Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Congress Assimilates, Immigrants Don't

Whilst the American people continue to sit idly by, their country is being fundamentally altered around them. No nation can survive once its borders dissolve; no culture can assimilate an ending stream of aliens who have no intention of adopting the culture of the country they are invading. More evidence of this comes from the US Congress, which conducts an ever increasing amount of business in Spanish.
It has not yet replaced English, but increasingly, Spanish is becoming a requirement to work in the halls and make laws on the floor of the US Congress.

With a few prominent senators daring to address their colleagues in Spanish, others taking Spanish lessons, and many more legislators adding Spanish speakers to their communications teams, the language spoken by the largest minority group in the United States has a solid foothold in the halls of power here.

Spanish has become so important that the Republican leader in the Senate, Bill Frist, who has presidential aspirations, began studying Spanish and dared to record in Spanish a political statement on the contentious Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), in his unmistakable Tennessee accent.

"Many politicians are studying Spanish. It is a phenomenom that reflects the demographic, cultural and political reality of the country," said Michael Shifter of Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based research institute.

"The trend of speaking Spanish will increase over the next few years," not only inside Congress but also in public, Shifter said.

Shifter jokes that "Soon no one will speak English in Congress."
Gee, isn't that funny? Nice to see that America's legislators have no regard whatsoever for American territorial or cultural integrity.


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