I am by nature a live and let live kinda person. Laid back, non-judgemental etc etc. I usually do not get worked up over the things that just are and I can not change.
Until recently. I am not sure why this is happening now. My theory is that since I am done having kids and don’t have to worry about getting knocked up or being knocked up, or diapers and formula and sleep deprivation, I have a lot more free space in my brain to contemplate things outside the realm of my home and family. Just a thought but whatever it is I am surprised sometimes when I feel strongly about something and an overwhelming need to take a stand.
I am not a fanatic or out to change the world, I just want to speak my mind. It’s America the First Amendment says I can. So I am not out to offend anyone, just exercising my rights.
Where I live, immigration and the problem of illegal aliens are touchy subjects. Everyone seems to have an opinion, I have not heard many middle ground thoughts. Of course having been a person of the middle ground on lots of other things I can honestly say those of the middle ground tend to not speak out much. I am not opposed to people wanting to come here. I am not even greatly opposed to those that cross the border illegally to escape oppression if they find a way to become legal very quickly.
What pisses me off is that they come here and they don’t want to assimilate. They want to keep all of their own culture intact including their language. And while that in itself is not odd, the fact that it is then expected that the people of the United States of America, the legal true citizens find a way to cater to this stubborn refusa decidedly is. And more irritating is that we do.
Historically, it is my understanding, that people of different cultures and countries have immigrated to America at times that life in their own countries was of less than desirable quality. They came to seek their fortunes, to be part of the American dream. It is the main reason I’m sure that America is called the melting pot. And while it’ true that each culture retained much of its heritage and that the first generation of immigrants were not always open to learning English, there was no doubt that it was the language of this country. To survive and thrive here, you had to know it.
To be an American citizen your first language is now English regardless of what your native tongue is. It’s a melting pot because our forefathers melted in. Added their unique qualities and traditions and perfected the blend by learning the common language.
The latest wave of immigrants from the south has made it more of an emulsion. Oil and Water. We all know they mix but do not stay that way. Please someone explain to me how in order for me to be productive anymore , I have to learn Spanish? Job openings which are few these days anyhow, state, bilingual required. I go places and can not understand what anybody around me is saying.
My kids come home with papers, newsletters, information even homework sheets that are printed also in Spanish. I am not talking on the same paper. I found out about this by mistake. My daughter brought home the wrong homework packet and when I looked at it and asked why it was in Spanish was told that it was Jose’s and he can’t speak English –in the second grade mind you– I nearly lost it. How many tax payer dollars are being wasted on the extra supplies and manpower to do that?
Please tell me why when I make a phone call, I am instructed to press 1 for English. Are they mad? There shouldn’t be any other option. And we all know it’s not a list of possible languages, it is one other language and caters to those that feel above learning the language of the country they now call home. It irritates the crap out of me.
Go apply for public assistance and there are more spanish only speaking applicants than anything else (not necessarily fact backed by solid numbers but my observation of course). I am sorry but if you want to benefit from the offerings of my country, if you want to educate your children in the same schools mine are, that is fine with me but SPEAK ENGLISH. This catering is wussiness probably brought about by the democrats and is Hooey Bunk!!! If all the immigrants of history had been treated this way, this wouldn’t be the great country it is today. Doesn’t anybody get that? If you don’t make it uncomfortable for them, they won’t take the initiative.
And I do apologize to the people I know have immigrated here and have learned the language and melted in. I know that you are getting heat for simply having come from Mexico and the thing is I bet most of you feel the same way.
Let’s see if we keep on this path if in oh 10 years this part of the US isn’t a little Mexico. I am tired of feeling bad because I habla porquita….if you don’t habla english you ought to feel bad enough to learn. Or go home. There. I said it.
This all came to a head this morning when I went to access my thoughts to see what was brewing for a topic and the voice in my head said
Please press 1 for English.
Are you f*cking kidding me?