From the article:
Britain's John Stuart Mill spent a good chunk of the nineteenth century pondering the question. His conclusion, in Considerations on Representative Government, was that "free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities." As Mill explained:
Among a people without fellow-feeling, especially if they read and speak different languages, the united public opinion, necessary to the working of representative government, cannot exist. ... A portion of mankind may be said to constitute a Nationality if they are united by common sympathies which do not exist between them and other others — which make them cooperate with each other more willingly than with other people.
It is good that we're finally debating assimilation, national identity and what they mean for representative government. But a serious discussion requires that we first clear the myths out of the way. We don't have to go down the multicultural path of the past three decades.
I have been saying for years that assimilation is the problem. Allowing immigrants who are seeking freedom and want to assimilate into the American culture are welcome. Immigrants who simply want to live here to take advantage of our economy and standard of living and the freedom our society offers but don't want to become "American" are not welcome. If they want to maintain their old culture and societal norms, and they are incompatible with American norms, they should stay in their old country.
I pay attention to a guy named Dennis Prager. He is a radio talk show host. He is a conservative Jew and right-leaning American. He says the biggest problem in our society today is that we have not passed on the American societal norms to our children. If we are having trouble passing these norms on to our own next generation, how the heck are we going to assimilate people from other cultures?