Newspaper column: The path to mandated diversity leads to an absurdity

When you boil it down to its fundamental essence, what she is proposing is an affront to democratic principles and an absurdity.

Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who picks up the liberal agenda from where Harry Reid left off, stated in a recent interview with Politico, “We should be mandating diversity in our committees, mandating diversity in our hiring practices, mandating diversity throughout the United States Senate.”

She later is quoted as saying, “You just have to walk in the room and look at the senators that are there — the 100 senators, right? You could see the lack of diversity.”

In response to this inanity, the editorialists at the Las Vegas newspaper asked the next logical question: “Does Sen. Cortez Masto seek a constitutional amendment to replace the democratic process with a federal quota system to ensure the ‘proper’ distribution of pigments and chromosomes in the nation’s highest legislative body?”

How do you determine successful diversity? Do you know it when you see it, as Cortez Masto apparently does — just like the way Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said he could spot pornography: “I know it when I see it”? Or can it be precisely calculated? How can one determine when one has succeeded in achieving the lofty goal of diversity?

The chief absurdity is how to explain what is “proper” diversity. Equal amounts of certain properties, traits, characteristics and proclivities? Or matching the current distribution in the population of those characteristics? For that matter, is that distribution fair? Or is it merely a quirk of fickle fecundity?

If one were to demand that “proper” distribution of chromosomes, a Senate that is half male and half female would have only 50 Y chromosomes and 150 X chromosomes. Hardly diverse.

Even if the first elected Latina member of the U.S. Senate, as both the Politico interview and the newspaper editorial pointedly observe, is talking about skin pigments and/or ethnicity, that too gets to be a mathematical absurdity.

Are we going to return to the days when states like Louisiana had a law on the books that stated any person with so much as 1/32nd black heritage was, ipso facto, black? Or does one pure bred ethnic person equal two mixed race persons? Should the ratio of black, brown, yellow, red, white and other pigments match the population from the latest census or extrapolate for changes in the future? May a person identify as any race or gender or sexual orientation they choose? Or would that upset the diversity quotient?

And what about IQ levels? Should the senators and their staffs be required to match the median IQ of the nation? For every staffer or senator with an IQ of 130, you’d need to hire or elect someone with an IQ of 70. (Uh, we may already have.)

What about age? The median age of senators is 62. The median U.S. population age is 38. Seems clearly to be a lack of diversity. And that tacky constitutional requirement that a senator has to be at least 30 years of age certainly flies in the face of the all-important diversity objective.

Also, aren’t there too many lawyers in the Senate and not enough hod carriers?

Lumping people into categories and pigeonholes for the sake of achieving a counterbalance for some past perceived affront or discriminatory behavior is itself discriminatory, counterproductive and contrary to democratic principles.

By the way, the Politico interview was conducted for a section called “Women Rule Podcast.” Not very diverse.

And isn’t there a bit of hypocrisy in demanding diversity while engaging in blatant stereotyping?

At one point the “Women Rule” interview reports: “There is a tendency for women to over think things, right? And so we think, ‘Oh, can I really — if I decide to run for office, am I qualified? Do I have the educational experience? Do I have the background? Do I have the ability?’” Cortez Masto says. “And I will tell you, there are men who look at the same office and say, ‘Well, how much does it pay and let me jump in and see.’ I think we need to do a better job of talking with women to say, ‘No, you don’t need to do that analysis.’”

May we be so bold as to point out that each of us is a minority of one, and that not all members of every group think and act alike. Diversity mandates are futile, insulting and ultimately absurd.

A version of this column appeared this week in many of the Battle Born Media newspapers — The Ely Times, the Mesquite Local News, the Mineral County Independent-News, the Eureka Sentinel and the Lincoln County Record — and the Elko Daily Free Press.

12 comments on “Newspaper column: The path to mandated diversity leads to an absurdity

  1. robertleebeers says:

    If you bring up the subject of Affirmative Action with a liberal present you will either be subjected to a lecture on how the white race still oppresses the blacks, the browns and nearly every other “minority”. Walk into any government office and you will see what the push for diversity through affirmative action has done, the white hire has become a token hire “for diversity’s sake”. Merit, in the eyes of a liberal is now considered an expression of hate. A business that hires the best employees they can without regard for any other factor other than the ability to do the job will quickly find itself under attack from all sides because of its “unfair hiring practices”.

  2. Bruce Feher says:

    Everyone is an individual! When professional politicians like our new Senator demands diversity she insults all of us.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Let’s play two”!

    Its funny that in the few days since a version of this story first appeared here, we had arch conservative’s testify in front of Congress about discrimination saying that it was acceptable for the federal government to fund discrimination.

    I guess in the face of conservatives proposing that the federal government can fund discrimination, for a democratic senator to suggest that we should be trying to overcome discrimination isn’t so bad morally speaking.

  4. The various government entities have been discriminating for years…and it is usually those of the Christian faith who have received the blunt end of the hammer blows. What the progressive Stalinist left fails to recognize is…we have a case of competing constitutional rights. The Christian’s rights were written into the Bill of Rights by the Founders. The gaystapo’s rights were found to be “Constitutional” by unelected judges in the “whispers and meadows of the penumbra” of those great documents nearly 240 years later. Diversity doesn’t need the government’s help…it’s happening all around us everyday!

  5. deleted says:


    Any chance you could cite the provision in the Bill of Rights where “Christian Rights” exist as opposed to non-Christians rights?

    Dang man….seriously?

  6. Why was I censored? I tried to post a comment twice and it just disappeared?

  7. I have no idea. I think WordPress is sometimes a bit buggy.

    If there are a lot of links, WordPress will ask me to approve, but I’ve had no such messages.

  8. Steve says:

    Happens sometimes to me too, WordPress seems to post it but it doesn’t show up. If I back up, the text I posted is in the box and if I copy it and try again WordPress tells me I already posted that comment.

    Also, sometimes, I find comments are posted but it takes a while to show in the recent comments.

  9. It was a reply to he who must not be named about the first amendment…with one link to a Prager University short video by Dave Rubin entitled “Why I left the left.” What I said was: I was making a narrow point in regards to your (deleted) assertions. Of course the First Amendment was to protect people of all faiths and those who have no faith from the heavy handed iron fist of the government. This short clip focuses on my point. You can Bing or Google “Why I left the left” by Dave Rubin (Prager U)…it’s shows how the progressive left has actually become the “regressive left.”

  10. There’s more than one way to skin a cat…

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