James Hohmann wrote something recently that has stuck with me: “When they look back a century from now, historians will likely write that immigration and health care were the defining issues of our time.”
I think he has a good point. Passing Obamacare was a serious uphill climb for Democrats and ever since then, it has been the focus of attacks from Republicans. That front is relatively quiet right now, but the Trump administration continues to try to undermine our access to health care with things like allowing states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. On the other hand, if/when Democrats win back the presidency and gain more influence in Congress, we’re sure to see efforts to build on Obamacare.
Right now, immigration is front and center. Behind Trump’s blathering racism, the topic is stirring up some deep questions about what kind of country we’ve been and what we want to be in the future. Along those lines, Jonah Goldberg asks, “What if diversity isn’t America’s strength?” Anyone who knows the author will be suspect about his conclusions from the get-go. But for those of us who do consider diversity to be a strength, it is a worthwhile endeavor to check our assumptions. So let’s take a look at what he has to say.
Goldberg makes three arguments. The first is a question of whether or not diversity is always a good thing. As an example, he suggests that diversity in height wouldn’t be good for basketball. If our only goal in life were to win basketball games, he would have a point. But the truth is that I don’t care how tall my doctor is, or the author of my favorite book, or the IT guy who fixes my computer. In real life, we need people to diagnose and treat our ailments, just as we need art and people with technology skills. That’s where diversity comes in to play.