One more point about the whole assimilation thing. I notice in Australia that what appear to be second or third generation Indians, Chinese, etc. all speak with an Aussie accent. I think that with time the robustness of our culture overwhelms the cultural (but not religious norms) of the immigrants, but it takes a generation or two. We should be patient about this; not condoning the burqa, but allowing human nature to take its course. In a free country, what young woman would really want to be required to wear a tent from head to foot; I don't see this lasting.
"...robustness of culture..."
We love that. B-Daddy's exactly right. Europe is fighting a rear-guard action currently with respect to trying to preserve their culture and it is resulting in very reactionary and illiberal policies like the Burqa ban.
A Burqa ban is not needed in this country because we have not capitulated to the extreme elements of the Muslim community or other immigrant groups and because our belief in American exceptionalism has led to a robust American culture that is centered around the rule of law, property rights and freedom of speech and religion.
We could and should be doing much better, however, as we have shown signs of caving to outside cultures that do not share a steadfast resolve towards the qualities of American culture as spelled out in the paragraph above. (And by saying that, it should be perfectly clear that this nation's "culture" is in no way, shape or form race or religion-based)
So, as a way to promote some discussion, what are some positive and concrete steps we can take to promote a more robust culture here in America?*
One thing we'd like to see is all voting ballots and official government documentation printed in English. We've always admired the fact that we do not have an official language. There was a time when it was understood that the language of the public square, the language of business, the language of success was English. There is no need to have an official language with that pervasive mindset across all socio-economic and racial strata. What better way to create unity within a culture and tacitly acknowledge the verbal road to success than to have everybody singing figuratively from the same sheet of music?
OK. That's one idea. How about some more? Whaddya all think?
*We're not doing the GZ mosque debate here, so just spare yourself the time and energy.