July 9, 2008

PUTTING HIS METER IN HIS MOUTH AGAIN:

Voters Reject Obama's call for Bilingualism (Rasmussen, July 09, 2008)

Barack Obama said yesterday that “instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English,” Americans “need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.” A national telephone survey conducted last month by Rasmussen Reports found that U.S. voters overwhelmingly disagree with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Eighty-three percent (83%) place a higher priority on encouraging immigrants to speak English as their primary language. Just 13% take the opposite view and say it is more important for Americans to learn other languages.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 9, 2008 4:50 PM

It is not inappropriate to encourage Americans to learn a foreign language; it is inappropriate to ask them to do so to make an immigrant feel comfortable. Those who voluntarily enter and wish to become part of America should learn some of its language.

(I am reminded of one of the opening scenes in 'Stripes' when Russell is teaching immigrants English, and one immigrant responds with what he knows 'Sonofbeetch, sheet'.)

Posted by: Mikey at July 9, 2008 6:00 PM
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