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No Habla English
Our country catering to people that don't speak English.
I’m a Democrat. But I side with Republicans on a number of issues. So, I don’t want this little rant to make me sound like one of those radio talk show hosts I hate.
When I was in the DMV the other day, I was handed a form on a clipboard (note to self: if I ever have a son, don’t name him Clip). I was a bit confused at the first question. After 10 seconds of trying to figure it out, it occurred to me why. The form was in Spanish. I walked back up to the window (and interrupted another person being helped), to ask for a form in English.
My question is…why are we spending money to have forms printed in another language? Seriously. Think about the waste of trees, and money, this is.
Now, I’ve heard people like Bill O’Reily go on about driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, and other topics. I’m not even going there. I’m simply saying…if you CAN’T READ English, you shouldn’t drive. Even if you are here legally.
I can give you a few reasons why. You won’t be able to read signs. Sure, you’ll know what “stop” means because it’s red. But, what about a sign telling you “slow down, construction zone ahead.” What if an officer pulls you over, and you can’t understand them, and vice versa? Does this now mean we have to hire people that are bilingual just for scenarios like this? Apparently it does. My stepbrother is a teacher, and he’s lost jobs to people simply because he wasn’t bilingual.
Now, there’s controvery that emergency calls that went out during the fires were English only. Well, duh! Should they have been in Swahili?
Here’s a cliché I hate to use. I can’t believe I’m even going to type it. If you are in America, you have to learn to speak and read in English, if you want the various privileges that come along with living in this country.
Listen, I can speak English, Pig Latin, and a few dirty words in various languages (long story). But I wouldn’t move to France and want to live there, assuming everyone is going to have forms in my native tongue. In fact, that’s one place where I’ve heard from friends, if you don’t make the effort to speak their language, they’re extremely rude.
I know. Rude people in France. Go figure.
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- Finding friendly Ukraine — Sept. 21, 2014
- No Habla English — Feb. 6, 2008
- Battle of the Tongues — April 27, 2000
- Why your ATM machine keeps asking if you speak Spanish — Nov. 20, 1997
- San Diegans face off on value of ESL — Dec. 13, 1979