The Republicans have done it again. While they spend the nation into bankruptcy while neglecting the critical challenges that we face -- porous national security, politicizing intelligence, declining education, a broken healthcare system -- they rush into this election year whipping up fear over trivialities and appealing to depraved and reactionary emotionalism.
We're talking nativism.
Since they seem to have gotten away with treating the Mexican border as a crisis while ignoring the Canadian border -- which, by the way, we know terrorists have crossed -- they're pushing even further in their anti-Hispanic efforts by voting not once, but twice, to establish English as the national language.
As if that were going to achieve any meaningful improvement.
"We are trying to make an assimilation statement," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of two dozen senators who voted Thursday for both English proposals.Given his past, Mr. Graham seem to intend for everyone to submit to his arch-conservative views.
"What the president has said all along is that he wants to make sure that people who become American citizens have a command of the English language," Snow said. "It's as simple as that."Of course, the president demonstrates poor "command of the English language" himself. But we have to remember, he's above the law. He says so over and over again.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., disputed charges that making English the national language was racist or aimed at Spanish speakers.Sure. It's just a coincidence that this measure is taken up at the same time they're working up other nativist laws and policies directed against Hispanics crossing the Mexican border. Mr. Inhofe's real beef is with waiters in Chinese restaurants.
The provision makes exceptions for any language assistance already guaranteed by law, such as bilingual ballots required under the Voting Rights Act or court interpreters. It also requires immigrants seeking citizenship to demonstrate a "sufficient understanding of the English language for usage in every day life."Let's see if we can come up with a list of phrases....
"Where's the bathroom?"
"Glass of water, please."
"I vote for Republicans only."
"When the government spies on me, I feel patriotic."
That oughta do it.