Saturday, May 22, 2010
National Maritime Day
[1843 - First wagon train departs Independence, Missouri, bound for Oregon]
Congress periodically trots out timeworn legislation designed to make English the official language of the USA. If the worthies camped on Capitol Hill had taken notice, they would know that for some time now English has been the universally accepted language of commerce and diplomacy. This occurred not because of any act of Congress, but rather because our great nation came to dominate the global economy and emerged victorious from the Cold War.
It is ironic that the same political leaders who seek to mandate the official language for the United States of America profess a belief in the free-market economy, and say they stand for individual choice and liberty. If they really believed in these concepts, they would trust English to prevail in the free marketplace of ideas. Yet another act of US xenophobia and thinly disguised racism, steeped in the post-9-11 hysteria, may only persuade the rest of the world that perhaps they should be studying Chinese instead of English.
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