This commercial attempted to ruin one of my favorite American pastimes: watching baseball. During this 30-second ad, the product being pitched, Bud Light, was hardly mentioned. In fact the entire commercial could have been filmed without beer even featuring at all and the message would have been the same. That message being that America is for everyone, and that we should all down cheap fast food with a tall glass of tasteless beer.
Who better than two liberal Jews and a Hispanic to tell all of us that America has never been rooted in any particular ethnic, racial, or religious group? Seth Rogen, a Jewish comedian, specializes in dumb comedies about smoking marijuana. He describes his parents as “radical Jewish socialists” for whom communism was “not a terrible word.” Amy Schumer is also Jewish, and a second cousin once removed from cultural Marxist, pro-abortion, and anti-gun NY Senator Chuck Schumer. She has made her reputation with lewd, sexually explicit humor. Michael Peña is a Mexican actor born in Chicago who practices the cult of Scientology, which also numbers such luminaries as Tom Cruise and John Travolta. His career has consisted of remarkably forgettable films.
Peña, introduced as a “Bud Light Party superdelegate,” begins by telling us that America is a “nation of immigrants.” This catchphrase of course means that America has no particular ethnic core comprising its populace; when people come here for whatever reason and no matter their cultural and religious identities, they can and should be accepted as Americans. This sentiment is as commonly established as it is utterly nonsensical. If a “nation of immigrants” is a nation in which everyone has come to a particular geographic locale from somewhere else, then every nation is a “nation of immigrants,” since all lands were at some time unpopulated, and everyone descends from people who have traveled from elsewhere. An Englishman could conceivably trace his ancestry in England back several centuries before the invasions of other people from Northwestern Europe, but even these people migrated to England from somewhere else. If America is a “nation of immigrants,” then by definition all nations must be “nations of immigrants,” and this means that America is not distinct from other nations in any way whatsoever. The logical conclusion is that nations don’t really exist in any meaningful way, since there is nothing concrete to distinguish one from another. This might seem too deep for the subtleties of a 30-second ad, but the message still comes across loud and clear for anyone who really thinks about the implications of what is being said. While the thrust of this ad is supposed to look patriotic, the end result of the ideas promoted in it would lead to the abolition of America as a distinct and sovereign entity.
The commercial then proceeds with a bunch of silly metaphors about who “we” are. Postmodern America is said to be a “smörgåsbord of cultures,” a “Korean taco of togetherness,” “an everything bagel of unity,” a “poutine of harmony,” and a “gumbo of coexistence.” All of this is to say that America has no distinct culture and certainly no unique cuisine of her own. We should all eat mass-produced “ethnic food” derived from other peoples and cultures that we can buy at food tents and fast food restaurants and chase it down with Bud Light. The old America that our grandparents knew, where Mom cooked wholesome and satisfying recipes passed down from her mother’s mother, is just so boring. The new multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, and religiously pluralistic America is so much more vibrant and exciting! So crack open an ice cold Bud Light and enjoy whatever Murikan sports team you root for, which is of course the only allegiance that matters.
These are the values promoted in modern mass culture, so detested by traditionalists in ages past. That the modern atheistic, Talmudic, and secular Left should be promoting the “nation of immigrants” trope isn’t surprising at all. That the same mindset is currently predominant among ostensibly conservative Christians is. Most Christians today have no problem whatsoever as identifying America as a “nation of immigrants” and lauding the great benefits that diversity has to offer. Christians aim to rival pop culture celebrities in promoting the postmodern virtues that this commercial encapsulates so well in a brief clip. We are told not to be conformed to the image of the world (Rom. 12:2) and that if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 Jn. 2:15). It ought to be clear to any Christian that America has turned and is turning her back on her once godly and Christian heritage. Why is it that our Christian ancestors were so committed to opposing ideas like the ones expressed in the commercial above? And why is it that the values of tolerance, diversity, and universal inclusion have only become accepted in our post-Christian culture? Could it be that our “racist” forebears really weren’t that bad after all? Perhaps they knew something about Christian culture that we have forgotten!
In having discussions on a variety of topics, including Christian teachings as they pertain to race and culture, I try to point out the historic Christian consensus against the “values” of tolerance, pluralism, and anti-racism, while at the same time pointing out the worldly nature of these postmodern ideas. Many times this results in non-Kinists suggesting that they are ignorant of pop culture and so they don’t really know what Hollywood, corporate America, or MTV are spouting. Sometimes non-Kinists will even acknowledge that they are aware of this convergence between their own ideas and those of pop culture. This is often dismissed as God using sinners to achieve His purposes, like those who claimed that God used a plagiarist, adulterer, and communist like Martin Luther King to promote the “civil rights movement” because “civil rights” as it has been understood since the 1960s was obviously God’s will. This juxtaposition of the purportedly Christian Right and the Pop Cultural Left is becoming more and more difficult to ignore. There ought to be no mistaking the motives of those promoting the agenda of the commercial above. The goal is the destruction of traditional American culture, moral values, Christian faith, and ultimately America herself. The Christian Right is simply playing the part of useful idiot. Alas, they don’t make conservative Christians like they used to…