Americans have always embraced individual private expressions of different cultures. The Chinese who teaches his children Chinese, the Armenian who sends his child to an Armenian school, the Jew who makes sure his child becomes a bar-mitzvah -- all these people are honored by American society. But the American ideal has always been that no matter how attached an individual is to his particular culture of origin, every American citizen will identify as an American, united by one language in the public square.
The same week that the Democratic Party declared war on the American ideal, it further damaged America by having the largest state in the union, California, which the Democrats fully control, pass a law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's license. The driver's license is the de facto form of identification in our country. Thanks to the Democratic Party, now anyone who sneaks into this country from places such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan or Syria, can go anywhere and board any airplane just as an American citizen can.
The Democratic Party, for a pot of gold (Latino votes), is debasing American citizenship. Why become an American citizen if you can get a free education, free health care and a driver's license (with which you will be able to then vote) without becoming a citizen? Why identify as an American when this country officially celebrates your cultural identity at least as much as it celebrates American cultural identity? Why learn English, when America will do everything possible to make that language unnecessary to the vast numbers of Spanish-speaking immigrants, legal and illegal?
Because some readers confuse ideological attacks with personal ones, the obvious needs to be stated: There are many beautiful Democrats and there are many repugnant Republicans. But as a party, the Democrats are damaging this country more than any external enemy or ideology has come close to doing. If you are a committed leftist or a trial lawyer, it makes sense to remain a Democrat. If you aren't, for love of country, leave that party.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”
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