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

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    This way seems best.
    Okay. But why so? I'm interested to hear your opinion, because I can't find a logical support for it myself, so there must be something I'm missing.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Molotok View Post
    Okay. But why so? I'm interested to hear your opinion, because I can't find a logical support for it myself, so there must be something I'm missing.
    National unity is reinforce with a national language. If you goal is balkanization then strive for multiculturalism and help everyone keep their language instead of moving toward a national language.

    I am sorry that you cannot see it. But that is your problem. Only you can solve it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Speak what you like at home, but learn the common tongue: English. People who can't even talk to each other cannot feel very connected as citizens of the same nation.
    Flawed logic. Speaking the same language doesn't make people feel connected. If that was the case, a lot the people here would feel connected to John Wayne Gacy.

    If one person is needs help and another one stops to lend a hand, they feel connected whether they speak the same language or not. Connection comes from positive feelings like gratitude and affection, I feel a connection with my dog, for instance, but not with Michele Bachman.

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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.
    Let me guess, you were all for "intelligent" design being taught in the schools, too.

    I guess some people don't see anything wrong with this country becoming a nation of WallyWerld workers.

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    Re: 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?

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    Re: 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?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    I voted no. If you forced millions of immigrants to learn English, they would certainly learn it, but they would not have a high proficiency level. That takes years of wilful practice. In the mean time, having concise info available in their mother tongue keeps things less complicated and reduces errors.

    Our ancestors who helped form this country came from all over. The people who built our cities were mainly immigrants. Maintaining flexibility is what allowed all that to happen.

    An American who can't speak English is still an American.
    sadly this is incorrect. those who cannot speak english are kept out of much of our public life, and unable to participate in American society at large. They can only exist in enclaves where they are trapped in a single socioeconomic rut. traditionally first generation immigrant waves come here, and fail to learn the language. But their kids do - and the parents hard work combined with the second generations' bilingualism causes those minority groups to begin to see success. that experience of advancement from generation to generation reinforces the American Dream, and causes immigrant populations to Buy Into our ethos even as they integrate into our society. They Become Americans. Third generation usually speaks english as a first language, and continue to advance, often becoming the first generation to attend higher schooling. now, by and large, that's not happening. this is the first immigrant wave in American history where the children and grandchildren haven't done better - and it's because they haven't learned the language.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    sadly this is incorrect. those who cannot speak english are kept out of much of our public life, and unable to participate in American society at large. They can only exist in enclaves where they are trapped in a single socioeconomic rut. traditionally first generation immigrant waves come here, and fail to learn the language. But their kids do - and the parents hard work combined with the second generations' bilingualism causes those minority groups to begin to see success. that experience of advancement from generation to generation reinforces the American Dream, and causes immigrant populations to Buy Into our ethos even as they integrate into our society. They Become Americans. Third generation usually speaks english as a first language, and continue to advance, often becoming the first generation to attend higher schooling. now, by and large, that's not happening. this is the first immigrant wave in American history where the children and grandchildren haven't done better - and it's because they haven't learned the language.
    They aren't going to learn it if you make it the official language. That's not going to make much of a difference.

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