‘The quickest way to divide people is to have
them speak different languages. America has always been
a nation of immigrants, but one of the things that has always united us as a
nation has been the English language. In the past, it was always
understood that if you wanted to thrive in the "land of opportunity"
that you had better learn English and learn it well. Unfortunately, times
have changed. Today, many radical activist groups are actually referring
to the English language as a "tool of oppression" and are demanding
that special accommodations be made for those that do not wish to learn the
English language. But what languages are we supposed to
accommodate? Overall, there are 325 different languages
spoken at home in the
This debate can become very heated. The first thing that both sides should acknowledge is that everyone deserves to be loved and respected no matter where they are from and no matter what the color of their skin is. If someone speaks English that does not make that person better than someone who speaks Spanish and vice versa. Every single person on this planet is extremely valuable no matter where they come from and no matter what language they speak.
And the reality of the matter is that tens of millions of Americans speak Spanish as their primary language today.
All of us have noticed many of the changes that have occurred as a result.
you use an ATM in
If you call a customer service hotline, you can "press 1 for English" or "para español oprima dos".
many areas of
Big retailers in many parts of the country have also hopped on the bandwagon. The following is a photo sent to me by a reader of the interior of a Home Depot store....
is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to be helpful to your customers, but
are we eventually going to get to the point where almost everything in
Increasingly, radical activist groups are deciding that it is not right to expect that immigrants will attempt to assimilate into our culture. Instead, they are demanding that all of us must be willing to make special accommodations for them.
This whole "political correctness" thing has totally gotten out of control.
to Marta Jimenez, a lawyer for the
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, "the historical use
of English in the
A tool of oppression?
of the biggest areas where we are seeing this kind of activism is in the
education system. In some areas of
The consequences of not insisting that public school students become proficient in English have been very dramatic at times. The following example comes from an article by Mauro Mujica....
May, about 20 percent of the students at
these issues are not going to go away any time soon. Today, approximately
20 percent of the entire population of
the state of
The federal government certainly has not been helping matters. Illegal immigrants are much less likely to integrate into society, and the federal government continues to do very little to stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming into this country.
Meanwhile, legal immigrants (those that would be more likely to integrate successfully) have to go through paperwork hell in order to do things correctly.
Our entire immigration system is totally upside down.
Much of this article has focused on Spanish so far, but that is far from the only language that is becoming a major issue.
example, those immigrating from the
to the federal government, very large numbers of Muslims have been immigrating
members of your family may be taught Arabic in school. Don't think that
it can't happen. As the
next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in
So will we soon hear "press 3 for Arabic" when we call a customer service line?
Barack Obama issued a memorandum which authorized the admission of up to 80,000 additional immigrants during fiscal year 2011. Most of the additional "refugees" were from areas that were highly Islamic.
As their numbers grow, will they be willing to learn our language and our culture?
Most Americans do not realize this, but there is even a requirement that ballots in other languages be available on a nationwide basis.
So you don't even need to know English in order to be able to vote.
Unfortunately, those alternate ballots cost a lot of money to print up.
According to one estimate, providing bilingual and multilingual voting ballots nationwide costs close to 5 million dollars.
But it isn't just ballots that are the issue.
Executive Order 13166, which was signed by Bill Clinton when he was president, essentially requires that all federal agencies ensure that individuals with limited English proficiency have "meaningful access" to all services that they provide.
That means that millions upon millions of dollars is spent printing up forms and documents in other languages.
A recent CNS News article discussed one example of this....
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the government is working on including more questions about the health concerns of the LGBT community. The National Health Survey questions will be in multiple languages to “drill down on what are the specific health needs around the LGBT community.”
So is the federal government going to print up the National Health Survey in all 325 languages that are spoken in American homes?
If not, why not?
Don't all language groups deserve equal treatment under the law?
Hopefully you are getting an idea of how bizarre all of this can potentially become.
The truth is that if we could focus on just one language that might help our education system.
47 percent of all people living in the
if we allow other languages to become dominant in the
Theodore Roosevelt once made the following statement....
"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."
So what do you think about all of this?
Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below....