Press “1” For English In Maryland—And America

Two politicians in Maryland are now in trouble for
stating the obvious: People who work in customer service
should speak

English
. And

out-of-control multiculturalism
is to blame for the
failure to preserve

America`s common language
.

The professional victims are up in arms as
usual—demanding apologies, whining to the press, and
clamoring for government subsidies to nurse their hurt
feelings.

But for once, the truth-tellers refuse to back down.
They are role models for the rest of the nation`s
spine-deprived public officials.

It all started a few weeks ago when former governor
William Donald Schaefer walked into a McDonald`s
restaurant he had frequented regularly for years.
Schaefer, a Democrat who now works as

comptroller
under Republican governor Robert
Ehrlich, ordered the same thing every morning: hot tea
and a biscuit. After encountering difficulty with a
newly-hired worker with

poor English skills
, he quit going to the restaurant
out of frustration.

"I don`t want to

adjust to another language,”
he declared
publicly. “This is the United States. I think they
ought to adjust to us."[Transcript,

Listen
]

Who hasn`t had an exasperating experience like
Schaefer`s? In my neighborhood, I`ve run into

English-challenged
McDonald`s workers who can barely
muster a “Hi,” a “Welcome,” or even a
grunt acknowledging my existence while they fiddle with
their

dumbed-down cash registers
.

I expect my order to be wrong when I pick it up at
the

drive-through window, and
I never bother going back
to get it fixed.

At a Michael`s craft store last week, I asked an

employee
(loitering

listlessly
in the scrapbooking aisle) where the
fabrics were. “Fah-brics?” I repeated slowly and
gestured fruitlessly, drawing a rectangle in the air
with my index fingers. She shook her head in horror and
mumbled: “No understand.”

Oh, silly me.

At my local

Wal-Mart
, nationwide employer of workers of

dubious immigration status
, I listened as a
check-out lady from

Africa
blabbed endlessly in her native language to
two visitors hanging out by her station. She didn`t
bother greeting me or looking at me. When I asked for a
bag of items that she had forgotten to put in my cart,
she ignored me.

“Pardon me, can I have my bag?” I asked.

“WAH?!” she finally said with a snarl,
offended that I had interrupted her conversation.

Whatever happened to “Thank you, please come
again?”

Asked about Schaefer`s commentary, and what an arctic
blast of fresh air it was, Gov. Ehrlich provided
full-throated support.

"I reject the idea of multiculturalism,”
Ehrlich told WBAL host Ron Smith. “Once you get into
this multicultural crap, this bunk that some folks are
teaching in our college campuses and other places, you
run into a problem. With respect to this culture,
English is the language.” [Ehrlich
Calls Multiculture Idea `Bunk`
| Radio Show
Remarks Offend Latino Leaders
By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post,
May 8, 2004]

And it is under increasing assault. In the

classroom
. At the

ATM machine
. And on the phone (Pet peeve:

“For English, please press `1″)
.

The difference between past and present immigration
experience is the existence of a defiant

anti-assimilationist
lobby that encourages legal and
illegal aliens to

resist
adapting to the American way of life.

Look at our voting booths, where local and state
election officials across the country are being forced
to provide foreign-language ballots, bilingual poll
workers and voting materials to non-English speaking
people.

In March, the

Bush administration
ordered Harris County,

Texas
, to provide all voter registration and
election information and supplies, including the voting
machine ballot, in

Vietnamese
as well as English and Spanish.

So absurd is the drive to protect the rights of
“minority-language citizens”
that the little town of
Briny Breezes, Fla., was
required to publish election notices in Spanish
—even
though everyone there speaks English.

The language Balkanizers naturally attack their
opponents as racists and immigrant-haters.

Jorge Ribas, a [Republican!]
Hispanic activist,

likened Gov. Ehrlich to


Adolf Hitler
and 

Gov. George Wallace
.

Most politicians would crumple in fear and start
singing

“Kumbaya.”

But both Ehrlich and Schaefer have refused to retract
their remarks.

Befuddled professors and reporters view the
controversy as some kind of calculated political
maneuver by Ehrlich, instead of a rare outbreak of
common sense.

We could use more of it.


Plain-spoken
English is an effective antidote to

muddled multiculturalism
.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
.
Click

here
for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

here
for Michelle Malkin`s website.

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