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LOSING OUR COUNTRY BY LOSING OUR LANGUAGE: PART I

 

 

 

By Frosty Wooldridge
December 27, 2004
NewsWithViews.com

"Push one for English, push two for Spanish and Three for Arabic" a benign voice offers you over the phone when you call businesses.

Before long, you’ll hear, "Press one for Russian, two for Vietnamese, three for Korean, four for Hmong, five for Swahili, six for Moroccan and seven for Eskimo."

Before you push the button for your language, you probably wonder whose idea was it to change English the language of America into different languages? How long can we maintain a cohesive, united and viable country without the ability to talk among ourselves?

In his brilliant piece in the Rocky Mountain News, former Colorado Governor Lamm said, "A nation is much more…It is a state of mind, a shared vision, a recognition that we are all in this together. A nation needs a common language as it needs a common language as it needs a common l currency."

With competing languages, no nation on earth enjoys peace within itself. The scholar Seymour Lipset said, "The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate re histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy. Canada, Belgium Malaysia, Lebanon—all face crises of national existence which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. France faces severe difficulties with hits Islamic immigrants now numbering five million who are not assimilating.

Some say Switzerland is an example of a peaceful nation with three languages, but a closer examination shows a divided geography of French, German an Italian.

In America’s California, you already have seen the cracks breaking apart a once solid educational system in that state.

"The common people ­ the poor, the dirty, the lice ridden, the cockroaches are advancing on the United States. "A country that needs to speak Spanish because it has 33 million Mexicans who are imposing their culture," declared the Mexican novelist Elena Poniatowska. "Mexico is recovering the territories yielded to the United States by means of migratory tactics." From "Abolishing Our Borders" by William Grigg in The New American, October 8, 2001.

In his article, "The Long Count", FrontPageMagazine.com of February 24, 2003, Allan Wall writes, "In the past, Hispanic immigrants sought to assimilate … But that is more and more difficult for immigrants who arrive today, recipients of affirmative action and government services in Spanish. Allan Wall asks, "What’s to be done?"

"Designate English as the official language of the country. Scrap bilingual education, bilingual ballots. The president should revoke Executive Order 131665, which guarantees foreign language service to anyone who demands it. All government business should be conducted in English."

"English is under assault everywhere in the country. We have heard of the ESL programs. Why do we promote English as a Second Language in this country? Implicit in the title is the idea that the immigrant should keep the language of the country he came from as his FIRST language. Today the threat is from the Spanish language. Tomorrow it could be Arabic or Chinese. If immigrants who speak Spanish do not want to learn English, they should immigrate to Spain."

A sad example of the confusion of our immigration and language policies was reported in The Denver Post on Tuesday, July 6, 2004. The article is entitled, "Espanol on patrol." "…a quarter of residents speak little or no English," in the Aurora neighborhood called Little Mexico.

"It creates almost a philosophical problem," said Todd McCart, a District 1 patrol officer. "Do we have a responsibility to learn enough Spanish to communicate with them? Or, because they’ve chosen to come to an English-speaking city in America, do they have the responsibility to learn English to communicate with us?" There should not be a problem: if you came to live in America, learn English; if you go to live in Mexico, learn Spanish. Aurora is trying to solve the language difficulties by allowing volunteers to ride with the police as translators. But because immigrants no longer think they have to learn English in an English-speaking country, we encounter this sad example, a small woman in an oversized gray sweatshirt was complaining that officers trying to arrest her 16-year-old son had pushed her.

"I tried to tell them, ‘Speak Spanish, speak Spanish.’ But no, only English, I don’t speak English. I speak Spanish," the woman complained through Martinez. Miguel Martinez was an interpreter.

"Notice the attitude of this lady," the police said. "She complains because we do not speak her language. She’s in this country, why doesn’t she learn English? In a medium sized town in the East a similar incident occurred in the workplace where immigrants from the former Yugoslavia were told after a year of employment that they had to learn some English.

The next day they went to the supervisor and gave her a bilingual dictionary so she could learn their language. This anti-English attitude is prevalent: the English speaking American citizen should accommodate the immigrant who does not speak our language."

I can easily produce a thousand examples. I just list those above as an introduction.

The trend in language is against English proficiency. Why do immigrants no longer need to learn English? In a nutshell: diversity and multiculturalism. The government promotes the equality of foreign languages with English in its support of bi-lingual education, government publications for use inside the US printed in foreign languages, voting ballots in languages other than English.

The language issue is part of the immigration issue. Everyday we are confronted with articles in the news related to immigration, legal and illegal. Everyday various views presented, various problems examined, various hardships related with appeals for understanding and sympathy.

For most of us, if you are like me, we read the latest article on immigration, become angry and frustrated and wonder why the government does nothing.

Surely if we write to the politicians they will listen to reason. But then don’t they already know of these immigration issues? Of course they do, but they too are distracted by the continual flow of news and the attempt to keep up with it all.

Our enemies are not distracted. They are focused on their goals of open borders, unlimited immigration, a multi-lingual society and culture; in short their goal is the demise of the English-speaking culture of the United States of America.

Michael Savage, a radio talk show host, often mentions maintaining "borders, language, and culture" as necessary to preserve any country. I suggest that we who are concerned about the immigration invasion should focus on the language portion of the immigration issue. We need to close the borders for a 10-year moratorium and mandate all literature in American be presented in English. Either that or lose our country as surely as the Tower of Babel.

Part II: What happens if the Mexicans demand their language becomes our national language?

© 2004 Frosty Wooldridge - All Rights Reserved

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Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents in the past 26 years.

He has written hundreds of articles (regularly) for 17 national and 2 international magazines. He has had hundreds of editorials published in top national newspapers including the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Albany Herald and Christian Science Monitor.

His first book, "HANDBOOK FOR TOURING BICYCLISTS" by Falcon Press is available nationwide. His second book "STRIKE THREE! TAKE YOUR BASE" by the Brookfield Reader published in January 2002. His bicycle books include "BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD."

His latest book. ‘IMMIGRATION’S UNARMED INVASION—DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.’

Frosty Wooldridge has guest lectured at Cornell University, teaching creative writing workshops, magazine writing at Michigan State University, and has presented environmental science lectures at the University of Colorado, University of Denver and Regis University. He also lectures on "Religion and Ethics" at Front Range College in Colorado.

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Our enemies are not distracted. They are focused on their goals of open borders, unlimited immigration, a multi-lingual society and culture; in short their goal is the demise of the English-speaking culture of the United States of America.