/ March 28, 2005 11:07 PM
This weeks poll is on whether English should be declared the official language of the U.S. The impact this would have would be across the board from education to forms printed throughout the country. Having the official language declared would take the burden off of the government to provide so much money on having things produced in multiple languages, thereby putting the burden on the citizen or legal resident of the U.S. to learn the language or acquire an interpreter.
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Posted by Digger on March 28, 2005 11:07 PM (Permalink)
Most americans can't speak english properly anyway, so why even vote? j/k
Posted by: deccles on March 29, 2005 03:48 PM
I think that the official language should be English because the United States Constitution and Declaration Of Independence documents are all written in the English language. What do you think? and I think that it would be wierd to have Spanish or any other as the Official language, It just does not sound right to even suggest it anything but English. Just putting my two cents in.
Posted by: Steven on March 29, 2006 09:31 PM
I have thought all my 74 years of life in this Country, my United States of America, that English should be made the National language and that all citizens be required to learn to speak it. I was born on the 4th of July, am patriotic, spent 26(+)yrs in the United States Navy and am now retired BUT I have spoken out against ALL demonstrations by foreigners on our soil!!....the Iranians when they demonstrated as well as the recent outburst of demonstrations by the Mexican Illegals and their supporters! Needless to say I was beside myself in Vietnam when many of my fellow Americans, aided and abetted by Communist scum or worse,demonstrated & even displayed the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese flags all over the United States!!.......and were allowed to get away with it!!!
I believe our school system should teach OTHER languages and that every student should be required to study at least one, preferably two years of a second language. I studied Spanish two years in high school, both of my daughters studied Spanish in high school and in college. I sent my older daughter to Spain to take a summer course in Salamanca, but I STILL WANT ENGLISH TO BE OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE! And I don't want any Jane Fondas speaking in Spanish!
Posted by: T. K. JONES on May 19, 2006 11:53 PM
I applaud the US Senate in its decision to make ENGLISH the OFFICIAL LANGUAGE of the United States. Frankly I feel that it is about time.
This country was founded by English settlers who practiced Christianity. We must STOP altering OUR culture to accomodate people who LEAVE their country to come here.
If they want everything to be the way they were in the place they came from, then they should RETURN to the place they came from.
We must also STOP REWARDING people who enter our country ILLEGALLY by giving them FREE MEDICAL coverage, and we must STOP giving them OUR social security benefits into which they have paid NOTHING.
W. David Smith
League City, Texas USA
Posted by: W. David Smith on May 20, 2006 07:29 PM
Many American citizens are asking themselves the same question: why is English becoming America’s national language even an issue? They are right and it shows in polls. 92 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of Democrats, 86 percent of independent voters, and 76 percent of minority Americans favor official English as America’s national language. Shocking? Well it shouldn’t be. The settlers who founded this country used English. The U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence are both written in English. When America's national language does become english, and foreign people who speak different languages get mad, then they should go back to where they came from because they never should have left.
Posted by: nat on November 12, 2006 02:53 PM
English is the official language of 51 nations and 27 states in the United States. Last year, a Zogby International Poll found that 85 percent of Americans supported making English the official language of all government operations. Among Hispanics surveyed, 71 percent supported this idea. This is nothing new; many polls over the years have shown similar numbers.
Speaking English is a guaranteed way for new immigrants to succeed in school, increase their earning potential, and enhance their career options. This nation decided long ago that you must know English to become a citizen. So there, is no reason to offer government services in foreign languages. In the same way that the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem bring this nation together, English is something we share and should promote
Posted by: josh holmes on October 19, 2007 09:38 AM
No, b/c we have a lot of people that come into this country every year and they dont know any english at some point. If they cant speak our landguage how can they get jobs.what if we had to go to a differnet country nd we had to speack their landguage..it wouldnt be fair to us then..
Posted by: ericccc on March 31, 2008 09:18 PM
Posted by: jklo on November 14, 2008 12:42 PM
NO WAY!! I disagree on this for the simple fact that the United States of America does not ONLY have English languge speaking people! I believe that the U.S.A should NOT have an "official" language, thats not fair at all to other non-English speaking people living here in the U.S. So what all you people that are saying "YES"... do you guys believe if a hurricane or a bad weather situation occurs, all the non-English speaking people should not be informed or warned just because they dont speak ENGLISH???? Com'on people thats just selfish.. Just know that i'm a 15 year old Mexican American trying to explain why the U.S should not have English as the official language. Hopefully it changed some minds. :)
Posted by: Sam on March 13, 2009 12:45 AM
A bill to make English the official language of the United States would only apply to official documents and business. That way everything is in one language so everyone can understand via translator. This would not have an impact on people speaking other languages or doing business in other languages or announcing things in other languages.
