Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

English, Anyone?

Theodore Roosevelt was the governor of New York when the Republican Party selected him to run for Vice-President in the national election of 1900. Although the GOP won, Roosevelt served less than a year in that office. The president, William McKinley, was assassinated in 1901 and Teddy was elevated to into the Presidency.

During his term, he contributed much to the country. Among his many achievements, he, an avid hunter, introduced our successful conservation program which brought many species of wildlife from near extinction to healthy populations. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 for his part in the Treaty of Portsmouth which ended the Russo-Japanese War. Unlike our president, Roosevelt earned his prize.

T.R. was a patriot and a statesman unlike some of our professional politicians of today. He truly loved this country and appreciated the need for honest and legal immigration. In a speech in 1907, he said this. "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room but for one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is the loyalty to the American people."

How refreshing! How he unified the country! Would that he be here today, we wouldn't have the mess we find ourselves in now. We wouldn't have Africa-Americans, Native-Americans, or (fill-in-the-blank) - Americans. We would all be Americans. Period. And we wouldn't be rushing to welcome millions of illegal aliens into citizenship just to perpetuate a particular political party either. And, most of all, we would have made English our official language.

Let's take one subject at a time. First, our language problem. No one is against our speaking foreign languages. But since English has been our commercial language for centuries, it matters greatly that English be the official and only language which is printed and used for all important documents in our lives. Although 92% of Americans speak English and 82% of Americans believe that English should be a requirement for U.S. Citizenship and 31 states have made English their official language, America, as a nation, has not.

The subject has come up, but our liberal senators have voted it down. Who, you may ask? The same ones who vote for more gun control. Why? Several reasons. One is they don't want to lose the Latino vote. Another is pressure from the ACLU, bilingual education bureaucrats, various radical ethnic separatists and our ever-present leftwing lawyers. So, instead of uniting us, these anti-Americans continue to drive us further apart. Also included in the mix is the present administration's divide and conquer scheme.

One of the most serious effects of multiculturalism is the financial problem. We spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to print voting ballots, tax forms, driving licenses, schoolbooks and many other documents into Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and many other languages. Even the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is actually suing organizations including The Salvation Army for requiring their employees to speak English in their everyday business transactions.

One thing we don't want is to become bi- or multi- lingual like Canada. There, everything that is printed - everything - must be printed in French and English. There are speech police patrolling streets checking on signs and notes like "out to lunch" that may appear in public places but are not bi-lingual. The writers of these are fined. This is a major source of irritation and friction. I know. I lived there for six years. This is not for us. It is also our flawed multi-lingual policies that have allowed millions of illegals to vote in the last election, canceling out the honest votes of American citizens.

But there's hope. Congressman Steve King of Iowa has introduced Bill H.R. 997, The English Language Unity Act that is working its way through Congress and it needs our support.

Next, our immigration problem. We have been going through a serious argument over immigration and what to do with the 20 to 30 million illegal aliens who have infiltrated our borders. One suggestions made by a bipartisan group of senators called "the gang of eight" is being touted by Senator Marco Rubio (R) of Florida. Rubio is a smart young man who has a bright future in politics. It's unfortunate that he collaborated with Senator Charles Schumer (D) of New York. Schumer is a liberal with a poor record.

He has been a thorn in the side of decent citizens for decades. He is an avid anti-gunner who constantly puts his political party ahead of his country.

His recommendations have always been suspect. As a congressman he missed more votes than he made.

He was constantly standing in front of a camera re-electing himself. When he was somehow elected to senate, his colleagues had to dress him up in a suit and necktie and teach him some manners. I know. I lived in a suburb of New York City for the first 35 years of my life. I followed his career very carefully.

During that time, I was heavily involved in hunting and competitive rifle and pistol competition. That included small-bore (.22 cal), big-bore (.30 cal.) rifle, and three caliber (.22, .38 and .45 cal) handgun programs. For about 20 years, my teammates and I traveled all over the U.S., the National Competitions at Camp Perry, Ohio and even once to Europe to shoot (we won). And in business, because of my background in firearms, I became the gun buyer for the J.C. Penney Company for a short time they were in the sporting goods business. Needless to say, guns were very important to me.

The more I promoted hunting and safe, responsible and legal shooting practices, the more Schumer fought me. He became my arch-enemy. This took place during the 50's, 60's and 70's and he's still spewing his venom. He is a perfect example of why we should have term limits for politicians.

The problem here is that Schumer is the main author of S.744, referred to as the Schumer-Rubio Amnesty Bill. I pulled it up and made an honest effort to read it. It was impossible. It's 844 pages long and filled with gibberish. Why? It's deliberately misleading and confusing so that it can be later interpreted to mean anything a crooked politician wants it to. Those who are better at legalese than I am say that it's a total fraud built on lies and misinformation... that it's similar to a previous amnesty law that did nothing for the country. At that time, during the Clinton administration, Clinton and VP Al Gore ran a program called Citizenship USA. The goal was to add millions of voters to the Democrat Party who would reelect them in 1996.

Later, leaked information from Gore's office revealed that, to speed up the process, he ordered the INS to wave all background checks. Democrats don't seem to care who comes into this country as long as they get voting privileges.

Schumer has often said that immigration must lead to citizenship - the sooner the better- because of the all important votes. But S.744 has some flaws. It doesn't complete the fence project along the Mexican border. It pardons criminal aliens. It adds customs agents, not border patrol agents. It doesn't cover east and west coastlines or even enemies who can come through the northern border. It authorizes The Department of Homeland Security to overlook illegal practices.

But one of the main reasons many law makers are against this bill is because it's just plain unfair to those immigrants who are waiting their turn to come here legally.

This amnesty bill will also flood the labor market making it harder for American workers to find jobs. The fact that some Republicans were added to the group was just to make it look more legitimate. There must be a better way.

Vince Vella lives in Minden. He may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .






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