I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
In a broader sense (which you are well aware is what I was talking about) being unable to speak the language that 96% of the population speaks well or better is an impairment to your functionality. How is this difficult?
I've been to Florida. And furthermore Miami. Spanish does not come before English. You're simply wrong. And even if it did, since their official language is English, that would make people who think they should get special treatment by not speaking English wrong.
So we agree, then, that you didn't address any of my points and instead simply resorted to name-calling. Right.
It's rude because he knows that in America people speak English, he was able to speak English, and didn't. My grandma's accent is way thicker than his. He probably could have gotten his point across clearer in English than he did using a translator. It's rude for the same reason it's rude for me to walk up to a German in Germany and speak in English, even though I know that most of them can speak English. I'm in there country where almost everyone speaks German.
Yeah, it belongs to Americans. Nearly all of whom speak English. Doesn't get too much more official than that. And it seems that even when it IS official, like in Florida (which by the way, does NOT acknowledge Spanish as a dual official language - it's only English), you still wish to deny that people should speak the official language where they live.
So it doesn't matter to you whether it's official or not, which is what your entire argument hinges on. This shows me you have no argument - rather that you're too PC to just admit we speak English.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 06-17-11 at 11:33 AM.
I honestly cannot see myself being offended if I were a Senator in that room which is why the "rudeness" of it all is not making sense to me.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
But that is not the case in America.
Not sure what this has to do with "our advantages" though.
I recently read through a government bid request prior to giving it to the sales manager to work up. There was an entire subsection (1.5 pages long, 12-point font) dedicated to the requirement that all sub-contractors or employees of the winning bidder speak English on a level directly related to the work they are doing. They must be able to understand and answer all questions in English. It even went so far as to state that, while working, the only acceptable language was English...so basically, two coworkers could not speak to one another in Spanish if it were their native tongue.
It was a very contractual, professional way of saying, "Speaking English or GTFO". I actually posted a few segments of it on my facebook because it was so thorough.
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