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

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Just because she couldn't speak English does not mean she is here illegally. Many immigrate legally and have difficulty learning the language, particularly Spanish-speakers because as I've pointed out they can get everything they need from tv/radio to restaurants to retail establishments, all of which are bilingual. In too many places one cannot even get an entry level job at a fast food joint or a WalMart without being bilingual. That is what chaps my hide. But I do not presume that any non-English-speaking Latinas (females are Lantina, males are Latino) are automatically illegal. That would be terribly unfair to those who have come here legally on work visas.

    Chances are that her daughter is a US citizen, and the welfare card you saw is to support the child. I understand where you're coming from here. I too result the ease with which illegals using stolen ID's can head straight for the welfare office, which btw is forbidden by law to ask about immigration status, to stick their hands in the taxpayers' pocket. Just cautioning you about presuming that everyone who can't speak English must be illegal. I know for a fact that is untrue.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    What would be the implications of having a national language? I don't think it is the role of the federal government to determine a language for the US. If a state wants to declare a language, that is fine with me. However, I don't think the federal government can tell the states what language is the official language. Now, if the federal government chooses to do legal proceedings, paper work, etc in English then I have no problem with that.

    I will say on a personal note, if I move to another country who speaks a different language, I will do whatever is necessary to learn that language. I also would find it unreasonable to expect people to adapt to me.
    Last edited by Helvidius; 06-19-11 at 01:20 AM.
    Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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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 Risky Thicket View Post
    LOL! I imagine that happens to you a lot.
    My post was about language. I could of used French or German in exactly the same way and you wouldn't have come at me with this ridiculous accusation. Using Spanish though is so racist. You need to check your arguments before you make them.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I personally can't guarantee it, but I would support a Constitutional amendment to that affect if you and other American Indian activists saw fit to push for it.
    To paraphrase my grandma " A law makes a poor shield against a bullet".

    Given the history of both my families ancestry,(and this country's) history,it is understandable why I am skeptical of Making English an Official Language.
    Last I check,the Constitution is being torn to shreds,or at least that' what I hear both the liberals and the conservatives say.
    There is absolutely no guarantee other then,"we promise to honor the treaty" to prevent wholesale abuses.

    However, for the most part, in recent decades, the autonomy seems to be largely in tact...[/QUOTE]

    Funny how you added "for the most part".
    Seems we both know about the concept of "Eminent Domain".
    The reason why the autonomy is largely still intact is because the land underneath the tribes is usually worthless.

    Once the Government,Corporation,or real estate developer decides the land is worth something,here comes the long and lengthy court battles just to preserve what little is left for the tribes.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I doubt there are any reliable statistics on a global basis, but let's look at some of the world's largest countries...

    China-- the vast majority of people speak only Mandarin, and elderly speak only their native local language. Not many speak a foreign language like English.
    India -- promotes English as a national language, but according to friends of mine who have traveled there, few people outside the cities (and even many inside the cities) can't speak it and only speak their regional language.
    United States - vast majority speak only English
    Indonesia -- very complicated... educated can speak Bahasa Indonesia and their local language, but the vast majority of people outside of north-eastern Sumatra or parts of Java can't speak it and only speak their local language.
    Pakistan - see India
    Japan -- vast majority speak only Japanese
    Nigeria - English is the language of government, but only the educated can speak it. The vast majority speak only their local language
    Brazil - vast majority speak only Portuguese
    Russia - vast majority speak only Russian
    Bangladesh - some speak English (generally educated classes) but vast majority speak only Bengali or other local languages

    care to contest any of this?

    I spent about 16 months bicycling cross-country in India, and can assure you, outside of the major cities, and tourist areas, it is very rare to find someone who speaks English, unless they are training to work over seas (small percentage of the population). In fact, I was lost for about 4 days in the back country of Karnatika, and could not even find someone who spoke Hindi or Bengali (which I had a rudimentary understanding of), let alone English.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Verthaine View Post
    Once the Government,Corporation,or real estate developer decides the land is worth something,here comes the long and lengthy court battles just to preserve what little is left for the tribes.
    Does your tribe not have casinos? We have many here in Minnesota. But even at that, some tribes are making out really well, and others are out of the way, so are not doing well at all.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    For most of our history English was the de-facto national language, and if you did not speak it "tough **** amigo". It is only in recent times that we have so many people who think we should bend over backward to accomodate people who come to this country and won't learn to speak the common fracking language!

    Good lord, if I moved to France, the first thing I'd start doing is LEARN to speak FRENCH!!
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    Does your tribe not have casinos? We have many here in Minnesota. But even at that, some tribes are making out really well, and others are out of the way, so are not doing well at all.
    Last I check with the kin folk ( I live in New Orleans) even the tribes that have casinos are doing about as well (or slightly worse) as everyone else in this economy. And the ones that do not have casino's are struggling.

    Like many other tribes,the revenue produced by the casinos is actually held "in trust" by the BIA.
    You should ask the Apache Nation as to how well that's going.

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    Is it any wonder why I don't trust the government to protect my rights and freedoms vis a vis making English an "Official Language".
    Or practically anything else.

    Just from the tone of some of the posters on this very thread here,I don't trust them either.
    But that's just my opinion.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    As an official language sure. I have not problem with that. As the only official language, then no. We are more than just English.

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