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English as Official Language

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Paul3144, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Paul3144

    Paul3144 Active Member

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    Do you support States making English their official language? What about the Federal government?
     
  2. mandym

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    Yes and yes
     
  3. Paul3144

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    Where does the Constitution give the Federal government the authority to declare an official language?
     
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    Why not make Spanish and English the national languages?

    One good reason English will not be made the official language is that too many politicians need the Hispanic vote to remain in office. These men and women will not affront these voters ... so IMHO it is pretty much a dead issue.

     
  5. webdog

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    That is the perception, bust the vast amount of illegals cannot vote anyway.
     
  6. Salty

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    Interesting point - however Congress could declare English as the official lanuage for US official govt business. The States or Commonwealths could decide which lanuage (s) they would want for themselves.

    And I do support English as the offical lanuage
     
  7. tinytim

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    NO. Within a few yrs, English will be the minority language.. Let's make Spanish the official language.
     
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    Si y si!! However, I doubt if either one will actually occur.
     
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    About 50% of states already have some type of official language laws on the books.

    The U.S. could do it with a Constitutional amendment with the usual exceptions for health and public safety needs and I believe the states would ratify it easily.

    Liberals have so far been successful at not allowing this popular legislation to get through Congress.
     
  10. lilyvalley

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    Are you saying that most hispanics are illegals? This maybe a case of to much Hannity and Rush!!
     
  11. Salty

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    or is that what you people to think he is saying.


    what web said was "That is the perception, but the vast amount of illegals cannot vote anyway.!!"

    Actually Web is wrong. NO illegal alien is allowed legally to vote. And besides many illegals are NOT hispanic!


    but since Mexico shares a land border with the USA,then Common sense would only didicate that many illegals are Mexican.

    disclamer - It is understood that many liberals may not understand the concept of common sense
     
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    It just wasn't very clear. And I think that we should crack down on illegals, but there is so much profiling that takes place. We have to be careful we don't assume that someone is illegal simply because they are hispanic.
     
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    Is there a reason why the US needs an official language? Does it really help?

    In Ireland there are two official languages - Irish and English. The primary language is Irish, but the country functions in English. Driving tests are given in Irish, English, and Polish. My guess would be that more tests are given in Polish than Irish. Most government documents are available in English, Irish, and Polish. The only document that I really know of that is only in Irish in the certificate for naturalised citizens.

    I guess I don't understand why this is such an issue.
     
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  14. Matt Black

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    Primary official languages here are English and Welsh, with Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic and Ulster Scottish also recognised as indigenous tongues. But besides these, official publications and notices (eg: doctors' surgeries, hospitals, other public buildings) have a plethora of languages used by immigrants: Polish, Turkish, Punjabi, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, etc
     
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    English and French are the official languages of Canada, but we do try to accommodate all languages. There are also dissidents in both official languages.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  16. David Lamb

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    If English were to be formally adopted, would a results include anglicizing all those non-English place names, like Tallahassee, Frankfort, Baton Rouge (would that becaome "Red Stick"), Des Moines (Of The Monks?), Topeka, Pierre (Peter?), Bismarck, Cheyenne, Santa Fe (Holy Faith?), Boise (Woody?), and Sacramento (Sacrament?)? :laugh:
     
  17. NiteShift

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    You left out Harlem (Dutch), Chickamauga (Cherokee), Natchez (well, Natchez).

    In the past, new Americans learned to speak English and there was no need for bilingual workers at the DMV, and you didn't have to choose your language when you called a business. We as a society are increasingly having to accomodate a population that wants us to adapt to them instead of the other way around. Or at least that is the perception. Thus the calls for English as the official language.
     
  18. exscentric

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    "Is there a reason why the US needs an official language? Does it really help? "

    It would cut costs in translaters being required for government offices, dual printing costs, Spanish language teachers etc. It would also help in law enforcement. Couple of Spanish speakers were injured due to them not understanding commands from officers.
     
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    English has become the international language.
     
  20. InTheLight

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    Ditto.......
     
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