Is the USA a melting pot or the Tower of Babble? We are a nation without an official language; yes English is the defacto language right now with Spanish quickly catching up. Why is it so important to have one language that is accepted as the one that everyone, yes I said everyone can at least speak and understand?
Well let me start with a very simple example; English is the international language of commercial flying. All pilots and aircraft controllers on this planet must speak and understand English in order to communicate safely the needed commands/information to prevent accidents. Here in New Jersey the drivers test is available in ten languages for test takers. In California you can take it in thirty two languages such as Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Rumanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Turkish and Vietnamese. My question is not that those taking the test know the rules of the road, but if they cannot read English how can they safely drive? Many signs indicating dangerous road conditions are in English, as are many other signs that they need to be able to read. Thus by allowing those who can not read, never mind speak the language of the majority of those driving are in reality a hazard to everyone else on our roadways.
Let me give you another example that could be a life or death situation made even worse because the person calling in a 911 call can not communicate with the 911 operator/dispatcher in a timely manner. In many cases with a non-English speaking person can not effectively communicate what is wrong and someone either in the office must be gotten or an over the phone translation service must be used. Yes I know that many police/fire departments employ multi-language speakers, but sometimes because of budget concerns/limitations or just because it is a little used language the person calling does not get the help they need in time.
There are many more examples such as when voting, using an ATM or when calling a company and you get press this number to speak in your language. All of these accommodations are very nice things that we here in the USA are doing, but if you look at the rest of the other countries on the planet Earth they do not make these accommodations for those who do not speak the official language. Only we here have bent over backwards in political correctness to do this. Maybe we are just being too nice or is it that we are just too stupid to see that it turning this country into the Tower of Babble where no one can communicate with another because there is no common language!
You may ask why English is not the official language of the United States? The simple answer is that up until till toward the end of the 20th Century the majority of us expected/required people emigrating here to learn English. The Liberal/Progressive movement turned that on its head and started to offer official documents/tests in other languages. The children of emigrants are not being taught that they need to learn English as are their parents who tend to live with others in a world where their language is dominant and they never have to learn how to speak English.
The need for making English the official language of our country is becoming more and more a political issue rather than one of effective communication and safety. There is no reason, other than a political one that prevents all of us from being able to write and read English. Think of the money that could be saved by all tests/documents being only in this one language. Let’s stop this ridiculous idea that making English the official language is somehow discriminatory or racist.
That is my opinion- Jumpin Jersey Mike
PS Just so everyone knows- I misspelled Tower of Babel on purpose.