English as the Official Language

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Unkotare, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Unkotare
    Online

    Unkotare Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Messages:
    68,156
    Thanks Received:
    5,336
    Trophy Points:
    1,815
    Ratings:
    +14,917
    Rep. Steve King of Iowa spoke yesterday in support of a bill he introduced a year ago to make English the official language of the US. As most probably know, we do not now have an official language.

    Michigan Rep. John Conyers gave his rebuttal in less-than-perfect Spanish.
     
  2. Jackson
    Offline

    Jackson Gold Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2010
    Messages:
    21,785
    Thanks Received:
    5,305
    Trophy Points:
    290
    Location:
    Nashville
    Ratings:
    +15,018
    I find it silly that English is not the official language of the US. And we can't get an Act of Congress to make it so.
     
  3. Katzndogz
    Offline

    Katzndogz Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Messages:
    65,658
    Thanks Received:
    7,425
    Trophy Points:
    1,830
    Ratings:
    +8,359
    It would mean a huge savings as government documents no longer have to be translated into dozens of languages.

    Having English as the official language woudn't really prohibit speaking another language, the effect would be to stop accommodating the literally hundreds of languages now accommodated.
     
  4. High_Gravity
    Offline

    High_Gravity Belligerent Drunk Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2010
    Messages:
    40,159
    Thanks Received:
    6,893
    Trophy Points:
    260
    Location:
    Richmond VA
    Ratings:
    +7,737
    Not having English as the official language just gives people an excuse not to learn it.
     
  5. Unkotare
    Online

    Unkotare Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2011
    Messages:
    68,156
    Thanks Received:
    5,336
    Trophy Points:
    1,815
    Ratings:
    +14,917
    There would, of course, be Constitutional challenges to such a law in terms of due process and equal protection.
     
  6. rightwinger
    Online

    rightwinger Award Winning USMB Paid Messageboard Poster Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    Messages:
    136,499
    Thanks Received:
    21,923
    Trophy Points:
    2,190
    Location:
    NJ & MD
    Ratings:
    +56,785
    If English became our official language.....

    The lady behind you in the supermarket would still be yelling at her kids in Spanish
    The guy at the gas station with a turban would still blabber to his buddy in Pakistani
    You would still have to press 1 for English

    All it does is force some obscure government forms to be printed in English
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  7. sfcalifornia
    Offline

    sfcalifornia Silver Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    2,276
    Thanks Received:
    490
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Ratings:
    +496
    America always has been and always will be a melting pot of cultures and races and languages. I'm proud of the fact that we don't have an official language. It should always be that way.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 2
  8. The Infidel
    Offline

    The Infidel EVIL CONSERVATIVE

    Joined:
    May 19, 2010
    Messages:
    17,252
    Thanks Received:
    3,170
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    AMERITOPIA
    Ratings:
    +3,175
    So whats your problem with it?



    Here is my problem with the established system...


    [​IMG]
     
  9. ClosedCaption
    Offline

    ClosedCaption Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Messages:
    51,704
    Thanks Received:
    6,427
    Trophy Points:
    1,830
    Ratings:
    +19,633
    I find this whole issue silly.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  10. ClosedCaption
    Offline

    ClosedCaption Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Messages:
    51,704
    Thanks Received:
    6,427
    Trophy Points:
    1,830
    Ratings:
    +19,633
    Ahh then it goes from "just go get an ID...It's easy"

    To

    "Just learn English...it's easy"

    Meanwhile most Americans cant speak English worth a dam either
     

Share This Page