This is a discussion on What's the country coming too? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by AlexHassin Where am I giving up anything? In fact I like having distinct communities and the fact that there disappearing saddens me. ...
Reminds me of Teddy Roosevelts speech that was posted on another thread. Sorry, I don't have the link. To paraphrase. We are a melting pot of a lot of different cultures. To be an American you must assimilate to the American way of life, speaking only ONE language. ENGLISH.
Don't tread on me or mine.
I am comfortable laying on a rock in the sun; bothering no one. If you choose to ignore the above statement, you will wish all you had to do, is deal with a snake.
That's what I keep thinking, and I've had it on my mind for quite a while now. I don't like it, and we're getting away from our principles and foundation. Proof of the sinking foundation is our current elected president. Legally, or illegally, this should have never happened if we were serious about patching any holes in the foundation. I'm afraid we'll never recover now. We need a contractor to set things straight now. The whole story? The country's becoming what we stand by and let it become while we whine about what's gone wrong in the past, but still yet stand by watching the downward spiral. One of these days, there will come the point of no return. In my opinion, we're very close to that now. Matter of fact, we're on the edge. There's always hope. The more that hope, the better for us all. illegitimi non carborundumWhat's the country coming too?
You should read Roman History my friend. The Roman Army was almost completely made up of foreign mercenaries at the end of the Empire.
When I was in school all the letters that were sent home had an english and a spanish side. I thought this was a ridculous waste of time and money.
As far as I can remember, the majority of America has spoken english so why shouldn't it be our national language? How is a society supposed to come together and bond and share ideas if they can't even understand one word the other is saying? I also hate having to skip past channels because they are in spanish, I know its petty but its annoying.
If you immigrate to America and you feel that your language is a necessary part of your culture to keep with you, then speak it at home. The whole country should not have to cater to people that are unwilling to speak a language that the rest can understand. If I were to move to a different country I would learn to speak their language, not only to be able to communicate but out of respect for their country.
In France, they speak French. In Germany, they speak German. Should America be any different? If I go back to visit Mexico I am expected to speak Spanish. That's how they roll. When in Rome.....
*I tend to say we speak American as the dialect is different than European English as well as spelling.
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You guys are missing the real point. How can the Army train someone that doesn't speak English? Do they get special treatment? Even worse, what happens when they get to a line unit, how many people will get killed when this person doesn't follow orders given in English? Do platoon leaders and NCOs have to be bilingual now?
It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
I wish I could post a pic to show what me and mine think of this.
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Forgetting the whole National guard ad thing, it probably was a mistake. I used to work at a TV station, so I know things do get aired by mistake. But, making this country a conglomerate or persons not required to know, speak, read and write one common language costs everyone money. How much does it cost to print every set of instructions in 4 or more different languages and who do you think pays for the extra costs? I'm all for different ethnic groups or nationalities, including Native Americans, being allowed to keep and converse in their native languages. After all, isn't that a form of freedom of speech?. However, since the majority in this nation seem to be English speaking(or at least the Americanized version) , everyone should learn the language. If for some reason, congress or King Obama decrees that our national language is Spanish, Chinese, German, Navajo, or any other languageI will do my best to learn it. Maybe we should have Navajo as our national language. After all, they were here first.
Everybody in America has had families that were immigrants at some point but they had to learn to speak ENGLISH. Today I don't know if it is laziness or just stubbornness to not speak English. It is like we have to bend over backwards nowadays to appease people that are new immigrants for fear of the people scream discrimination. My wife worked at a bank while in college and the bank had to hire Bosnian speaking people to deal with the customers. Once there were two men in line speaking to each other and of course my wife couldn’t understand them but one of the translators knew what they said and told my wife, she kicked them out of the bank. They were making rude comments about my wife’s chest and what they would do with her.