envisioned. We must, as the woodcut stated, 'Join or Die'.

Diversity has gone too far, and has created a chasm within our country among average AMERICAN citizens. Why must we draw attention to pointless, superficial differences, when we are all, first and foremost, AMERICANS?

Why, rather than calling ourselves African , Hispanic, Asian, or European, thus drawing attention to our differences, can we not simply take pride in being called
AMERICANS?

When people chose to come to this country, for whatever reason, should they not
embrace their new homeland and celebrate it, rather than attempting to turn it
into a colony of the country they left? And did they leave their former country because they were happy there?

“Divide and Conquer.” Ever heard that? That was said by Julius Caesar as he prepared to cross the Rubicon and enter Rome, changing it from a Republic into an Empire.


Caesar divided the people from the Senate on issues and ended up conquering
Rome in mere days.

But that could never happen here, right?

Are you sure it hasn’t already?

At the time of this writing, Americans, ALL Americans, are more heavily split over
socio-economic issues than at any time in our county’s history, and many of the
edumacated, degree-laden, pontificators of pointless theorems continue to exacerbate the problem, by insisting that we must “Envelope our individual and cultural diversities and cling to them, remaining true to our native heritage, and never allow ourselves to become indoctrinated into the masses and losing our grip on our true culture.”

What a crock!

I’m not going the belabor the issues of unfair hiring practices and quotas in this
blog, nor am I going to call attention to the purposeful incitement of racial
tensions, many brought about by some of the well-known civil rights groups (the
ACLU being the biggest inciter of these) in our country.

I’m also not going to share my disgust over the foreign flags flying over people’s
homes or businesses, or the language barriers that have resulted by those that
refuse to learn to communicate with fellow Americans.

And I'm certainly NOT going to go off on illegal immigrants.

Rather, I’m going to tell you a story…

There once was a cook, a great cook, who was about to share his latest creation with the rest of the world. A stew. A stew unlike any other ever before, one that
combined exotic ingredients from all over the world.

He set about preparing his stew, but a man that liked salt came to him and said
“You need more salt. The salt brings out flavors.”

So, wanting to please the man, he added more salt.

“You need more pepper,” Another told him, one that liked pepper, so, again, wanting to please the man, he added more pepper.

“More celery,” one said. “More meat,” said another. “No, the basil overwhelms the thyme, add more.” And so it went, on and on, the cook making certain that each ingredient stood out.

The time came to present the stew before all the world, and people lined up to taste this fabulous creation…

And each of them spat the stew out of their mouths onto the ground, saying that it was “Too salty,” or “Too much pepper,” or even “Not enough basil.”

The cook’s reputation was ruined, so he went home , vowing to never again cook. His wife left him, the bank foreclosed on his home, and he ended up on the street, and in a drunken stupor, was run over by a garbage truck.

Do you get it yet? If so, let me know.

If you disagree with my observations, well, that’s your right, as an AMERICAN.

