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Date Posted: 14:38:41 04/30/06 Sun
Author: Chuck in ND
Subject: I don't know...
In reply to: Jean 's message, "National Anthem" on 09:08:57 04/29/06 Sat

this topic seems to be so centered around race, then language, then it spirals into accusations of racism, prejudice, etc. And it shouldn't start off that way.

About language--this is the US, the common language is English. That's a fact and no ammmount of name callsing is going to change that fact. Now some speak another language, great! Preserve that heritage. Dh and I both speak Portuguese. Some of our in-laws speak Portuguese. We LIKE speaking Portuguese to each other. But we also realize it's rude to speak Portuguese in front of those who can't understand it (unless it's our dc and that's the point--we don't want them to understand LOL) Every family has their own personal "lingo"--it's one of the fun things about being in a family. But we don't think everyone else should speak our lingo.

What I'm trying to say is having another language be your native tongue is a wonderful thing, something you want to preserve. But when doing business with other Americans, esp when it comes to gov business, the language we speak in English.

OK, about the Natl Anthem. Just listen to what that is--an anthem, a song of praise, a song honoring our nation. And we're a nation of English speakers. If someone wants to sing praises to the US in another language, great, but it's NOT our National Anthem. It's something else--a nice songe of praise, but NOT the anthem we all decided was our National Anthem.

What really really bugs me about all this immigration is how it's divided us. We supposed to be a melting pot fercryinoutloud! But now there are some that just don't want to melt in and they all get their hackles up and call the rest RACISTS! And now it's just degenerated into a bunch of yelling--"We're hispanic and proud of it and you're a bunch of gringos" "Give us back our country" "Mexicans go home" Even those who want to moderate on either side are screamed down into silence and all we're hearing now is the extremes and both extremes are wrong.

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  • At this day's dawning, and early light -- Deborah, 03:05:08 05/01/06 Mon

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