Friday, May 19, 2006

Was it Really Necessary to Vote on This !

(Via The Washington Post)

After an emotional debate fraught with symbolism, the Senate yesterday voted to make English the "national language" of the United States, declaring that no one has a right to federal communications or services in a language other than English except for those already guaranteed by law.

The measure, approved 63 to 34, directs the government to "preserve and enhance" the role of English, without altering current laws that require some government documents and services be provided in other languages. Opponents, however, said it could negate executive orders, regulations, civil service guidances and other multilingual ordinances not officially sanctioned by acts of Congress.

We've been speaking English in the United States of America for roughly 230 years. I speak it with a pronounced southern twang; my brother-in-law speaks it with a Cape Cod twist, but I think it is safe to say that we both consider the language we speak to be English. Granted, neither dialect is exactly the Kang's Anglish, [southern for King's English] but nevertheless it is English.

So if our national language is not English, then I wonder why it was used as the predominant language of discusion in the Senate debate on this most critical of issues? Did they draw slips of paper from a hat to decide which language to use before voting on whether or not English is the "official" language of the United States? Nope! They debated the issue using the English language and have in every Senate session in this country's history. Why? Because it is our official language. It is an absolute embarrassment to me that the United States Senate feels the need to vote on whether to call English our "national" or our "official" language.

This debate is nothing more than one of the many laces on the political football being tossed back and forth in the name of so-called "immigration reform". Well, the last time I checked, America didn't have a problem attracting people. Our problem is keeping track of the ones already here and stopping the flood that keeps flowing across our borders.

Stop making concessions and compromises that aren't needed and start taking action to stop the flow of illegals into our country. Make them earn the right to come here, and yes, make them learn our language.

That language is English. Now shut up and deal with it!

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