Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Messiah Speeketh

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.

You know, it's embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe, and all we can say [is], "Merci beaucoup." Right?

Because we all know people love the French...

"They'll learn English." So sayeth Obamessiah, so let it be. Reality, meet Barry. Barry, meet Reality. Have you been to a large city with a significant immigrant population? Every sign in immigrant neighborhoods-every freaking one, people, it's amazing-is in a language I can classify as "Not English."

English is the glue that holds this country together. Immigrants aren't asked to learn that-or our cultural values-and that's part of what is fraying our society. Look at Britain, France, Germany, and the trouble they have with unassimilated immigrants. I watch riots in Paris, no-go zones in London, and terrorist cells in Berlin. There but for the grace of God go we.

Nobody opposes foreign language classes. What we oppose is being told we are the problem. I guess we're bitterly clinging to our language now. And this guy wonders why we question his patriotism after he says stupid things like that.

Edited to Add: I don't apologize for speaking the lingua franca that is English. It's as though someone should have been embarrassed for being a native Latin or Greek speaker during the height of their empires.

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