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Should Fluency in English be a Requirement for Political Office?

February 7, 2012
da Tagliare, Godfather Politics

America has long been known as the melting pot of the world.  It is made up of people who came here from virtually every nation on earth, and they’ve all brought their native language with them.

Our Founding Fathers knew that languages would be an issue and that they needed to decide on one official language to be used for all government and commerce.  Benjamin Franklin pushed for German as it is one of the easiest languages to learn while English is one of the harder languages to learn.  Franklin found himself in the minority and the decision was made to make English the official language of the United States of America and the language to be used in government and commerce.

With that history in mind, let’s turn our attention to the American southwest which has been overrun with Hispanics, both legal and illegal.  Many Hispanics are conscientious enough to learn English to help them live in English speaking America.  On the flip side there are thousands of Hispanics who appear to have no desire to learn English and expect the local, state and federal government to bow to their pressure to print everything in English and Spanish.  This has resulted in significant costs to government entities that can ill afford such spending in a dismal economy.

Over twenty years ago, one of the southwestern states passed an English only law with over 70% of the popular vote.  It only took one liberal judge to ignore the direction of the people and the Founding Fathers and declare the English only law to be unconstitutional.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 9mmhipchick permalink
    February 8, 2012 2:46 pm

    Sould have read the rest of the article. She has only been here for 10 years. Is she a legal citizen because if you are not you cannot run for Mayor anyway. I do not see the issue of her legality arising here anywhere.

  2. 9mmhipchick permalink
    February 8, 2012 2:42 pm

    How about the woman running for Mayor in Arizona who does not speak english. She graduated high school did they not teach English in that school?

    So the hypocrisy is she did not care to learn the English language so now she is paying for it.

    The Supreme Court of this once beautiful state which is now a sanctuary for illegal aliens was in the right. You live in my country, you go to school in my country she abide my countries language of ENGLISH.

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