Obama Makes Sense: English Only Is BS

From Obama:

You know, I don’t understand when people are going around worrying about, “We need to have English- only.” They want to pass a law, “We want English-only.”

Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But understand this. Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English — they’ll learn English — you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language.

Of course, he’s right. Immigrants will learn English and assimilate as they always have, despite what Michelle Malkin and her ilk might think.

Snip

You know, no, I’m serious about this. We should understand that our young people, if you have a foreign language, that is a powerful tool to get a job. You are so much more employable. You can be part of international business. So we should be emphasizing foreign languages in our schools from an early age, because children will actually learn a foreign language easier when they’re 5, or 6, or 7 than when they’re 46, like me.

I’m fortunate enough to speak a second language, and that ability certainly has opened a lot of doors for me professionally.

Perhaps more imporantly, it has opened me up to cultural enrichment. When I travel in the Spanish-speaking world, it’s easy to make friends who invite me into their homes and who teach me far more about their countries than I would have ever learned without their help.

But too many Americans seem to have a fear of learning and hearing foreign languages.

On the learning side, I understand that learning a foreign language is difficult. To learn to speak a language, well, you need some immersion, some studying, and a lot of patience. It’s not that hard, it just takes some time and practice.

But on the hearing side, I am often disturbed by the attitudes of many Americans.

Lynn Samuels, an alleged liberal talk show host on Sirius left regularly informs her listeners about how upset she gets when she hears people speaking Spanish. She’s a PUMA, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. She also likes to blather on about herself.

I was reminded of Lynn last week when I was buying groceries. Upon entering the store, I saw a lovely family that I took to be Indian. They seemed to be having a good time and they seemed to be happy.

But while I was squeezing some peaches, an old white guy stepped next to me and said something about “them people” learning English. I pretended not to hear him and moved on the the arugula section </snark> and the same guy again tried to speak to me. He said something about “them people” needing to get the hell out. I ignored him again and went about my business.

It seems that among the Lynn Samuels and guy from the supermarket crowd, it’s a sin to not speak English.

I don’t get it.

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One response to “Obama Makes Sense: English Only Is BS

  1. It’s not “a fear of learning and hearing foreign languages”. All immigrants who came here before learned English as part of becoming a citizen.

    America’s history and laws are in English. Our founding fathers debated, took notes and finally penned the Constitution in English. The Bill of Rights and all our laws are in English. That in itself dictates English is the language of America.

    Legal immigrants of the past came to America to be Americans. Now it’s more politically correct to insert your race, country of origin or religion before being an American. Such labeling should not be acceptable to anyone truly wanting to be an American. We should all be one people Americans.

    No other groups of legal immigrants came to America and demanded America’s laws and government documents be rewritten in their homeland languages. No other group of legal immigrants raised their tattered & tainted “homeland Mexican flags” in such numbers during immigration protests DEMANDING American citizenship! That outraged many Americans. Break The Law Then DEMAND?

    No other group of legal immigrants came to America and tried using her Constitution to change America’s language, her laws and way of life to mimic their corrupt homeland. That has all changed.

    One of the most obscene and disturbing aspects of the present attack & invasion on the American way of life & her laws, is Most of these immigrants have ignored and broken America’s immigration laws. In America, if you break the law, you are a criminal. You are not illegal, not undocumented and surely you should not be entitled to use America’s other laws for your benefit. But they do!

    Our public officials have adopted a “pick and choose the laws we want to be enforced” and “ignore the laws you don’t like” mentality for criminal immigrants. Why isn’t optional law enforcement available to all legal immigrants or American born citizens? Where is the equality?

    America welcomes legal immigrants who respect her laws and cultures. It’s a privilege for all of us to live in America but it comes with responsibilities. It’s become very clear a pattern to change America has developed. Americans must react to attacks on our culture viciously, but we don’t. Perhaps we should learn from the millions of Muslims worldwide who react with outrage at the slightest criticism of their religion. A united voice gets results.

    The words “America, love it or leave it” should be resonating at the top of our lungs all across America. That was the vision of the future for America our founding fathers had and it should be ours too. If we don’t react, our history, our country and our way of life will definitely disappear.

    Mexican leaders cry racism when ever America tries to enforce her laws. Given their corrupt government they’ve become laughable! They jail “illegal immigrants” in their country! They use armed military to protect their southern border.

    The list of “Can Not Do’s” for legal immigrants is Outrageous, yet No One criticizes Mexico! A US lawmaker said it best while visiting S. Miami. “It looks like a 3rd world country! Restaurants have signs for tourists, “We speak English”!

    South LA has been that way for years. So when you hear “English should be the official language of America, the above are “Only a few of the reasons why”!

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