English or other languages?

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Postby Tom » Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:11 am

The concepts of socialism, communism and some form of democracy like our represented republic are interesting in the pure sense but one has to deal with reality. (Personally I feel that a blend of all the above is what we have and it has worked for 200 plus years.) On reality, language is interesting. Entire communities speak Spanish. Spanish is growing and could conceivably become the language of the majority of the people in the U.S. This indeed creates a dilemma. We could end up with a situation where English is the official language while Spanish is the language of the people. This hypothetical scenario reminds me of the Roman Catholic church in Europe when Latin was the official language though the people spoke German, French, Italian or Spanish but were not allowed to speak their native language in church. This is perhaps a rather weak analogy and subject to argument. However, the point being is that adapting an official language for the sake of protecting that language is contradictory to a government for and by the people. History will dictate what language(s) should be used by government. In a free country such as the U.S., the government must represent all of the people. The agrument as to whether or not protection of our constitution should apply to 'undocumented' or 'illegal' immigrants is an entirely different thread. Tom Tom
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Postby folkfan » Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:39 am

I'm voting for English as a national language. I feel that having one language unites a country. On my father's side we have about 9 different ethnic backgrounds, but one language that everyone learned. I'm not against people promoting a seperate language use in their own homes, but in the courts and seats of government, I would prefer one standard language. Just printing up the national budget in 2 or 3 languages boggles the mind. Shalom, FF
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Postby dingoII » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:18 am

If you are going to live here you need to speak the language for here, no one made everything in German for my fathers family when they came and no one made things easy for my husband either. He learned to speak english before he moved here, and German is like the second language in TX but he still learn good english. And here is another fine example why you need to speak english here! On the way to TX to pick up my horse, WD40 got hungry and pulled into a McDonalds south of Dallas, they had no parking for anything bigger than a toyota, so Ken stayed with the big truck and the long trailer that did not come near fitting anywhere and Ron and I went in to order the food, NOT ONE person working there spoke any english, it took us forever to get the order right and I really don't think it actually got right. I refuse to speak spanish to do normal everyday thing, in the United States because they are to lazy to learn to speak spanish. If the Panamaniums and the Guatimolians can learn then the mexicans can to!!!!!!!!
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Postby dingoII » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:21 am

Boy I am still a sleep from the trip I meant that I refuse to speak spanish because the are to lazy to learn to speak english.
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Postby DonB » Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:39 am

I got the following history fact in one of those emails that gets passed to everyone. The year they are talking about is 1906. Only 8 percent of the homes in the United States had a telephone. Can you imagine how many thousands of immigrants entered the US in that year and the following few years from many, many different countries? In 1906 you didn't have to dial 1 for English. It worked then and it should work now.
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Postby jnday » Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:00 pm

TJ, if you were talking to me about being in college... no, actually I'm not. I graduated in 2003, though I'm thinking of taking a year of Bible at the Word of Life Bible Institute as an adult student... possibly in the near future. We'll see. I think they might have constitutional history classes there but I'm not sure about that.
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