A House Severely Divided
Roberts, Paul Craig, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Now that the Fourth of July is over, let's be honest with ourselves about our country.
Abraham Lincoln said "a house divided against itself cannot stand." Lincoln was speaking geographically. Today our only unity is geographical. We are a land bordered East and West by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and North and South by Canada and Mexico.
Lincoln would tremble at the divisions in the American house. Not even a Grant and a Sherman could force the country together again. Americans are no longer a people with a common heritage, sharing common values, aspirations and a mother tongue.
Our divisions are not merely political or along economic or class lines. We are divided in new ways that reflect a fatal disintegration.
Feminists have divided women against men. Politicians have divided "people of color" against whites. Homosexuals are divided against heterosexuals. "Child advocates" have divided children against parents and public schools against family. Education is used against religion and a common heritage.
Divorce laws have divided wives from husbands, as Jed Abraham makes clear in his new book, "From Courtship to Courtroom: What Divorce Law is Doing to Marriage." Women have been empowered to divorce at will and to expropriate the husband of income, wealth and children, regardless of fault. Our multicultural tower of Babel is divided by 350 languages. "Foreign" languages are no longer foreign in America. Neither is their broadcast. The multiple divisions that have shattered our society are not confined to debate clubs or sophomoric media rant. They are institutionalized in the laws of the land.
In our present legal system, the pilot of a Japanese aircraft that attacked Pearl Har bor is preferred over the U.S. sailor on whom the bombs fell in matters of employment, university admission, government contracts or commercial loan application. A recent immigrant who is a descendant of an African or Arab slave-trader enjoys the same preferment over the white descendant of an abolitionist of the Civil War era.
Americans have watched for three decades while federal courts and legislators overturned the equal standing of citizens in law. We now have "preferred" categories of people with special legal rights like the aristocrats of old.
Originally, liberal elites justified overturning our constitutional system in the name of more rapid integration of blacks. Today, integration has lost its political correctness. The new legal privileges are now justified in the name of ensuring multiculturalism - the opposite of assimilation. …