LOSING OUR COUNTRY BY LOSING OUR LANGUAGE: PART II
Michael Savage, a radio talk show host, often mentions maintaining "borders, language, and culture" as necessary to preserve any country. Itís important that we who are concerned about the immigration invasion should focus on the language portion of the immigration issue. Why? English is not a muddy issue such as the Ďpoorí invading our borders to work in America. People can focus on English as the language of the country and ask, "Why isnít English the official language of the United States?"
What keeps us united? Short answer: our common English language! Various groups such as US English have sought for years to get the Congress of the United States to pass a law making English the official language. But to no avail! Our own elected officials resisted doing what the vast majority of the people want ≠ English as the official language of this nation. The Spanish lobby fights for bi-lingual everything. That is their issue. Focus on expanding Spanish usage. Attack promoters of English as racist. On the other side, we who seek to preserve English as the language of the nation are distracted by the immigration news of the day. Our distraction is playing into the hands of the enemy. And be clear about this; La Raza, Mecha, Maldef and LuLac, all anti-American Mexican groups--stand as enemies against America as a sovereign nation.
If we do not make English the official and only legal governmental language in the US, we will find that the Spanish minority will become too strong and we will succumb first to a bi-lingual country (English and Spanish) and then finally to a Spanish language country as the immigration invasion from south of the border overwhelms us. English will die along with the country. The language and the country are linked. So why has English not become the official language of America? Advocates of English have tried reasoning with our representatives in Washington. Talking with these politicians has gotten nowhere. It is time to be dominant.
The Washington politicians including the President are isolated and insulated from the average personís experience with immigration and language. They are not affected by the illegal immigration invasion destroying the national parks or Indian reservations along the border with Mexico. They do not live next to the poor. They are protected now and in their retirement. They do not have to fear losing their job to an illegal immigrant.
Why focus on the language when there are so many other immigration issues? The reason is that if we can get English as the only official national language we can thus force the immigrant to learn English if he wants to deal with the government at any level. For example, any school district offering bi-lingual education would lose all federal funds. The federal government would not be permitted to fund any English language course except total immersion in English. If an immigrant wants a document written in his language, he has to pay for the translation, just as in Mexico. No more driverís licenses in languages other than English. We must become stalwart when confronting the politicians. We have been reasoning with them for years. What have they done for us? Nothing! The borders remain open, the language is under assault, and the culture is being depreciated as we are told that all cultures are equal.
Flooding the politicians with letters in support of one program or another will be met with various arguments and positions to remedy one problem or another. We have to focus on one issue that is English. Getting bogged down in problems related to English usage is irrelevant. There will always be another language problem that the Spanish lobby can present as to why bi-lingualism is necessary. We donít care about the problems individuals who come here have with our language. They came here willingly, let them learn English or leave. They have a responsibility to learn our language.
Most Americans still support English. Most Americans would agree that English should be the only national language. How long can we wait for the politicians to make English the national language? 10 percent or more of the population already speaks Spanish. In a few years that percentage could reach 20 percent. Do you think that as the number of Spanish-speaking people increases in America the politicians will listen to quiet conversations about why English should be made the national language?
Time is running against us. If we do not focus on the language we will lose the language as the Spanish invasion continues. Let us first establish English as the official national language and then go after closing the borders. We must focus on this issue and its implications for preserving the nation. Learning the English language is the first step in assimilation into the American culture. Remember this: if we lose our single language, it creates confusion, conflict, separation and finally, violence.
If immigrants are allowed to keep a foreign language they will keep a foreign culture. We have to force the school system to teach English as the national language. We cannot continue to permit schools to teach bi-lingual courses. If the immigrant knows that English and only English will be used in the schools (foreign language courses are exceptions), the immigrant will not expect to live in America without learning English.
So how do we get the Congress and the President to vote for, pass and sign English into law as the official language of the United States? Be forceful! No compromise! No discussion! No sympathy! This is America. We speak Englishónot Russian, Portuguese, Chinese or the other 300 languages out there. We respect those languages in their countries, but we expect English to be learned and spoken by immigrants in our country. We do not want to become a polyglot, bickering nation that canít understand itself. We must all speak and pull in the same direction. Itís the only way this Republic will flouish.
If English is not made the official language of this country we promise to vote against every elected official from dogcatcher to president. We will vote against everyone who holds any office in any village, town, county, state, as well as any national office including the President, himself.
The mayor has nothing to do with the language issue in Washington. So what. If the mayor is threatened to lose his job because of the English issue, he will put pressure on the national politicians to pass the English bill.
The national organizations that support English as a national language need to get together in a conference to plan a national campaign so people will understand what is at stake and why they should vote against all incumbents. They have to print the lists of incumbents so the people will know whom to vote against. Work with the League of Women Voters. Publish the lists on the Internet so that everyone can print the local list and give it to others.
As Immanuel Kant once said, "Language and religion are the dividers." If we allow multiple languages into the United States of America, we shall create the Divided States of America. No one wins and we all lose.
"America has been successful because we have become one people," Governor Lamm said. "There is a social glue of a common language, a shared history, uniting symbols that tie us together. We live under a common flag, which we honor and salute. We enjoy a common currency, laws, rules, weights, measures and all things that maintain our union."
"We can remember Cinco de Mayo as we do St. Patrickís Day and Oktoberfest, and we can buy more salsa than ketchup without endangering our national soul, but we must avoid becoming Hispanic Quebec or [Eurarabic France]. We must stay one people one nation," Lamm said. A vote for English is a vote for America. Write me for a 20-point plan to move toward keeping America a cohesive, viable and functioning nation.
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The national organizations that support English as a national language need to get together in a conference to plan a national campaign so people will understand what is at stake and why they should vote against all incumbents.