View Poll Results: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    If you're not willing to learn English, then don't bother coming here. I know a guy who would only allow customers who spoke English in his shoe store. A bunch of Mexican's came into his store who couldn't speak English and he told them to leave. They sent a lawyer to his store who threatened him with a discrimination lawsuit. He just looked the lawyer in the eye and said, "This is MY store and only English is allowed to be spoken here. They didn't abide by MY rules in MY store and I told them to get the (bleep) out of MY store. You can turn around and get the (bleep) out of my store too, and don't bother coming back." He never heard another word out of the Mexicans or their lawyer.
    He sounds like a tool.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    He sounds like a tool.
    He's a character. When Al Gore was screaming about methane gas emissions supposedly causing global warming, this guy went outside, let out a loud drawn out methane gas bomb, and then said "Eat that, Al Gore!"

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    He's a character. When Al Gore was screaming about methane gas emissions supposedly causing global warming, this guy went outside, let out a loud drawn out methane gas bomb, and then said "Eat that, Al Gore!"
    Actually, I'd like to meet him.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    They say xenophobia and intolerance are the iron nails in the coffin of influence and power. It's a trade off. You could indeed declare English your national language, turn away thousands of brilliant minds and assets to society, but come away with a more "traditional" American populace. But your nation would certainly suffer for it.

    Make no mistake, the Anglophone peoples of the world have no monopoly on intelligence. By limiting your nation to one official language, you are limiting your nation to a much smaller pool of intelligence.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Molotok View Post
    By limiting your nation to one official language, you are limiting your nation to a much smaller pool of intelligence.
    Let's take the risk.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    Let's take the risk.
    Fair enough. Might I ask why? I'm interested to know. What do you believe are the potential upsides of naming the official language, that outweigh the downsides?

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Molotok View Post
    Fair enough. Might I ask why? I'm interested to know. What do you believe are the potential upsides of naming the official language, that outweigh the downsides?
    National unity.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    National unity.
    But are there not other, less exclusive ways of fomenting a national bond between all people who would like to call themselves Americans?

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I am asking this question because of an ongoing discussion .

    here.

    Should English be declared the official language of the United States?
    What does the second choice mean?
    "He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
    "Fly-over" country voted, and The Donald is now POTUS.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Molotok View Post
    But are there not other, less exclusive ways of fomenting a national bond between all people who would like to call themselves Americans?
    This way seems best.

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