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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 04:45 AM
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English as official US language: Perry says, 'I can agree with that'
Source: MSNBC (Carrie Dann)

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday appeared to endorse making English the official language of the United States, agreeing with a questioner who put forward a strongly worded defense of the idea.

"I don't know how the rest of the conservatives in the room feel," said a questioner at Perry's last event of the day. "Personally, I'm fed up with seeing the directions on every single product on every single shelf of every single store written in foreign languages. And I'd like to say English should be the official language of government in this country."

"That is a statement. That's not a question. And I can agree with that," Perry responded without elaborating further.

A spokesperson for the governor said that while Perry has in the past been open to changing the law to make English the official language, he has typically said he views other economic and social issues as more pressing matters for legislation.


Read more: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/30/9841753...
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 08:55 AM
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1. So Much for the Free Market
Now just a cotton pickin' minute. First, exaggerate much? Not every product on every single shelf of every single store has directions written in languages other than English.

But let's just say it really was like that now. Well, that would be because the companies making those products recognized that a potential market segment read a language other than English and wanted to make their products appealing to that demographic. If companies did not feel it helped their sales (and ultimately increased profits) they would not do it. So, are these English as official language folks proposing that the government should tell companies their products can only be marketed and sold in English?

It's bad enough to get uptight about ballots and government websites in languages other than English. But do people who otherwise claim to support the free market actually think the government should pass laws because they are annoyed at having to press 1 for English when they call Customer Service?
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Madam Mossfern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 11:27 AM
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2. Actually I agree
that English should be the official language of the US.
Not because of marketing though. What is the issue with that?
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 12:25 PM
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3. American English should be our official language
It's pretty much unique to this country, so it should be made official for that reason, itself. It's closely related to the English spoken elsewhere in the world, but it has evolved beyond a mere dialect. The relationship between Queen's English and American English is like Swedish/Danish/Norwegian--closely-related languages with a lot of spelling/pronunciation/grammatical differences. It's time that "American" really does become a proper word for our language. The final Declaration of Independence from the Crown, as it were. :)
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 01:51 PM
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4. Which dialect of American English gets the official status?
"A language is a dialect with an army behind it"

There are variants of "English" spoke in the deep south that I find incomprehensible.
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Madam Mossfern Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 04:35 PM
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5. It's still English
Regional dialects happen in all countries.
Don't be disingenuous.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-02-12 12:21 AM
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8. Yes, but the question was legitimate. Which dialect will be the offical one?
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-02-12 05:00 AM
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11. What about states like Oklahoma and Louisiana?
Edited on Mon Jan-02-12 05:21 AM by Leopolds Ghost
I don't think I need to elaborate... two of the only states in the Union that have an official English language are the ones which have endangered native non-English languages spoken by a substantial (and declining) percentage of the population. What does that tell you about the English only movement?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-02-12 12:20 AM
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7. Great definition. I am not sure I fully understand it, but I like it.
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hermetic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 05:32 PM
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6. Thanks, dbt
For keeping LBN alive. I appreciate it.

Happy New Year!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-02-12 12:22 AM
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9. +1
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-02-12 12:24 AM
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10. Another shiny object to district us from the fact that the 1% owns almost all our tax dollars.
Agencies that we support that are supposed to protect us are protecting politicians and the 1%.

But, we are an easily distracted folk.
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