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WestSeattle2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-19-06 11:20 AM
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39. Well everyone in the US....
needs one thing in common, it does help to hold a country together. Since we're a melting pot of different cultures, religions and races, the commonality might as well be language.

Look what Quebec has done to Canada. It is a royal pain in the ass to do business there. A previous job of mine required me to interact with Bank of Montreal employees. Many of them would just hang up the phone if I didn't speak French. I'm not kidding.

I can easily see that happening here, except substitute Spanish for French.


Je suis d'accord avec l'amendement, nous ne voulons pas finir par comme Qubec.
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  -English as National Language or Common and Unifying Language of US? BurtWorm  May-19-06 10:40 AM   #0 
  - Why don't they just call it what it is?  SmokingJacket   May-19-06 10:41 AM   #1 
  - What's the Salazar Amendment really called?  BurtWorm   May-19-06 10:45 AM   #2 
  - that and a deficit reducer..........  IChing   May-19-06 10:46 AM   #3 
  - I happen to agree with the amendment  buff2   May-19-06 10:50 AM   #4 
     - Que?  BurtWorm   May-19-06 10:51 AM   #5 
     - Why do you hate America?  buff2   May-19-06 10:57 AM   #10 
        - Non, Je parlez Francaise. n/t  Solon   May-19-06 11:11 AM   #28 
           - Non, je parle franais.  Mass   May-19-06 11:20 AM   #40 
              - Shit I'm out of practice...  Solon   May-19-06 11:22 AM   #42 
                 - I know. You're doing quite well.  Mass   May-19-06 11:35 AM   #55 
                    - I butcher languages, by and large...  Solon   May-19-06 11:37 AM   #58 
     - So why English?  Solon   May-19-06 10:52 AM   #7 
     - Do most Americans speak Cherokee?  buff2   May-19-06 10:55 AM   #9 
        - A lot of Americans--more and ,more, in fact--speak Spanish.  BurtWorm   May-19-06 10:58 AM   #11 
        - That's because the illegals are coming here in droves  buff2   May-19-06 11:01 AM   #14 
           - Maybe you should learn a little Spanish.  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:04 AM   #16 
           - I get by very well speaking ENGLISH  buff2   May-19-06 11:07 AM   #22 
              - So don't worry about what other people speak.  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:09 AM   #24 
                 - I'm not so sure about that. Print and radio don't emphasize english.  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:13 AM   #31 
                    - In New York, every immigrant neighborhood has an English language school.  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:20 AM   #38 
                       - That's the exception, not the rule. (n/t)  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:35 AM   #56 
                          - ESL schools are found throughout the nation...  Solon   May-19-06 11:39 AM   #61 
                          - Can you back that up?  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:43 AM   #64 
           - That's just nonsense...  Solon   May-19-06 11:06 AM   #20 
              - Well, actually....  yadayadayada   May-19-06 11:12 AM   #29 
              - And that's a bad thing why?  Solon   May-19-06 11:16 AM   #34 
              - You can't make phone calls  buff2   May-19-06 11:18 AM   #37 
              - Bueno!  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:31 AM   #51 
              - Were the announcements for shoppers, or for employees?  AlienGirl   May-19-06 12:09 PM   #77 
              - It cost us more for goods and services when translation is required.  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:16 AM   # 
                 - I can explain the most likely trilingual...  Solon   May-19-06 11:24 AM   #43 
                 - This is because of NAFTA and because companies want to sell  Mass   May-19-06 11:37 AM   #59 
                    - Don't you mean NAFTA?  Solon   May-19-06 11:46 AM   #67 
                       - Thanks  Mass   May-19-06 11:47 AM   #69 
        - Depends on the REGION...  Solon   May-19-06 11:02 AM   #15 
           - Are you saying English is a disunifying language?  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:05 AM   #19 
              - I agree...  Solon   May-19-06 11:10 AM   #26 
                 - I live in New York City, one of the most popular US destinations  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:16 AM   #35 