Why should it be the business of the taxpayers to print every official document in every language on Earth because those who chose to come here refuse to learn our language of English?
This is the only country that is facing that dilemma. Do people go to France and demand that all of their government documents be in 50 languages? Do people go to Japan and demand that all of their government business is done in 100+ languages because they decided to take a trip to Japan?
It simply doesn't make any sense and the costs are literally in the billions of dollars in reprinted material each year if you total up every document in the United States in every state.
This money should be spent on other things and those who come here that don't speak English should have the burden on them to receive translation, not on everybody else. It's called personal responsibility, something sorely lacking in this country today where everyone expects people to excuse them for everything and hold their hand when they have to do something.
Posted by: Digger on March 13, 2009 01:12 AM
SCREW RACICST THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE FOR THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE ANY KIND NOT JUST ONE BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE DIFFERENT AND DONT HAVE TO CHANGE OUR LANGUAGE JUST CAUSE OTHER PEOPLE WANT ....84% OF THE PEOPLE HERE IN THE U.S. WANT ENGLISH TO BE NATIONAL. IN 2005 IT WAS 79% SO BASICALLY IT INCREASED THATS NOT GOOD CAUSE WE GOT TO CHANGE IT !! IT HAS TO BE LOWER SO WE WONT JUST BE STUCK WITH ONE LANGUAGE !!! JUST REMEMBER "WE CAN DO IT" -BARACK OBAMA & CESAR CHAVEZ
Posted by: alejandra on May 13, 2009 08:11 PM
i dissagree. i dont think that english should be the official language!at all.
first of all i think its sad how older peole dont see the things younger children do. how you can sit there and say thats its okay for minoritys to be trated diffrently because of where they came from. i bet my life all of your backrounds dont all go back to one place! and most people in the united states dont even know HOW to speak it so how does that make sense???? it would not be fare for childrens educations! you guys want doctors and lawyers? big guys that run fancy companys that benefit you in the end? well do you honestly think it would be the same if children cant even be taught because they arent like you because they cant speak english! thats crap and that makes you guys selfish and just as foolish!!!
Posted by: javielly delvalle on November 7, 2009 07:53 PM
We speak American English, not the queens english. Americans have a hard time finding jobs. All children should learn our language. Yes, we all came from somewhere. My family came from russia and yet I don't know or speak Russian. My family came here and they made sure my family learned and knew Russian. It is so rude to go into another country and expect them to speak your language. People who are speaking Spanish get rewarded with jobs, people who are illegal get rewarded with jobs and medical care. Not all Americans want to be lawyers, some just want jobs. Now, many schools are making it mandatory for kids to speak spanish. Those who are against American English to be our national language are not against The USA to have one language, you are just against the american English to be it. We do not speak the queens english. Our forefathers made extreme differences in our language, so we stood apart from England. Those who want Spanish to be our national language and for American English to be wiped out...you are the racists and the selfish because it is benefiting you. Our language has been here for hundreds of years. We won the Mexican American war.Time to assimilate to us just like every other person from other countries have. We do have lots of people from other countries and we don't have pres 1 for english press 2 for spanish press 3 for french press 4 for tagalog press 5 for korean etc. Learn our language.
Posted by: one pissed off american on June 17, 2010 06:26 PM
What if the US was a Bilingual country? Would THAT be so terrible?
I think children at school should learn English AND Spanish, that'll help the country to be more open minded. Also, it will help inside communication.
Posted by: Roderick on July 27, 2010 01:24 AM
It is stated in the old testament prophecy, Daniel, that Rome allowed other "people" to come into their country. That is why it speaks of an Iron and a Miry-Clay mixture that weakened Rome. Eventually Rome fell because instead of having the people assimilate into the Roman culture, they let all other believes enter in. America's symbols - the pledge, Star Spangled Banner, Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. were all written in English. English should be the official language. When I go to France, I need to learn to speak French. Same as any other country. - I NEED TO LEARN their language.
Posted by: Georgette on August 28, 2010 11:16 PM