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English as the Official Language
e-mail ^ | June 3, 2011 | Randy Forbes

Posted on 06/05/2011 3:30:04 PM PDT by beejaa

"...the U.S. is one of less than a dozen countries in the world without an official language.

"Requiring the use of English does not mean that our society does not value the preservation of cultural heritage. However, the ability to communicate in one standard language in the workplace, in our schools, and in official settings not only improves our efficiency as we carry out our daily activities, but it more importantly builds unity among citizens and creates a sense of national pride. That is why I have consistently advocated for making English the official language of the United States.

"English Language Unity Act: I have cosponsored legislation, H.R. 997, which would establish English as our nation’s official language. This bill requires all official functions of the U.S. to be conducted in English, establishes a uniform language requirement for naturalization, and places an obligation on representatives of the federal government to encourage individuals to learn English.

"National Language Act: I have also cosponsored a bill, H.R. 1164, that requires that all official business, including publications, income tax forms, informational materials and public ceremonies where an oath is administered, to be conducted in English. This bill also repeals bilingual voting requirements."

(Excerpt) Read more at thomas.loc.gov ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: english; officiallanguage
This is part of an e-mail that I received from Randy Forbes, R-VA-4th District. The source URL will take you to H.R. 997. Also see http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:hr1164:/ for H.R. 1164, the National Language Act.
1 posted on 06/05/2011 3:30:09 PM PDT by beejaa
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To: beejaa; GSP.FAN
AMEN!!!

~240 years overdue, not that the Founding Fathers in their wildest, nastiest nightmares envisioned what would become of the country they formed.

The Tower of Babel concept didn't/doesn't work too well...

2 posted on 06/05/2011 3:35:53 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: beejaa

Should have been done 100 years ago. I’m sick of hearing that Spanish is a necessity these days. It’s a crock.


3 posted on 06/05/2011 3:37:28 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

So you really think that the good old “Estados Unidos” finally will figure that out untill its too late?


4 posted on 06/05/2011 3:40:34 PM PDT by darkside321
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To: beejaa

In Washington state, you can get your voter’s pamphlet in one of a dozen or so languages.


5 posted on 06/05/2011 3:41:28 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: beejaa
This is part of an e-mail that I received from Randy Forbes

What seems to have prevented you from posting the whole thing?

Why have you chosen to direct traffic away from Free Republic for no reason?

6 posted on 06/05/2011 3:41:49 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: darkside321

When at a bank machine I always make a loud statement in front of everyone, “What do you mean do I want to speak English?, I’m in America you ass-xxxx”.


7 posted on 06/05/2011 3:44:02 PM PDT by AGreatPer (May 21 end of world canceled, Friday nights at Walter Reed continues)
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To: irishtenor

>In Washington state, you can get your voter’s pamphlet in one of a dozen or so languages.<

That’s nothing. Here in mexifornia, when you come in for the written test, the clerks have the gall to ask you if you want it in English or the language of your choice. It’s in more than 50 GD languages or dialects..


8 posted on 06/05/2011 3:45:25 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: max americana

Austrian, too? Or did they remove that language recently?


9 posted on 06/05/2011 3:50:50 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: irishtenor

Hey how dare you to remove Austrian? ;-)
Just because of the fact that not a single person in this world does speak this “language” does not mean that it should be removed :-)


10 posted on 06/05/2011 3:54:19 PM PDT by darkside321
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To: beejaa

This should be considered a liberal bill. The Founding Fathers decided not to have an official language. I am sick of this,
“living, breathing Constitution,” crap. It’s just another excuse to stomp on the Founding Fathers.


11 posted on 06/05/2011 3:55:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: GOPsterinMA
Last time it came up for a vote to make English the official language it was voted down primarily by liberals, that alone should tell you something. I strongly believe in enhancing and furthering anything that unites us and reject everything what divides us. I also believe, if you are incapable or not willing to learn the language, you shouldn't be here in the first place. By the way my mother tongue is German but prefer English as I feel it is much easier.
12 posted on 06/05/2011 3:57:52 PM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: beejaa
I am American.

I call my bank.

I am an American calling my own bank.

The teller says, “Do you wish to speak English?”

No! I wish to speak ‘Andory’ from the tribe of Andour. From southeast west Africa.

13 posted on 06/05/2011 4:05:32 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: saintgermaine
By the way my mother tongue is German but prefer English as I feel it is much easier.

Interesting. I've always thought that English must be fairly easy; otherwise, it wouldn't be the "world" language.

We don't have grammatical gender; we don't have noun declensions; our verb conjugations are fairly simple (compared to French, and the Spanish conjugations are even more difficult). In fact, our major hurdle seems to be spelling, which is only semi-phonetic.

14 posted on 06/05/2011 4:11:48 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: saintgermaine

Last time it came up for a vote to make English the official language it was voted down primarily by liberals, that alone should tell you something. I strongly believe in enhancing and furthering anything that unites us and reject everything what divides us. I also believe, if you are incapable or not willing to learn the language, you shouldn’t be here in the first place. By the way my mother tongue is German but prefer English as I feel it is much easier.


But save your german for ranting!
There is nothing like hearing a good old german rant.
(The german language sounds like it was just made for this ;-)
btw. I do agree if you are willing to live in the US you should learn the language or get the hell out.
Of course this could be said for every country.


