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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Barack Obama On The Wrong Side Of America With His Spanish/English Comments

The video below is only 1 minute and 8 second long. I am going to focus on one specific portion of a Barack Obama speech where he says: (YouTube URL here)

"I don't understand when people are going around worrying about, We need to have English-only. They want to pass a law, We want English-only.

Now I agree that immigrants should learn English, I agree with that. But...but understand this.............

Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English - they'll learn English - you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish".

"You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language."

Bilingual means speaking more than one language, but Obama suggests that the second language American children should be forced to learn, is Spanish.

This puts Barack Obama on the wrong side of America, where 83 percent of Americans disagree with his ideology and his words and that was from a poll done a month before he gave that speech.

Eighty-three percent (83%) place a higher priority on encouraging immigrants to speak English as their primary language. Just 13% take the opposite view and say it is more important for Americans to learn other languages.

In his comments, Obama emphasized the economic benefits of learning a second language: “If you have a foreign language, that is a powerful tool to get a job.” Data suggests that most voters see the issue in a broader context.

A separate survey found that one factor fueling the anger over immigration is the belief that most government officials encourage immigrants to retain the culture of their home country. This helps explain why voters who are angry about immigration are primarily angry at the government, not immigrants. Among those angry about immigration, 59% believe most government officials encourage immigrants to retain their home country culture.

Here was that original survey.

Rasmussen isn't the only polling that has shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans disagree strongly with those words that Barack Obama so carelessly uttered.

In 2007 Zogby found that 83 percent of Americans favor making English the official language, including substantial majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

Chairman of U.S. English, Inc., Mauro E. Mujica, speaks to the issue, via Market Watch, and he says, "Senator Obama's idea is characteristic of an elitist mindset declaring that it is not the job of immigrants to America to learn English, but that it the job of Americans to learn the language of the immigrants. This runs counter to our proud history as a melting pot and counter to the belief of most Americans. Clearly, Senator Obama has spent too much time at the lectern instead of interacting with the American people."

"As a naturalized citizen of the United States, I am appalled by Senator Obama's comments," Mujica continued. "When I came to this country, I knew I was coming to a nation of many different nationalities, none more prized than another. I also knew that English was the unifying force between the diverse people, and that it was the language of opportunity and success.

"Nationwide, more than 25 million Americans who struggle with English, who are stuck in menial jobs and low wages because they are unable to converse with the majority of Americans. More than two million of these are native-born Americans who have come to rely on the crutch of government multilingualism. While I agree that we should encourage our children to learn additional languages, telling parents that they must enroll their children in Spanish classes is completely misguided."

Twice in the last three years, the U.S. Senate passed measures to make English the national language and to reduce multilingual entitlements. Legislation is currently pending in both the House and the Senate that would make English the official language. One bill, H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, has nearly 150 bi-partisan co-sponsors.

When Barack Obama first joined the race to become president of the US, many people declared they did not know enough about him, some even comparing him to a blank slate.

As Americans learn more of his policy positions, his ideology as well as his judgment a regarding certain associations, many are determining that his ultimate goals have nothing to do with their ultimate goals for this country.

Many that supported him simply on the basis of "change" are now starting to discover that the changes he wishes to make are not changes they want.

Expect to see portions of that video above used in GOP ads, and rightly so, and expect to see those ads to be shown in states where there is a limited Hispanic population, because it will effectively show Barack Obama as someone that is proposing something that an overwhelming majority of Americans vehemently disagree with.