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The idea that diversity is one of the countrys great strengths is now so firmly rooted that virtually anyone can evoke it praise it and wallow in it without fear of contradiction It has become one of the great unassailably American ideas like democracy patriotism the family or Martin Luther King The President of the United States glories in diversity In May 1995 in a message recognizing the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo William Clinton said The Fifth of May offers all of us a chance to celebrate the cultural diversity that helps to make our nation great A few days later when he designated May as AsianPacific American Heritage Month he said With the strength of our diversity and a continued commitment to the ideal of freedom all Americans will share in the blessings of the bright future that awaits us In his 1996 speech accepting the nomination for President he asked the audience to look around the hall and take heart in how varied the Democratic party was In his 1996 Columbus Day proclamation he said The expedition that Columbus began more than 500 years ago continues today as we experience and celebrate the vibrant influences of varied civilizations not only from Europe but also from around the world America is stronger because of this diversity and the democracy we cherish flourishes in the great mosaic we have created since 1492 Appeals to diversity are not just for domestic consumption In a 1996 speech before the Australian parliament President Clinton noted that both the United States and Australia were becoming increasingly diverse and added And yes we Australia and America can prove that free societies can embrace the economic and social changes and the ethnic racial and religious diversity this new era brings and come out stronger and freer than ever Hillary Clinton feels the same way In February 1995 she spoke to the students of
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