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Ralph Thayer September 22, 2012 at 07:19 AM
If people just let themselves see how magnificent and unique it is to be able to declare, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…", they just might begin to understand the genuine fullness -- and full responsibility -- of being American. Alas, for generations now, our young people have been poorly schooled in civics, our media and entertainment have been co-opted by the illiberal Gramscian left [ http://bit.ly/zsOWa ], so now we are up to our necks in those who not only make a religion of politics but also a church of the state [ http://bit.ly/Q4uVYj ]. Since the Democrat Party lost the likes of 'Scoop' Jackson, left behind the likes of Joe Lieberman, and was bought up by the likes of "we bought it, we own it" MoveOn [ http://bit.ly/TglPuI ] it is not invested in America or the Declaration or anything like these. Instead it is wholly interested in harvesting votes from the virtual plantation of benighted thralls it does everything in its power to maintain. To believe "one flag, one Declaration, one nation under God" is to be an anathema to the Democrat Party as we know it today.
Justin September 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Great piece, Great first comment.
J. Wiley Dumas September 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM
@Ralph: And that truly IS what makes this country so unique. Despite all of the issues we face, there is no other country on this planet with the freedoms that we have as AMERICANS. The history of our nation is like that of no other. Thank you, Ralph, for understanding.
J. Wiley Dumas September 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thank you, Justin.
Bill September 23, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Good article
Old Dog Literary Services September 25, 2012 at 01:04 PM
You only have to look at the posts on various other blogs on Patch to see that Mr. Dumas has a valid point. The 'Special Interests' have gotton so much recognition that they believe that they are running this country. Actually, I guess they are. Mr. Thayer, sir, your comment struck a chord with me. "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." I guess they've forgotten that. Shame too. I've tasted that 'stew' and found it revolting. It's truly time to wake up and realize that, like Red Green says, "We're all in this TOGETHER."
J. Wiley Dumas September 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Thanks for your comment, Ed, and I LOVE Red Green.
Andrea McKenna Brankin September 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Thanks for the great story about the stew. I get it, although it was not always my opinion. But you made a very good point and the comment from Mr. Thayer was also excellent--"to understand the genuine fullness and responsibility of being American." Thanks also for serving your country. My Dad was in WW2 and I have a nephew and cousins in Iraq and Afghanistan. You all stood for America and its ideals. I appreciate that as well as your views. I currently live overseas (though I am a Mystic native) and I know what it is like to not have the rights Americans may take for granted. Thanks again for your post.
J. Wiley Dumas September 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
And thank you for your kind words. Hurry home.
Ben Rodriguez October 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Wow what an off the wall blog. Diversity is a great thing and what makes this country strong. I guess we share the sentiment that our country is the greatest in the world. That said, attacking diversity is attacking the very notion this country represents. The United States has a pretty diverse military (though at a time it wasn't so) and I don't see people putting aside their religion or cultural values in order to serve. A good friend served in Iraq, has a Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart and is dark skin of Dominican descent who's mother spoke Spanish. I still thank him for his service and the diversity he brings to the country. It's funny is the word "diversity" has become a buzzword for people of color, Hispanics, African Americans, etc. I grew up in Western Massachusetts and I never heard anyone complaining about diversity when the Polish flags hanging on the houses. Also, attacking diversity is the platform of the KKK. I'd like to think free thinking Americans don't agree with their beliefs. This country isn't weaker by our diversity, it's stronger for it.
Jim G. October 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Good analysis. As much as I agree with the gist of the comments, it seems that "diversity" has been ill-chosen as a code word for... something. There's a bit of a racist odor over the whole piece - that only those who shut up and assimilate into a white midwestern/northeast view of what "America" means are worthy, while anyone who holds pride in other views, cultures or viewpoints is just an undermining inciter. Sorry, I don't buy it. Diversity is, and always has been, at the heart of what makes this country both great and strong. A false, arbitrarily defined "unity" - which often seems to boil down to "my way or the highway" - is the mark of groups and movements I'm sure the author would be highly offended to be compared with.
Mark D. Wiggins October 02, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Holly Bat Post! Finally, some one (in the US) pointed out the obvious. In Feb of last year, British PM David Cameron, in his FIRST speech as PM, stated that Multiculturalism has failed and was threatening the very safety and existence of England: "We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values. Building a stronger sense of national and local identity holds "the key to achieving true cohesion" by allowing people to say "I am a Muslim, I am a Hindu, I am a Christian, but I am a Londoner... too", he said. This is NOT and attack, anyone who reads it w/ unbiased eyes can see this fact. To compare this with the KKK is insulting at best. We are not getting stronger; another simple unbiased observation. In my 47 years, I have NEVER seen this country so divided, frustrated, angry, apathetic and dysfunctional. I was born during the civil right movement, the Vietnam War and lived with the cold war, under threat of MAD every day...but I have never, ever seen this country so divided in so many ways and such a vacuum of leadership at the national level. I am not even sure if it possible to lead such a divided country...is it? This was a great article, yet so simple: Observing empirical evidence is easy, stating it has become increasingly difficult. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12371994
Rod October 02, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The enemy isn’t conservatism. The enemy isn’t liberalism. The enemy is bulls**t ... and both parties have endless supplies ... but most of us mistake the s**t for a miracle cure. History repeats ... “This country belongs to the people who inhabit it. Its resources, its business, its institutions and its laws should be utilized, maintained or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest. Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day." ~ Teddy Roosevelt 1912 “Politics - noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” ― Warren Buffett, New York Times, November 26, 2006”
