06.05.06

National language or freedom of expression

Posted in at 14:18 by RjZ

I’ll have more to say about English being our national language, but meanwhile, and in reference to my previous comments about the congress wasting time, let’s see what
Nick Gillespie, Editor in Chief, Reason Magazine had to say during an interview on the O’Reilly Factor:

I want to congratulate the senator [Lamar Alexander, who put forward the "symbolic resolution] because who knew that war in Iraq was over? Who knew that the out of control spending the Republicans have brought to Washington 11 years of budget control and that the saber-rattling by North Korea and Iran and other countries, it’s over. And we can spend time on a completely inane and asinine issue. To be talking about passing resolutions in a way even, especially if they’re nonbinding about what language people should be able to sing the national anthem or say the pledge after allegiance is ludicrous beyond belief. One of the great things about America is our First Amendment which guarantees political expression. Certainly the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem are political speech. And now you’re trying to say that only way can you be truly American is to say it in English, which the last time I checked was the language of our colonial overlord from a couple hundred years ago.

Thanks, Mr. Gillespie. And he got to rant on national TV too!

As I said here, there is a bright side. The more time the congress wastes on “asinine” issues the less they spend on asinine, or dangerous, laws.

By the way, see if you can read the comments in the linked article without laughing out loud at how much 1. people have no clue who Gillespie is (he’s no lefty) 2. how they use ad hominem attacks over and over again and 3. how convinced that any one who says anything about America (they mean the United States of America of course; Mexico is in America too…) is clearly a communist who hates the U. S. and even though he’s a third generation U.S. American he should go back. Guess what kids, if you’re born here, you’re a citizen. If Mr. Gillespie really doesn’t like the U.S. he can leave, but he is allowed to complain a little bit to improve it, isn’t he?

1 Comment »

  1. tim r said,

    June 28, 2006 at 15:15

    As my old bumper sticker back in the 80s read: “Chinga el Ingles oficial.”

    Back then, Colorado was voting on “official English.” I wrote letters to the editor urging that if it passed, we should rename the state from “Colorado” to “Colored.” Can’t have none that Spanglish stuff contaminating our lily-white vocabulary, can we now?

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