Discussion in 'Politics' started by Bonnie, May 19, 2006.
Says Harry Reid!!
Whatever happened to the phrase "When in Rome..."
If you're going to live HERE, speak the f*cking language.
I think we see here another glaring example of just how out of touch Democrats like Reid really are with the American people.
Exactly--It'll make a great sound bite when the "coalition" to clean up the illegal alien problem starts to fall apart.
I think Senator Reid might well ask himself why it is that out of the millions of immigrants to our country, all have managed to deal with driving, medicines, etc., without every sign, warning, label being in their native tongue? If we go to Mexico, Japan, China, France, Italy, are all the 'important things' going to posted in English also? Press 2?
Why just the Spanish speaking? Are they unable to 'get English?' I know for a fact they can, 1/3 of my students are currently Hispanic, mostly 1st or 2nd generation. Their parents care enough to make them attend a non-bilingual school.
Harry Reid is the current poster boy for the true lunatic fringe.
I don't think we should have an official language...I don't think it is terribly racist, but enough so that it should be opposed.
We all know the origins of our country. Many people from many places gathering here to start a new life. It is certainly to one's advantage to learn english, but there should not be an 'official language'.
It follows the same lines as declaring white the official race, or christianity the official religion. It implies a sort of 'right' and 'wrong'. It belittles those who do not speak English, when really they should be allowed to speak whatever the hell they want. As long as you understand the constitution and the laws that govern this country...feel free to speak as the heart desires.
An 'official language' is not what this country is about. America was created as a place where people could do their own thing, and live not governed by some 'official culture' (for example, England had an 'official church' that the puritans looked to escape).
I guess one must ask with this diatribe, what do you think an 'official language' means?
Sure, let them "speak as the heart desires" 'till the cows come home, I don't care, and no one's stopping them. But don't use our tax dollars to make signs, forms, special tests, etc., in the language of their desire.
Btw, I just heard on TV that 90% of Americans want English to be the offical langauge of our country. Hardly a "fringe" group.
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