Kaptainsteve October 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Warren Buffet is right, the ultra rich have won. Think about it. Who owns your home after it's been foreclosed on? Who owns your home until they get that last nickel of your mortgage? Who is the 16 Trillion owed to? The answer to all these questions are the Criminal Banksters. Yes, they own almost all the real estate and even your Federal Government (well, until that 16T is paid off which ain't never gonna happen, be real folks and don't forget about all the unfunded liabilities neither). Yep, the crooked politicians and banksters have recreated a new debt servitude/feudal system, they own everything and they'll make all the rules. Just wait another 9 months or less when the dollar collapses and is replaced with the IMF's new SDR (Special Drawing Rights) currency and the new UN taxes kick in... yes, they are all ready to be rolled out, they are just waiting for the right time...
Ben Rodriguez October 02, 2012 at 08:18 PM
This argument is so absurd it's sad. Anyone arguing against diversity is just not accepting the makeup of the country and may not realize it but are falling in line with the KKK and former despotic leaders (Hitler comes to mind). Take offense or don't, this is just fact. This country is divided more than ever, from "Tea Party" style conservatives that have an obstructionist view more than one of governing. Like I said before, I recall seeing many flags flying where I grew up, such as Polish, Irish or Italian flags. I never heard a problem with diversity then. Like it or not there's Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Polish, French Canadian, plenty more and no one is going anywhere. Multiculturalism has failed? Perhaps in England but here in the US and many countries around the world that is plain wrong. The US is still strong in defense and culture (the economy not so much). In many of our cities and towns we can find Christian churches, mosques and temples and that's a good thing.
Kaptainsteve October 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Diversity is neither good nor bad. Who's to say what is "diverse" or not? Who measures it? Who determines these things and for what reasons? Is diversity about color, ethnicity, religion, intelligence, ability, hair color, weight, occupation, beliefs or what? No one should care about diversity one way or another. Those who are not diverse (for diversity to exist sameness must also exist in order to identify what is diverse and what is not diverse, right? ) are not better, worse or even the same than each other. If someone is different from you, it's the same, they are neither better, worse or the same as you. To say any other person is not diverse, whether they have the same skin color, ethnicity, religion as you is to be ignorant and as racist as any Klan member who says someone is different based on these very same things. Think about what you are saying. If it goes one way, then it also travels in reverse. To embrace "diversity" is really the equivalent to embracing "sameness." If it's good for one, then why not the other way? How about embracing individuals for being individuals, not the same, not different, for their own merits period, whatever they might be or not be.
Think Positive October 02, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Bravo Rod. Well said.
Think Positive October 02, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Who is the $16 Trillion owed to? Take a look. http://www.cnbc.com/id/29880401?__source=yahoo%7Cusgovtdebt%7C&par=yahoo
Think Positive October 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
So, we as a people, fight back. Don't take on any new debt. And do everything you can to pay off your existing debt. And honker down. That's right honker down. That is how WE regain power. The Free Will of the People. Power in numbers. They need us more than we need them. You're only a debt slave if you choose to be one. Most people put themselves in shackles, so now they have to break free. I realize it's not going to be easy. But, what is? My husband and I are totally debt free and have been for decades. We've always lived "below are means" and saved, saved, and saved. We enjoy the company of our family and friends. We share in good times, lots of laughs, good food and your choice of libation (in moderation of course). What more is there? People need to realize that the "Stuff" isn't important. We do have some say in this. We just say "No".
Think Positive October 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Who owns your home once you've paid off the mortgage? You do. The one with "NO DEBT" is the one that survives and thrives. Pay off that mortgage. Give up the dinners out and the Cable TV Bonus package, and pay off the mortgage. You'll be glad you did. Who owns your home until they get that last nickel of your mortgage? Well, they own only the portion for which you still owe them for. Any accrued equity is yours, provided you have any. Any if you don't have any equity, well then I'd say you're in over your head. You should have rented. Buying a home is a Huge responsibilty. One that many shouldn't take on. If you don't have at least a 20% downpayment, then you shouldn't buy. Sure, the debt master will tell you differently. For they want you to be a debt slave. That's how they make their money. Those that owned their homes for years and then used them as ATM's and burden themselves with new mortage debt can only blame themselves. No one but themselves. They are the ones that have to "honker down" the most. Homeownership isn't for everyone, and should'nt be. Nothing wrong with renting. Actually in today's economy, if you're younger, you're better off renting for you're more mobile. Leaves you open to more job opportunties in other parts of the country and world
Daniella Ruiz October 03, 2012 at 09:45 PM
a nation bankrupted of it's own core goal, and that is, to remain free of a monarchy system that itself demanded allegiance to a powerful/wealthy, lineage oriented king or queen. it was synonymous to the land ownership enjoyed by those past monarchy's who owned and controlled the majority (all?) of a defined country's natural assets. (or other wise a scattered, constantly defended, bunch of changing smaller territories within a single land mass) feudal obeisance to the king/queen meant virtual servitude, non-ownership of shelter and land, endless work to offer up payments/taxes to be allowed to exist on that land and complete abandonment of personal will or self decision. (in other words, be a total brown nosing suck up or you are 'outed') you were either 'with' the king or against the king/queen. consequences were final and usually fatal. (cold thump of head hitting the ground here) Fed will declare themselves (ahem) bankrupt and leave the taxpayer with perhaps 1 percent of their net worth. the Fed will seemingly 'vanish', and re-emerge as some other 'new' cockamamie named entity. (standard means of many scam artists, fraud perpetrators and so forth) bingo, instant inflation of 1000 percent, and the only ones left able to 'pay' for anything are those few (relatively speaking) who have amassed billions of the 'old money' from the prior system. (almost close to what we have now)
Daniella Ruiz October 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
we all share one thing and that is, a distributed ability to use each, our own abilities for a common good. let's not waste it on frivolous side-trips or by handing it to those who already have too much.

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