i will admit my previous post was written in a not-so-clear-headed state but...
English is the USA's native language
there are millions of lucky genocide survivors who may dispute this. may i suggest the wikipedia article Indigenous languages of the Americas
, particularly the section Greenland, Canada & USA
the usa [thanks for mexico hint pfe1223] does not
have an official language. the article Languages in the United States
is also an interesting read.
just like French is in France
not so [see above].
so it frustrates me when i find a package with 4 different languages on it when it is made in the USA
why does it frustrate you? does it not make you want to learn another language? are you compelled to read all four before opening the packet?
people who come to this country should learn the language of the country
what? all 336 of 'em? or just the eight official ones?
like if I moved to Japan, I would at least attempt to learn Japanese
well, i am moving to catalunya soon, so i am cramming spanish and making tentative steps with catalan. it remains the case that when i do move, my english will still be better than my spanish which will be better than my catalan. would two or three language packaging help me? you bet your life.
if i understand you correctly here: everyone should learn the
language, but you want to remove a major aid to learning everyday useful vocabulary. gonna get rid of english/spanish, and english/vietnamese dictionaries too? this is a ridiculous proposition. have you every tried to learn another language?
anyone who says the are an American and something else is not an American
how long has this been the case? my reading of usofamerican history in the colonial/post-colonial era is based
on fuzzy/multiple/mixed/confused identity. and that doesn't even address the issue of indigenous peoples.
why do you think we are falling apart, a great number of the people living here consider themselves French, or German, or Russian, ect. There is no real sense of national unity anymore.
you say that like it's a bad thing. strikes me you're frightened of diversity.
And that snippet abou the "Bill of Rights" was just a sleezy way to twist my words
not my words. but how useful or truthful that bill is depends on where your sat as far as i can see. an important document certainly, but worth only marginally more than the paper it's written on for the majority of usofamericans for the majority of the usa's history. if this were not the case, how do you explain the systematic deprivation of black people's 'inalienable' right to vote from the end of the civil war [because of course, they were only part-people before that!] until [let's be charitable] the civil rights movement? [later in florida obviously :-)]
and abot the Army...
I would not go and fight for the USA now, there is no longer any pride in being a citizen, but I do respect those who belive that the US can be saved, and are willing to put their lives on the line for that hope
and when was this hypothetical time when you would? really... i'm interested.
the usa is beyond 'saving' in this sense. i am sad to say that most of those who are willing are predominantly forced [by dint of economic circumstance, for example], duped or deluded.
and I dont know if some admin deleted my account
i know not. wasn't me.
but if you are going to talk about freedom of speech then practice it
i mentioned freedom of speech zero times. i don't believe in 1st amendment-style freedom of speech as it goes [i told you i wasn't a liberal].
if i want to say homosexuality is wrong then respect what i say
i will take each thing you say on merit and tell you when i think you're talking rubbish. on this topic i think you're not only talking rubbish, but are flatout wrong. i don't respect what you say on this.
and dont call me a non-human rights person
again, not my words.i do however have to point out there's a distinctly unpleasant undercurrent to what you're saying.
question: which state do you live in?