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The American Tower Of Babel: Built, Funded, And Maintained By The Left [Updated Below]

14 February 2012 @ 14:17

The issue of whether English should be made the official language of The United States has popped it’s head out of the whirlwind of American life again like it periodically does. I’ve read and seen in mentioned in several quarters. Representative Steven King has filed a bill, the ‘English Language Unity Act’ [HR 997], ‘which will enshrine English as the official language of the United States’ [tip of the fedora to Smitty]. He believes a common language is a ‘unifying force’ and:

The need for English as the official language appears in our newspapers every day – injuries in the workplace, mistranslations at hospitals, people who are unable to support themselves and their families – all because they could not speak English. Additionally, government spends billions for multilingual translations, printing costs, and miscommunications. Language enclaves are actually encouraged even though they are the very antithesis of assimilation.

Nearly every nation has an official language. The history of all humanity informs us to do what all Republican presidential candidates have endorsed: pass English as the official language of the United States. H.R. 997, the “English Language Unity Act” should be brought before the Judiciary Committee soon. There is no unifying force more powerful – not race, not color, not religion, not sex, not national origin – that binds people together more effectively than a common language.

It’s a well thought out bill [the text of it may be found here]. I shall have to study it more to see if it fully complies with The Constitution, but a first reading indicates that it does, with specific deference to the Ninth and Tenth Amendments written into it.

Personally, I am in favor of the Congress and President making English the official language of the national government. I don’t think it a very ‘American’ idea to force private persons and companies to use only English. But mandating, by law, that all government business at the national level be conducted in English passes Constitutional muster, in my opinion.

Americans are an English-speaking people. We were founded as a set of English colonies. Our Founding documents were written in the language. English has a long-tradition of use in all areas of life.

This idea to codify the fact that English is our native tongue has only come about and been made necessary by the Progressive’s insistence that language be guided by their multiculturalist ideology and their implementation of said ideology through regulation and law. Representative King is quite right: one language helps bind and unify us together as Americans. The Left, as part of their effort to destroy American Society, wants to balkanize us into separate groups that cannot relate or find common ground with one another. This will inevitably lead to unending conflict between the various ethnic and racial groups, which the Left wants to see happen so that they can ride in like knights in shining armor and quell the Chaos at the point of a gun in the name of restoring order.

As part of our struggle to restore our freedoms and liberties, this is a key front in the war.

UPDATE at 1935…

The Infidel de Manhattan’s comments are dead solid perfect:

It is important that English be this country’s official language. A liberal friend of mine once said that it doesn’t matter, that all languages are alike.

But it does matter. For language is the template for thought. Do we want to think in English, the language of the Magna Carta, The enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address or do we want to think in Spanish?

What an excellent point that I had never considered before.

9 Comments
  1. 14 February 2012 @ 14:26 14:26

    Democrats will fight this tooth and claw. They don’t WANT immigrants to learn to speak English. If they became fluent in English, they might get good jobs and be able to support themselves. They might be able to pay the rent and buy groceries without rent subsidies and food stamps. They might become prosperous, buy houses, get married, have legitimate children, and possibly even start successful businesses… and then they might start voting Republican!

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      14 February 2012 @ 14:40 14:40

      Spot-on.

      The Left wants to sow Chaos.

  2. 14 February 2012 @ 17:09 17:09

    It is important that English be this country’s official language. A liberal friend of mine once said that it doesn’t matter, that all languages are alike.

    But it does matter. For language is the template for thought. Do we want to think in English, the language of the Magna Carta, The enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address or do we want to think in Spanish?

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      14 February 2012 @ 19:47 19:47

      Kicked your comments up into the post – well put [for an Infidel].

    • 15 February 2012 @ 15:07 15:07

      The Magna Carta, as its name might imply, was written in Latin.

      The Enlightenment movement involved many different figures, from Voltaire (who didn’t write in English) and church figures like Spinoza (who wrote their works in Latin).

  3. 14 February 2012 @ 22:04 22:04

    Estoy de acuerdo!

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      14 February 2012 @ 23:16 23:16

      Usted, señor, es un hombre de verdad!

  4. 15 February 2012 @ 08:36 08:36

    Para mim, tambem.

    And besides, languages are not at all alike, although it’s to be expected that a liberal nitwit would not know that.

    Take Arabic, where words are built upon tri-literal roots. A word like “KTB” (to write) changes meaning depending on letters added at various positions. mKTB – office, KaTB – author, KTab – book.

    All those derivatives retain a connection to the meaning of the original root, so an Arabic word, far from having a simple, discreet meaning as it would in English, belongs to a whole cloud of associated meanings.

    When people want us to believe that there are one-to-one correspondences in meaning between Arabic and English words, they are leaving out those very important associations. When they say “Islam means peace,” they neglect to point out that the root of the word Islam (SLM) means surrender. When they say “DIN” means religion, they ignore the fact that the other meanings associated with that word relate to indebtedness, and legal obligation. When we are told that “ISRa” means just family, we miss out on the fact that the root of that word means “to bind, fetter, shackle” or “to capture, take prisoner,” and every other associated meaning has to do with bondage.

    A language says a lot about the culture that uses it. It’s not just a vehicle for conveying meanings; it’s an expression, especially in the case of Arabic which, as the language of Allah, has been largely insulated from change, of very deeply held beliefs and sensibilities. It’s a reflection of peoples’ philosophies. There are lots of very basic and sensible reasons for conducting the nation’s business only in English, but this one – the idea that English is the best vehicle for expressing American ideals – is the one that matters most to me.

    Sorry for going on so long.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      15 February 2012 @ 09:21 09:21

      Keep up the high-quality of commentary like that and you can carry-on as long as you like.

      Thanks for that lesson.

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