"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
America had already been in existence for 127 years when poet Emma Lazarus’ words were etched into the Statue of Liberty’s lower level.
Many act as if this poem is on par with the historical and patriotic significance of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, or even the Gettysburg Address.
This is absurd. The Founders envisioned a pluralistic society where people from a wide array of backgrounds could become part of the American dream by assimilating into American society.
They believed a strong set of values and a shared culture are necessary to preserve order and to ensure unity. Hence our national motto: E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, one.”
The greatness of America is enshrined in its institutions, its Constitution and its protection of freedoms, which empower the individual with his or her own sovereignty.
These elements empower diversity.
Diversity, in and of itself, has nothing to do with America’s greatness.
It is a symptom of America’s greatness.
Furthermore, as evidenced by Europe’s immigration nightmare, high levels of diversity without a shared set of values and culture is a recipe for disaster.