Editor’s Note: Originally published November 2013 at The Roots of Liberty. Somehow, somewhen, without consulting the rest of us (hat tip to George Carlin), the intelligentsia decided that the nation would no longer be a “melting pot,” where people who wanted to come here would be expected to embrace American culture while mixing theirs in. In its place, they want something akin to a zoo, where different cultures and ethnicities, foreign and home-grown, would be maintained in an original or distinct form, so that everyone else can observe and, I suppose, learn. The buzzwords of the day are “diversity” and “multiculturalism,” but have you ever noticed that those buzzwords are one-way streets? That it’s OK, even preferred, that the immigrants from “diverse” cultures don’t observe, learn from, and adapt to our baseline American culture?