Finally, we have a world leader with the courage to stand up to the failed ideology of multiculturalism, the doctrine popular mainly in the faculty lounges of Western universities that espouse the virtues of diversity, egalitarianism, and cultural relativism. Of course, all of this is cover for anti-Western animus, particularly of the anti-American variety. And this is not simply an academic exercise; it has real world consequences, primarily in the notion of more or less unlimited immigration policies without assimilation that threaten national identities and cultures. So, thanks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who recently opined that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “failed, utterly failed”, and for having the courage to relate the truth that there should be no immigration without assimilation, which begins with learning the native language.
In a much “edgier” manner, a similar message has been consistently delivered by Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party of the Netherlands, in language much more pointedly intended for the encroachment of Muslims in his country. The issue here is whether Muslims should have special provisions, such as elements of Sharia law, enshrined in Dutch law. The foundational doctrines for this notion are informed by the same multicultural ideology and the outcome will have impact far beyond the Netherlands. In fact, it should occur to us that we need to begin identifying political leaders with courage similar to that of Ms. Merkel and Mr. Wilders.