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
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
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.
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
dumbed-down cash registers.
I expect my order to be wrong when I pick it up at
drive-through window, and I never bother going back
to get it fixed.
At a Michael`s craft store last week, I asked an
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
Asked about Schaefer`s commentary, and what an arctic
blast of fresh air it was, Gov. Ehrlich provided
"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]
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
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.
Most politicians would crumple in fear and start
But both Ehrlich and Schaefer have refused to retract
Befuddled professors and reporters view the
controversy as some kind of calculated political
maneuver by Ehrlich, instead of a rare outbreak of
We could use more of it.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
here for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click
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