What The Turkish Referendum Tells Us About America

Culture is everything.

When a nation replaces individual rights and the rule of law with silly-hearted, value-free multiculturalism, freedom dies.

Last week’s terrorist attack in Paris, the sixth radical Islamic killing spree there in just the past three years, is another awful reminder of how this plays out in practice.

Trying to cure a sick culture is like being in the throes of Aetolian fever. By the time the symptoms show, you’re a goner.

So how do we give American culture a check-up as to our present ability to be both a free society and the greatest melting pot in human history?

Last week’s referendum in Turkey that codified Erdogan’s authoritarian rule into law was a useful stress test.

97% of Turks are Muslim. Turks living in Germany and the Netherlands, two countries that pride themselves on migrant friendliness, voted 63% and 70% respectively in favor of the referendum despite opposition from Officer Friendlies Merkel and Rutte.

By contrast, Turks in the United States, which isn’t perceived to be nearly so migrant-friendly particularly of late, voted 83% against the referendum.

The lesson for healthy living: acting like a doormat to dogmatic Islamists makes them more so, not less so.

The prognosis for American culture on this score: a long life ahead.