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Old 06-15-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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We have two official languages here in Canada. What "Official" means is that the government is guaranteeing that all of it's services will be available in both English and French. This was very important here because our country is made up of two distinct cultures.

It would be a huge mistake for the USA to have anything other than English as an "Official" language. The government should as much as possible not provide services in any other language. There are a few very good reasons for that. It will force immigrants to learn English. The costs of operating in 2 languages are enormous. Not learning English will create second class citizens out of those foolish enough not to have their children speak English. It will help prevent the further ghettoization of the country.

On a personal note. My son married a beautiful girl from Mexico city. Her family moved to Vancouver from Mexico and the first thing they did was to learn to speak English. It would be very difficult to get along in Vancouver only speaking Spanish. Go a hundred miles south to Seattle though and it would be easy.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Earth
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We will see what the future holds for making English our official national language and changing birthright citizenship. I think you and yours will be on the losing end.
Official languages are an issue of federal power vs. state's rights.

And you probably call yourself a "conservative" - how can you be a conservative and against state's rights?

As for birthright citizenship - be very careful with messing with the 14th Amendment, as modifying it could have the effect of enabling the citizenship of US born citizens to be revoked by the federal government.
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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I'm sure others have answered this, but there actually is no official language in the USA. People are FREE to speak whatever language they want and the government is required to abide that FREEDOM because it's the will of the people it serves.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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I'm sure others have answered this, but there actually is no official language in the USA. People are FREE to speak whatever language they want and the government is required to abide that FREEDOM because it's the will of the people it serves.
Exactly. There is no enumerated power in the constitution for the federal government to declare an official language.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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I'm sure others have answered this, but there actually is no official language in the USA. People are FREE to speak whatever language they want and the government is required to abide that FREEDOM because it's the will of the people it serves.
We are aware that we have no official language in this country. However, English is our de facto national language. Making English our official language would not prohibit anyone from speaking another language so if you are using that argument to prevent English from taking its rightful place as a part of our heritage and culture you had better find some other excuse.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:34 PM
 
Location: somewhere in the woods
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If it's English, why do so many government sites have both English and Spanish?

This annoys the hell out of me!!!

american
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I'm sure others have answered this, but there actually is no official language in the USA. People are FREE to speak whatever language they want and the government is required to abide that FREEDOM because it's the will of the people it serves.
But and it's a big but. Is the government required to serve the people in whatever language that person happens to speak? Are they going to send you your tax forms in Spanish or Manderin for that matter. When you go into a government department are they going to be required to answer your questions in your language? Without an OFFICIAL language perhaps they will be.
This is a little off the topic but did you know that at one time in the early days of the Republic that there were as many German speaking Americans as there were English? Just a little trivia I thought you might be interested in.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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Certainly you are not suggesting that the French are somebody we should be generally trying to emulate?



Let no irony go unsmelted.
tha french aint all bad
an not all mexican ppl are bad
tha french an spanish countrys
are right in makin there lingo tha law
tha usa need to to that same thing
with english
non o this bilingal junk
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:53 PM
 
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We should declare American English as our official language.

Yes, American English is distinct from English. Why shouldn't we make it official?
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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Do you appreciate it if you ever go to European countries, and see english translations on some things? If you do, you are a hypocrite for liking that but finding the things here annoying as hell. Shouldn't everyone get the same curiosities we get?
this aint europe
an that place
is havin many problmes these days
beter to be here in tha usa
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