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Week #2 2/10-15, 2013 Winner - WTFrenchtoast


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wtfrenchtoast's post was nominated by So Says I

http://www.freejinger.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&p=488544#p488544

I'm very, very liberal with one exception: I think English should be made the official language of the U.S. If you cannot read, write, and speak (unless there's a physical issue) standard American English after three years of residence then, sorry, you're going back where you came from. You are free to speak your native tongue in your home, when you're out with your friends, standing in line to vote, whatever. But all signs, gov't. documents, all job applications, every everything will be in English and you will conduct your business in English. Period. Your native tongue will not be accommodated. Also, in that three years, I'm asking for competency, not fluency. Fluency takes more time, but I would expect people to constantly be striving for it.

I think that's complete and utter xenophobic bullshit. The bolded is especially disgusting. I think you forget that this country was built on the backs of immigrants, many who didn't speak "standard American English". There are pockets of the country where concentrations of other ethnic groups live and speak their own languages. They have been there for generations. Like the Dutch or German populations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Cuban population in Florida, or the Asian population in California. I think any businesses in these areas would be smart to have signs and documents and menus or whatever in the predominant language. It's just good business. An immigrant's money isn't worth any less. Not to mention tourism. And what about children who are first generation citizens. Their parents need to be able to read their school paperwork and everything. What are you going to do during your arbitrary three-year period? How are people supposed to even start the citizenship process if they can barely read English? That's ridiculous.

Anyway, in regard to the OP, I am just about as liberal as you can get. I used to claim the "fiscal conservative" label, but then I realized that doesn't really make sense. I think people should be able to marry who they want. I think I and any other woman should be able to have an abortion up to viability, no questions asked. If I could wave a magic wand and make the 2nd Amendment disappear, I would, and gladly. I hate how people bitch about welfare fraud, because at the heart of it, they aren't mad about being cheated. Otherwise they would be complaining about corporate tax fraud and every other kind. It stems from demonization of poor people and the feeling that they're less than, so they don't deserve a decent life. That upsets me, especially coming from conservatives who pretend to be "pro-life". I agree that working hard is important, but then you have posters like someone on the first page of this thread (I forget who), who want people to have to work twice over for their unemployment. People pay into "the system" their whole lives. If someone falls on hard times, they are just taking what they paid for. It's like a government sponsored insurance policy. No one talks about how people who total their cars should volunteer at the dealership to "pay off" a new one. You pay into insurance while hoping that you never need it, but if you do, it's there and you don't have to pay for it again

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