reply to post by OutKast Searcher
Without a common language we are not a nation, that doesnt mean you can not speak German, French, Spanish or whatever, However in mixed social
situations and Governmental purposes however one should embarace American English, not the Kings English of the UK, and Before we get into a spat over
wether there is a such thing as American English be fully aware that besides the Kings English there are 6 distinct types of English recognized
outside of the Kings English.
Types of World English
I dont understand the refusal of some not all of the recent Hispanic immigrants to learn American English for mixed social situations and for
governmental purposes. Every other wave of immigrants have learned American English and assimilated into society, most non Hispanic immigrants go out
of thier way to learn American English. Most European Americans ancestors where not English, the largest European immigrant group to America is
actually the Germans and I dont see Americans whose ancestors came from Germany demanding we all speak German.
Until Hispanic immigrants embrace American English as a language There social mobility will stagnate and they will be treated as second class citizens
and they will be continue to be exploited.
As a nation that is a mixture of many cultures languages and traditions it is most imperative that a single Language be used for Government and mixed
social situations, just as we all believe in a Single set of Laws in the form of the US Constitution that binds us all together.
While you seem stuck on the Language issue, do you still say that Americans have no distinct culture of our own, granted a great many things in
American culture are brought into the melting pot by those that choose to immigrate here, but are you firm in the belief that there is nothing
My Ancestors are English, Danish , German and Finnish, and except for the English ancestors that came here in the late 1600's all of my other
ancestors have learned American English and assimilated as Americans.
Why should Americans whose ancestors have immigrated and assimilated in the past expect any less from the current wave of immigrants?
My Flag is not the UK flag, the flag of Denmark, the flag of Germany, nor the flag Finland. I dont demand that society cater to me by speaking the
Kings English, or Danish or German or Finnish or Swedish or Sami, and I have no right to do.
So if I want to speak one of those languages in my home or non social or governmental situations no one is stopping and no one is asking Hispanics to
to totally stop speaking Spanish either. My Constitution is the US Constitution not the Magna Carta, or the Constitution of any other country.
My wife is a first generation American whose parents are Argentines, her parents learned American English and have assimilated with no problems , My
adoptived sister is Vietnamese She has learned American English with no problems and actually has a stronger southern US accent than I do.
Either our language, American English and our founding documents, Declaration of Independence and the Constitution along with the Flag and other
symbols of our Nation bind us together or we are not a Nation any longer and will fall into a squabbling mass of Balkanized regions without respect
for one another.
Immigrants are most welcome in America, but come to America with the intention of becoming Americans, use our Language, Honor our Laws and respect our
customs and traditions, if your intention is to come here and cause strife and division to carve out a section or our nation and create a new nation
exclusive to your own "race" then you have come here for the wrong reason. We have already had one Civil War and I personally doubt that my fellow
Americans want another one.
US Population 1860 31,443,321
Casualties American Civil War 618,000 that is one in every 50 Americans
US population in 2009 estimated 305,000,000 one out of every 50 Americans leaves a casualty count of 6,100,000
We are definitely headed toward that casuaty figure if we as a Nation continue down the path of Balkanization and Seperatism.
Excuse the typos please I am rather pressed for time with other tasks