Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Winging It

Yesterday morning in Powder Springs, Georgia, Obama made a few off-the-cuff comments. Well, no, not off-the-cuff -- that suggests some sort of note-taking, which would mean preparation and organization. Off the top of his head:
Eh eh, I don't understand ... when ... people are goin around worrying about, "We need to have English-only." Th-they want to pass a law, "We want just, uh, we want ... English-only." Now I agree that immigrants should learn English. I agree with that. But ... but understand this. Instead of worrying about whether ... uh, immigrants can learn English -- they'll learn English -- you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. [You should be thinking about, how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language.]

Yo, it's embarrassing ... it's embarrassing when, when, uh, Eu, when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe, and and eh uh uh all weez can say is, "Merci beaucoup." Right?

[You know, no, I'm serious about this. We should understand that our young people, if you have a foreign language, that is a powerful tool to get a job. You are so much more employable. You can be part of international business. ...]
Well. First. It's so sleazy. So sneaky. That is, if it's on purpose. If not, he is an utter fool. Otherwise, contemptible. Did you notice it? "English only." There is no reputable movement in the United States to "have English-only." Who would want such a thing. What we want is to have ballots in English. Only. Only citizens may vote, and the only citizens who should vote are those who are informed. They should be informed from many sources, but one of them must be that very mainstream media that is intelligible to all of us. People who vote, who have a stake in the culture and society, should actually be a part of that culture. