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Monday, May 22, 2006

English is Spoken Here

By Dennis Byrne

The second dumbest statement in the debate over Senate legislation establishing English as the national language came from Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), who said it was needlessly divisive.

Wait. A law that unifies a country under a single language is divisive? What kind of logic is that?

Perhaps Salazar's statement is symbolic of just how contorted our national debate has become under the directives of multiculturalism. Consider the reasoning: We can't pass a law that helps bring us all together under a common language because it will drive us apart. We can't say that we will understand each other better when we speak the same language, because that will only worsen our misunderstandings.

If it were only Salazar, we could ignore this mindlessness. But Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed that it was divisive, and "mean-spirited" to boot. (This would put Reid in a second-place tie with Salazar for saying the dumbest thing, but Reid managed to lap the field and win going away by calling legislation to affirm the pre-eminence of English "racist.")

Dennis Byrne is a regular contributor to realclearpolitics.com. Read full column here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Right on...
the path to the American dream is through learning English.
To think that making english the national language is racist, it's denying your heritage and a slap on the face of our ancestors. Harry Reid & the Salazar's of the US senate/house ought to be ashamed of themselves. Furthermore, these people are an embarrasment to the nation.
Respectfully,
Marcos Rios (a legal immigrant)
Verona, WI