CC69: ” I just don't understand why you feel you must bicker with someone who simply has a different opinion than yourself
My understanding is that this issue of an “Official Language” is interlocked with the question of assimilation of a huge number of people that live in this country and that is the greater problem, which deserves a national debate. It is extremely complex issue and with no easy solutions and I’m worried that laws will be implemented which will be formulated to try to make one political party look good or bad and not what is best for this country AS A WHOLE.
English is our national language. “An official language is a language that is given a privileged legal status in a state, or other legally-defined territory.”-Wikipedia.
Are we so insecure as a people that we need the government to tell us in which language to speak? Are the language requirements of the people of Vermont the same as California? Arizona? Iowa?
I’m sorry if my concerns appear as “bickering” or trivial to you, but I look at all forms of authority as prone to privilege and corruption.
All laws draw lines in the sand and when those lines are being drawn we should all be extra careful that those on the other side have chosen to be there and have had a complete ‘say’ in the process.
I welcome varying opinions but would like to think that they are well thought out and if they aren’t, feel the need to point out misstatements of fact or lapses in continuity.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.
Everyone is correct in his or her own opinion but when they try to impose that opinion on the actions of others I feel compelled to speak out.
I recently had a friend whom I’ve known for over 10 years say to me that he never knew if I was being condescending or insulting. My honest response to that is if I have to choose, it would be condescending because I try never to insult anyone.
I make no apologies. Snobbery, like condescension is a perception issue. If I were to “play to that poll” I would be acting dishonestly.
I once read a description of a “perfect witness”.
It said that the appropriate response to the question when pointing to a red building “What color is that building?” was “Red. On this side.”
Admittedly I will often put forward information and opinions before I’m asked, but they are always as precise and factual but suffer from perspective.
“I yam what I yam and that's all that I yam”-Popeye
My grades were always in the seedy range. I test well but have horrible deportment.