I haven’t seen the latest “GOP English only bill”, but have to say that ALL “official” documents, and signage in the U.S. should be “English only”. Vietnamese, Italians, Germans, even the French, have to learn “our” language to get along. Those who do NOT learn enough English to “get by” in society, do NOT “get by” in the society if they don’t understand it’s basic language. English is spoken in every airline control tower in the world. English IS the language of commerce around the world, as recent “activity” in Japan has shown.
Culturally, it DOES need to be recognized that in Southwest, with many cities named in Spanish, and recognizing the Spanish DID settle a good deal of the U.S. centuries BEFORE the “English speakers”.
But the language of prior “conservative” attempts to write legislation, have shown a clear bigotry, period. That is NOT what such a bill should accomplish.
As the Continental Congress DID establish that English should be the national language, NOT German, there is precedent.
Apr 12, 2017