LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND COUNTRY
May 16, 2011
Have you noticed dozens of languages being spoken by citizens and illegal aliens in America? Do you feel the disrespect and the separation? Do you feel violated? Are you angry that new citizens and illegal aliens disrespect us so much that they refuse to learn our language? Have you heard the growing Spanish speaking TV and radio stations across the USA? Do you feel like your country is being stolen from you along with your language? Do you feel the confusion it creates?
It’s much worse. Former President Bill Clinton created Executive Order 13166 which is an un-legislated multilingual policy that requires all government agencies like the IRS, Social Security Administration, the INS, Department of Transportation, the Department of Justice, and others to print all documents in foreign languages and provide for non-English speaking people. It costs you millions of your taxpayer dollars to service foreigners who came to our country but will not honor that privilege by speaking English.
Over 329 languages are spoken in the United States making it impossible for all minority languages to be represented in such sectors as government, education and health care. Further, it creates separation and balkanization when you can’t speak to fellow Americans.
The cost of Executive Order 13166 in the healthcare sector alone stands at a staggering $267 million of your taxpayer dollars annually. In the last California governor election, over a dozen languages were represented on the voter ballot. Whose country is this anyway? Who is paying for it? YOU!
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm said, “A nation is much more than a place on a map. It is a state of mind, a shared vision, and a recognition that we are all in this together. A nation needs a common language as it needs a common currency. America has been successful because we have become one people. 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.”
One scholar, Seymour Martin Lipset said, “The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. France faces difficulties with its Basques, Bretons and Corsicans.”
Lamm said, “Some people say Switzerland is an example of a successful bilingual country, but that claim does not survive close scrutiny. Switzerland has divided its geography into three separate areas, each of which has a common and dominant language—French, German and Italian.”
Immanuel Kant said, “Language and religion are the dividers.”
Why is EO 13166 a bad deal for Americans? It’s an outrageous rip-off for an American taxpayer as well as an administrative nightmare. It’s a monstrous burden to healthcare officials and a major injustice to immigrants. It will destroy national unity and our culture. From the melting pot, we are becoming a battle ground of language confrontation and conflict.
Cost? Hold on to your hat: Welfare/food stamp costs at $21 million for translators. Congressional Budget Office estimates costs at $150 million annually. Health care is $180.8 million for multilingual out-patient services, $78.2 million for multilingual in-patient services, $8.6 for multilingual emergency room services.
Taxpayer money funneled into Medicare is being diverted to pay for requirements to provide interpreter services. It’s killing doctor time with patients by forcing them into longer sessions with so much confusion. And, those illegal aliens are not paying for medical services. Taxpayers are!
But what about you? How do you feel about your country overrun by those who refuse to speak our language? How do you feel about your kids suffering a dozen or more foreign languages in their classrooms? It dumbs down the entire educational process for your kids. In Denver, Colorado where I live, 50 languages are spoken in our public schools. Consequently, 50 percent of the potential graduating class flunks out or drops out every year for the past five. The classroom chaos is so horrific, one in five Denver teachers quits or transfers every year. At North High School in Denver, they’re lucky if they can get half the 1,400 students to attend class each day. How do you think your kids suffer when someone that cannot speak English?
Four factors were required to make this Republic viable and the greatest success in the history of the world:
We have enjoyed a highly educated population.
2. We have a similar moral code which everyone follows.
3. We maintain a similar ethical standard for all citizens.
4. We have sustained one standard language so we can debate together and move forward together as a people.
Ladies and gentlemen of America—we are losing all four factors. If you look around you, we are losing the cohesive thread of our society at over four million legal and illegal immigrants annually. They are not assimilating nor are they speaking our language. The obvious result of that will be much like the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel. Once everyone couldn’t speak the same language, they argued, fought and separate into different factions. You’re seeing the same thing happen with blinding speed in America.
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We must mandate that English is the only official language of America and that it is the only allowed language for all official documents, schools, voter registration, driver’s licenses and everything else. We need citizens who can read, write and speak English. We must demand it for citizenship. It matters little if you speak a dozen languages, but, if you’re an American, you speak English.
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