     - America - the only developed nation in the world where a majority  liberal N proud   May-19-06 10:59 AM   #13 
     - Don't you think that if people from other countries  buff2   May-19-06 11:05 AM   #17 
        - By and large they do.  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:06 AM   #21 
        - Why are you so afraid of people with other  buff2   May-19-06 11:10 AM   #27 
           - Let me turn that around back to you where it belongs.  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:33 AM   #54 
              - Hey Burt, did you vote in my poll?  Solon   May-19-06 11:36 AM   #57 
                 - I'll go look for it and vote in it.  BurtWorm   May-19-06 11:47 AM   #70 
                    - Just to show you my inclinations....  Solon   May-19-06 11:54 AM   #72 
                       - Did you see my post?  BurtWorm   May-19-06 12:11 PM   #78 
                          - Hey, at least it is homegrown.  Solon   May-19-06 12:18 PM   #79 
        - German Contribution to the Early History of the USA  Xipe Totec   May-19-06 11:27 AM   #46 
        - For centuries, immigrants have come to the US not knowing english  liberal N proud   May-19-06 11:51 AM   #71 
     - No this is now Amerika  Bandit   May-19-06 11:05 AM   #18 
     - I agree buff2. n/t  yadayadayada   May-19-06 11:15 AM   #33 
     - You know,it feels pretty damn good  buff2   May-19-06 11:21 AM   #41 
        - I saw your post above buff2 and .....  yadayadayada   May-19-06 11:29 AM   #48 
           - I know what you mean  buff2   May-19-06 11:41 AM   #62 
     - "America" named after an Italian.  Tierra_y_Libertad   May-19-06 11:17 AM   #36 
     - So you agree it's about stamping out Spanish.  SmokingJacket   May-19-06 02:44 PM   #80 
  - Que?  underpants   May-19-06 10:52 AM   #6 
  - Numero 5  BurtWorm   May-19-06 10:54 AM   #8 
  - Bush may benefit from learning to speak English,  Sugar Smack   May-19-06 10:58 AM   #12 
  - Well I for one am all for it. I think they should also criminalize  anarch   May-19-06 11:08 AM   #23 
  - Harry Reid said this bill is RACIST. Are dems who voted for it racist?  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:10 AM   #25 
  - He's a total idiot  buff2   May-19-06 11:13 AM   #30 
  - If it walks like a duck...  Tierra_y_Libertad   May-19-06 11:14 AM   #32 
  - Well everyone in the US....  WestSeattle2   May-19-06 11:20 AM   #39 
  - Has any country ever survived after a multiple language invasion?  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:25 AM   #44 
  - Actually yes, the United States "survived" it before, and then...  Solon   May-19-06 11:26 AM   #45 
     - The history of our country is that those who arrived ASSIMILATED.  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:27 AM   #47 
        - First, that's a bad word to use...  Solon   May-19-06 11:32 AM   #52 
        - Not if you understand its meaning...  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:42 AM   #63 
           - Its a two way street, not one way...  Solon   May-19-06 11:45 AM   #66 
              - ENJOY :) and have a great day!  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:47 AM   #68 
                 - Hey, didn't take me that long...  Solon   May-19-06 11:55 AM   #73 
        - I dont think the English assimilated. They exterminated who was here  Mass   May-19-06 11:38 AM   #60 
  - Feel-good-do-nothing legislation or complete waste of energy?  zbdent   May-19-06 11:29 AM   #49 
  - It's nice to see that like the repugs, we are also in agreement. (SARCASM)  flashdebadge   May-19-06 11:29 AM   #50 
  - Of course, US communities in Europe or elsewhere learn the local  Mass   May-19-06 11:33 AM   #53 
  - Playing to the bigots again for votes.  Sapere aude   May-19-06 11:45 AM   #65 
  - Corporate media doing it's part -  sparosnare   May-19-06 11:57 AM   #74 
  - Another sop to the KKK wing of the American electorate.  Tierra_y_Libertad   May-19-06 11:58 AM   #75 
  - Didn't they try this in Canada?  Cleita   May-19-06 11:59 AM   #76 
  - Oui, ceci a t fait dans le Canada  WestSeattle2   May-19-06 05:25 PM   #81 
     - Oops! I don't know French.  Cleita   May-19-06 06:26 PM   #82 
        - My point exactly....  WestSeattle2   May-19-06 07:46 PM   #83 
           - No you are wrong there.  Cleita   May-19-06 10:22 PM   #85 
  - wouldn't multiple national languages lead to more division and racism  Truth Hurts A Lot   May-19-06 08:03 PM   #84 
     - Really? And speaking one language has  Cleita   May-19-06 10:25 PM   #86 
 

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