An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama lamented legislative pushes to make English the official language of the United States and said Americans should instead focus on making sure their children learn Spanish at a recent campaign stop.
“I don’t understand when people are going around worrying about, we need to have English only. They want to pass a law, we just, we want English only,” Obama told supporters in Powder Springs, Georgia on Tuesday. “Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English, I agree with this. 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.”
Excuse me? The likelihood of my “child” going to live in a foreign land, especially a SPANISH speaking one, are slim to NONE! May I ask why, pray tell, why she should have to learn Spanish?
At a Democratic primary debate Obama said he voted against it because “This is the kind of question that is designed precisely to divide us,” he said. He also called the issue a “distraction” a word he commonly uses to describe controversial issues. Obama remarked, “When we get distracted by those kinds of questions, I think we do a disservice to the American people.”
No, you ignorant feckless weasel, a common language would UNITE us. What you, and your lackeys want, is that great division.
Honestly, I don’t give a flying flip what you speak at home. However, when you are living here, out working in the real world, you damn sure better be able to speak the language of the land. In this case, that would be ENGLISH!
I’ve had relatives who didn’t speak English, I didn’t expect them to. They didn’t come here to live, just visit. (Skill in charades comes in real handy.) I lived in Thailand for a bit. I learned to speak a smidge of Thai. If I had lived there any longer, I would be expected to be almost fluent. That’s what people do.
We have people coming into this country from south of the border, some legally, a good chunk – illegally, who NEVER bother to learn the language. I remember reading a news story about a woman who had lived here a large portion of her life, finally becoming a citizen. Peachy. The problem? SHE NEVER BOTHERED TO LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH!
When the Mr and I use to travel to Mexico on vacation, we both knew enough Spanish to get by, shopping being the main activity. Since our intension is to NEVER return to that country until boundaries can be set, I don’t think this will be an issue in the future.
B. Hussein, and his ilk, will eventually divide this country so much, that one day, Spanish may become our official language. This must be stopped! NOW!