I depart from many conservatives--or conversely from many liberals as well--in that I don't think nefarious motives are often in play, if ever, in the crafting of social or economic policy. I don't think liberals wanted blacks to be screwed over by Social Security, for instance. I don't think liberals wanted (mostly because I don't think liberals could comprehend them) the terrible outcomes wreaked by their social welfare policies. I take on face value that liberals, like conservatives, want to do good things and make our lives better. It's just that it usually doesn't work out that way. Possibly never.
To this many liberals will reply that we have more today than before, live longer lives, and so on. But there is a deceit at work here. It strains logical thought to consider how, after borrowing trillions from our unborn heirs to live beyond our means today that we wouldn't have these things. But this doesn't make our lives truly better since it comes at someone else's cost. We are, in a real sense, thieves. And thieves aren't good.
What may be an exception for me is multiculturalism. I think the people who concocted this Balkanizing scheme knew full well that their goals, if achieved, would do little to improve anyone's life and would instead create a great deal of social friction. And along the way, all too often, the means to achieve those goals have come on the backs of lies, from everything like "I, Rigoberta" to claims that Affirmative Action isn't a quota-based system. Sorry, but the author of "I, Rigoberta", if you didn't know, made it all up. And hiring goals applied to timetables with penalties for missing both ends up as nothing less than quotas, no matter how much you stamp your feet in opposition.
Catering to people in their native languages is wrong. They came to America for a reason, and we should not try to replicate the conditions of the places they left. And it's worked brilliantly in the past. Poles, Italians, Russians, you name it, came to America, set up shop, so to speak, in little conclaves, and began to assimilate into the broader American culture. Some in the first generation never learned English well, or at all, but their kids did just fine, and by the third generation many only spoke English, and did it better than many native born Americans. They had their parades, and everyone was enriched by this addition to our culture. Same with their food, religion too. But they all became American, and for the vast majority--I dare say all in fact--they were American before they even landed in America.
A local area elementary school has, today, students who speak 57 different languages. And we cater to them. It's tragic. In Los Angeles students with Hispanic surnames were placed without parent request or even permission into ESL courses despite them, in a great many cases, not knowing a lick of Spanish. And when asked to put their kids in English-speaking courses they were told no. We literally had to pass a ballot measure to stop these schools, and upon passage teachers rallied in opposition with dozens saying they would refuse the order of the people who had just voted. We were so intent on forcing people to be different because we pretended it was good. I guess it flows from the utterly empty phrase that "diversity is what makes us strong". The same people who trumpet that crap run an educational system in the USA which is totally unbalanced, meaning undiversified, to the left, and they see no problem there.
My suspicion is that the actual multicultural goals were motivated by two things, neither of which is honest or good: America is a bad place and full of bad people, and liberalism thrives where strife and crisis are present. Had it confined itself to the idea of teaching that blacks, or Hispanics, or American Indians, or whatever, made a variety of contributions which are valuable to America, then nothing could be wrong about it. But that isn't what happened. We are instead taught something entirely untrue as if it is true, and it's why Mr. Obama said other people in other countries feel their nation is exceptional just like Americans do.
We are taught that no culture, no economic system, no legal system, is better than another. And it's flat-out wrong. You don't need to be a political scientist, or economist, or sociologist, to see why it's so wrong. Just look at the numbers of feet trying to get into America compared to those trying to get out. America is better. It is exceptional. And trying to make it less so is a very bad thing for not only America, but for the world as well.