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Friday, May 19, 2006

No Official Language In A Free Country

Yesterday the U.S. Senate exercised a mockery of freedom as they voted 63-34 to make English the national language. Senators who led the effort said it would promote national unity.
But critics argued the move would prevent limited English speakers from getting language assistance required by an executive order enacted under President Clinton. So the Senate also voted 58-39 to make English the nation's "common and unifying language."
This is a travesty and is clearly unconstitutional. It is nothing more than political pandering to the basest elements in society, driven by racism and xenophobia.
"We are trying to make an assimilation statement," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of two dozen senators who voted Thursday for both English proposals.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., disputed charges that making English the national language was racist or aimed at Spanish speakers. Eleven Democrats voted for his measure. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo, offered the alternative. The only Republican to vote solely for Salazar's "common and unifying" language option was Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico, whose home state's constitution prohibits discrimination on basis of inability to speak, read or write English or Spanish.
We should not even be talking about English as the “official” language when so many “real” Americans can’t speak or write grammatically correct English. The worst offender in the public eye is our chief executive, President George W. Bush. See below for a few examples of Presidential language gaffes:

"Will The Highways On The Internet Become More Few?"
"In My Sentences I Go Where No Man Has Gone Before."
"I Know How Hard It Is For You To Put Food On Your Family."
"I Hope You Leave Here And Walk Out And Say, 'What Did He Say?'"
"If Affirmative Action Means What I Just Described What I'm For, Then I'm For It."
The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution is printed here below. It says nothing about the freedom of speech applying to any particular language.

Amendment I - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.



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