The liberals greatest failure has always been the attempt to appease everyone. Abraham Lincoln said it simply - "You can't please all the people all the time." But this doesn't stop another Democrat from trying. Nancy Pelosi is now trying to force the Salvation Army to drop its requirement that their employees speak English in the US.
Pelosi's latest appeasement attempt is described in a "John Fund on the Trail" article (Mi Casa, Sue Casa) in the on-line OpinionJournal of the Wall Street Journal.
It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens. Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army.The attempt to claim an employer is guilty of Discrimination if employees are required to conduct business in English is a twisted perversion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, a moderate Republican from Tennessee, is dumbstruck that legislation he views as simple common sense would be blocked. He noted that the full Senate passed his amendment to shield the Salvation Army by 75-19 last month, and the House followed suit with a 218-186 vote just this month. "I cannot imagine that the framers of the 1964 Civil Rights Act intended to say that it's discrimination for a shoe shop owner to say to his or her employee, 'I want you to be able to speak America's common language on the job,' " he told the Senate last Thursday.An employee who can speak any foreign language in addition to English is an asset, and in today's society sometimes a necessity. But the ability to Conduct business in English should be a primary requirement for employment. Unfortunately we have not made English the Official Language of America. Yet we label all languages other than English a Foreign Language?
This error has helped to make all Americans feel a lack of National Identity. National language is one of the Basic characteristic of a society. It makes that country unique, and it binds that society and its people together in a shared characteristic identity. Members of the Hispanic Caucus in Congress do not agree.
"If it is not relevant, it is discriminatory, it is gratuitous, it is a subterfuge to discriminate against people based on national origin," says Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas ...If discrimination against people based on national origin is illegal, as Representative Gonzalez claims, what about those of us who are of American origin and grew up speaking English?
The late Albert Shanker, head of the American Federation of Teachers, once pointed out that public schools were established in this country largely "to help mostly immigrant children learn the three R's and what it means to be an American, with the hope that they would go home and teach their parents the principles in the Constitution and the Declaration that unite us."For National Unity we need to pass a National Language Law which establishes English as the only Official Language of the USA.
Mr. Alexander says that noble effort is in danger of being undermined: "We have spent the last 40 years in our country celebrating diversity at the expense of unity. One way to create that unity is to value, not devalue, our common language, English."Here, Here!!