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Old 05-10-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Oldglory View Post
It's not about rights or one's business. It's about rudeness especially when one knows how to speak English but refuses to. Who wants to listen to a bunch of babel all day long? It makes one feel like they are living in a foreign country. Don't like my views on this topic? Tough! I don't like rude people either.
Why are you listening to me? I did not ask you to listen, and it is not my problem you are.

 
Old 05-10-2019, 11:55 AM
 
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Originally Posted by texan2yankee View Post
I lived in NYC and heard many foreign languages daily on the street. I live in Austin and hear Spanish almost daily in various situations. never a problem! there are lots of people living or visiting in American cities.

I don't like to press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. this is America...we speak English. all americans should be required to speak at least minimal English!
Nah, we'll pass, no national language and no national religion. Working as intended.
 
Old 05-10-2019, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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...the survey says almost half of the democrats are at least bothered by it some too
The corresponding percentage for democrats is 18%. Compare that to the 47% for republicans.

If we include the "Not Much" category the numbers are:

73% for republicans
42% for democrats

Republicans are far more xenophobic than democrats.
 
Old 05-10-2019, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Suburb of Chicago
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The corresponding percentage for democrats is 18%. Compare that to the 47% for republicans.

If we include the "Not Much" category the numbers are:

73% for republicans
42% for democrats

Republicans are far more xenophobic than democrats.
Democrats shouldn't be dumping on the right as though they're the party of xenophobia when we apparently have enough to go around ourselves.
 
Old 05-10-2019, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Proxima Centauri
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The language that is most bothersome is the democrats language.
They constantly change the meaning of words to stifle and disrupt traditional communication through the English language. It becomes more like Pig-Latin without the rules. Some say its just jibber-jabber but imagine being sick and in the hospital and that's all one hears. That would be bothersome at the least.

So don't get sick in a major city because that's where most democrats are. As far as changing the meanings of words is concerned, we democrats didn't change the meaning of the word socialist to mean anything that you republicans don't agree with.
 
Old 05-10-2019, 12:07 PM
 
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The corresponding percentage for democrats is 18%. Compare that to the 47% for republicans.

If we include the "Not Much" category the numbers are:

73% for republicans
42% for democrats

Republicans are far more xenophobic than democrats.
James, that's not what I said...what I said is accurate...the survey says that almost half of democrats are bothered by it at least a little too

It's a stupid survey in the first place...looks like it presented to bash republicans

Depending on the situation...everyone is going to be bothered by it at some point

If someone is doing it on purpose..in your face...to get attention and reaction...that bothers the hell out of me because it's childish

...if someone is doing it because it's the only language they know...it does not bother me one bit

...there, that's both ends of the spectrum..from "a lot" to "not at all"
 
Old 05-10-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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It's all contextual.

Republicans see the English language as the first language the Jews heard when they were liberated from Dachau whereas Democrats see the English language as the last language some slave heard before he was whipped to death.
 
Old 05-10-2019, 12:26 PM
 
Location: in my imagination
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So if a cashier helps a customer in Spanish at your neighborhood Target or Safeway, is your head going to explode then?
In Miami you will often find a person who can't speak English while at their job. Go to the checkout at a gas station and there is a good chance they speak Spanish only. In fact a place where I worked we had a couple technicians who spoke only Spanish.




However I don't care what people speak among themselves.
 
Old 05-10-2019, 12:29 PM
 
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...=.57dc4d74d1be


This doesn't come as much of a surprise but it's troubling nonetheless. But time moves forward and whether everyone likes it or not, we will be living in an increasingly diverse society, regardless of whether or not everyone is comfortable with that.


Diversity has never really been a problem in this country, because it has been set up as a melting pot where various races, ethnic groups, religions, etc., can all enjoy the freedoms our constitutional republic has to offer.

However we do expect new citizens to obey the law and assimilate into our culture. One of the main aspects of a culture is a universal means of communication.

People of both political parties can live in a very "diverse" city and not be bothered by all the different stripes.
However they do not want to live in areas where no one speaks English.
Unlike many previous groups who gave their kids American/English names and insisted their kids learn our language, now many come here are try to make us learn theirs.

I still remember back when I was a kid working in a grocery store and this woman kept speaking/complaining in Spanish. However none of us understood what her issue was. She then found someone to interpret and had the nerve to tell us "we shouldn't be allowed to have a job if we could not speak Spanish" .
She felt entitled to come to our country and decide we needed to change to suit her preferences, not the other way around.

That is what most people object to. I actually know a few people living in heavy brown areas and they cannot find a job (even at skilled labor like A/C repair) because they are not bi-lingual. Yet they say many brown people who cannot speak English are hired anyway (probably be cause they will work for less).
The point is that this is America, and if people want to legally immigrate here fine. But learn to speak our language, not demand we speak theirs.


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Old 05-10-2019, 12:33 PM
 
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Diversity has never really been a problem in this country, because it has been set up as a melting pot where various races, ethnic groups, religions, etc., can all enjoy the freedoms our constitutional republic has to offer.

However we do expect new citizens to obey the law and assimilate into our culture. One of the main aspects of a culture is a universal means of communication.

People of both political parties can live in a very "diverse" city and not be bothered by all the different stripes.
However they do not want to live in areas where no one speaks English.
Unlike many previous groups who gave their kids American/English names and insisted their kids learn our language, now many come here are try to make us learn theirs.

I still remember back when I was a kid working in a grocery store and this woman kept speaking/complaining in Spanish. However none of us understood what her issue was. She then found someone to interpret and had the nerve to tell us "we shouldn't be allowed to have a job if we could not speak Spanish" .
She felt entitled to come to our country and decide we needed to change to suit her preferences, not the other way around.

That is what most people object to. I actually know a few people living in heavy brown areas and they cannot find a job (even at skilled labor like A/C repair) because they are not bi-lingual. Yet they say many brown people who cannot speak English are hired anyway (probably be cause they will work for less).
The point is that this is America, and if people want to legally immigrate here fine. But learn to speak our language, not demand we speak theirs.


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Uh huh. Yet this thread is about hearing a foreign language in public.
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