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When we should march as one

Recently conducted Federal government-commissioned research suggesting that commemorating the centenary of Anzac Day may be divisive in light of our “multicultural” society, poses more questions than it answers.

Who exactly came up with the idea of spending $370,000 of our money on a focus group into this subject? Who made up the focus group? Why, do the intellectually deficient subjects of this focus group, believe that remembering our fallen might offend anybody? How many of the recent immigrants that will supposedly be offended by our commemorations were polled?

The answer is, it doesn’t really matter because the glaringly obvious result of this so-called research is emphatic proof that the concept of multiculturalism has failed, as it should have. The very notion that we as a society should make constant adjustments for every individual who decides to avail themselves of our hospitality whilst being ever so reluctant to insist that they make allowances for the prevailing culture, is ludicrous.

The hand-wringers of the left will label such comments as racist. They’ll howl about inclusion. They’ll probably even deny the existence of any uniquely Australian culture. And they’ll be wrong. Rejecting multiculturalism doesn’t and never has meant that you can’t eat Chinese food or watch intellectually arrogant French cinema. The problem is that we’ve been sold a pup. We’ve been fooled by a sleight of hand that conned us into believing that a vibrant, diverse, cosmopolitan yet unified culture was a bad thing and that multiculturalism - that is creating a series of ethnic and cultural silos at the expense of an all-inclusive Australian identity was the way to go. We’ve also been harangued into believing that any attempt to question this policy is racist or xenophobic. We’ve been told that every ethnic group who sets foot on our golden sands doesn’t have to integrate into Australian society - instead they can make their own arrangements.

The irony of this recent insult is that the very men and women whose memory we commend on ANZAC Day fought and died on foreign soil protecting the very same cultural entitlements for the inhabitants of far-away lands, that we are now told we shouldn’t have.

This April 25th, I will rise before the sun and honour all who gave some and those who gave all in the service of this great country. And I don’t care who it offends, because those that we celebrate on ANZAC Day deserve at least that.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.

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I totally agree! I was all ranty this morning and blogged about it too. IMO ANZAC Day should never, ever be messed with. By anyone.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnieb25

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