15 posted on 06/05/2011 4:13:55 PM PDT by darkside321
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To: beejaa

English isn’t even the official language of England.


16 posted on 06/05/2011 4:16:20 PM PDT by Vanders9
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To: saintgermaine

God Love You!!! FANTASTIC POST ! ! !

My grandfather came from Italy as a penniless 14 year old. He learned English and even changed his name to sound “more American”.

From what I’ve been told (he died decades before I was hatched) he forbade anything but English to be spoken in his home. He believed if you’re here, you speak English, period.


17 posted on 06/05/2011 4:26:37 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Si Senor.


18 posted on 06/05/2011 4:40:24 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: beejaa

Dream on. I pick my wife up from work as an RN. When I wait near the entrance, I almost never hear English. Of course, I live in Mexico.

Well, it is called Arizona, but the public schools here teach that it SHOULD be Mexico...


19 posted on 06/05/2011 4:51:05 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: 353FMG

¡MUY BUENO!


20 posted on 06/05/2011 4:52:14 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Gracias Senor.


21 posted on 06/05/2011 4:59:52 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 240B

Do you withdraw pesos?


22 posted on 06/05/2011 5:07:42 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

De nada amigo.


23 posted on 06/05/2011 5:29:42 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: beejaa

I donate regularly to a group called “U.S. English’’, an organization pushing to make English the official language in America. Hard to believe we’d have to do this but there it is. You can thank Bill Clinton and the Dems for this. In one of his last official acts Clinton somehow got language called a ‘’civil right’’ and so H.R.13166 became his gift to the nation. This House Resolution made it law that just about every foreign jabbering illegal/legal alien has to have a government appointed translator at taxpayers expense.


24 posted on 06/05/2011 6:11:23 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Sacajaweau

A nation’s currency is a nations language and ours is printed in English, reason enough Hispanics should learn it. It isn’t to be paid in their own currency they’re here for. I’m sick of hearing Spanish too. The reason people flee Mexico, Central and South America is because Spanish is spoken there. Should say all there is to make English the official language. BTW. The official language of the island Madagascar is English.


25 posted on 06/05/2011 6:20:07 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: irishtenor

You don’t know the half of it. Did you know that your policemen must advise people of their legal rights in their native language if their english isn’t up to snuff? I know that there are all kinds of cops that speak Tagalog, Ukrainian, Mandarin Chines, etc.


26 posted on 06/05/2011 6:52:16 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Thanks beejaa. Issues to run on and win with:
  1. Unemployment.
  2. Deficits (due to Obamacare and "stimulus" which doesn't).
  3. Foreign policy (attacking allies, cozying up to jihadists).
  4. Energy self-sufficiency.
  5. Illegal aliens invasion (build the fence!).

27 posted on 06/05/2011 7:00:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: beejaa

English should be the official language of government, with one exception. I would allow ballots and what not in Spanish only to people born in Puerto Rico only. A result of our unique relationship with the island. As per private business, its none of the governments business.


28 posted on 06/05/2011 9:11:16 PM PDT by gusty
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To: humblegunner

Here is the beginning that I left out plus what I posted. I cut it just to get to the point. I directed people to the bills because the bills were the point of my post. I don’t have an address to the e-mail. How was I directing traffic away from Free Republic? I don’t get it.

“Building Unity Among Americans
English is the official language of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Nigeria, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is not, however, the official language of the United States. In fact, the U.S. is one of less than a dozen countries in the world without an official language.

“Requiring the use of English does not mean that our society does not value the preservation of cultural heritage. However, the ability to communicate in one standard language in the workplace, in our schools, and in official settings not only improves our efficiency as we carry out our daily activities, but it more importantly builds unity among citizens and creates a sense of national pride. That is why I have consistently advocated for making English the official language of the United States:

“English Language Unity Act
I have cosponsored legislation, H.R. 997, which would establish English as our nation’s official language. This bill requires all official functions of the U.S. to be conducted in English, establishes a uniform language requirement for naturalization, and places an obligation on representatives of the federal government to encourage individuals to learn English.

“National Language Act
I have also cosponsored a bill, H.R. 1164, that requires that all official business, including publications, income tax forms, informational materials and public ceremonies where an oath is administered, to be conducted in English. This bill also repeals bilingual voting requirements.


29 posted on 06/06/2011 10:49:39 AM PDT by beejaa
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To: gusty

Gutsy wrote: “English should be the official language of government, with one exception. I would allow ballots and what not in Spanish only to people born in Puerto Rico only. A result of our unique relationship with the island. As per private business, its none of the governments business.”

If we allow that for Puerto Rico, how about New Mexico (which originally included Arizona), whose leaders in Santa Fe, during the Mexican-American war, decided they’d get a better deal from Washington DC than Mexico City and didn’t fight the Americans? General Kearney was quite interested in making sure property owners in New Mexico didn’t get abused, and American citizenship was automatically extended to New Mexico residents unless they specifically renounced it and wanted to remain Mexican citizens.

And what about ballots in Native American languages?

While there may be important symbolic benefits in making English the national language, I’m not sure this is something that can be legislated effectively on the national level. As much as I dislike certain things being done by some of our states, such matters as voting rights and driver’s licenses are matters for the states, not the federal government, and I don’t think we want to have the federal government any more involved than it already is in trying to tell states how to run their elections.


30 posted on 06/06/2011 9:43:31 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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