"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Good article, a few good points made that shifted my stance a bit.
Speak English, not Spanish, demands Texas lawmaker | Reuters
For me, it boils down to how effectively he felt he could communicate his views/opinions/testimony across. If he can speak English, but it sucks, it's entirely reasonable to want a translator both for his own sake and for the audience's sake. I disagree that he spoke Spanish in order to make some sort of political statement, because if that were the case, it really doesn't help him or his cause. People who feel offended by this do so because they choose to be offended.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
He does not want to be an American. He wants to be a Mexican in the reconquest of Texas. Well, if it a war he wants...where is the one term president Obama? Let's just rename the country Libya...That's our culture," Martinez said. "Spanish was here first. Many of us learned English later. They can never take away our culture. They can never take away our heritage."
This thread is so ridiculous I had to post.
It's been too well established that the man could speak English, can we cut the "If they want to function in this country...." BS? Obviously he's functioning here if he's testifying to representatives as an immigrant rights activist - an authority - nimwad. They didn't pull him off the street.
It's been too well established that English is not the official language of the USA; it's also been too well established that most people in this country speak English. Neither of these points are going anywhere.
Moreover, I'm seeing all this rage about how he was a dumbass trying to make a "statement" (as I've seen it quoted). I'm mostly seeing this by conservatives ignoring the fact that the man is speaking passionately about family values. It's probably not what he intended, but I think his "statement" works, albeit differently than he intended, because I get to see how imbecilic Americans can be; getting outraged about which language The Other American spoke his words in and ignoring the fact they whole heartedly agree with the message.
Why am I having to see so many huff and puff? Shouldn't the representative be acquainted with Spanish considering a significant part of the populace he represents speaks the language? It's not like Spanish speakers just got here people, acquaint yourself with the damn language. It's been a significant part of THIS LAND for hundreds of years.
The man should ask for his tax dollars back if his representative can't communicate with the people in his district or state.
No one's time is so precious, ESPECIALLY ON THIS WEBSITE, that they should have the gall to be insulted by the medium of this message.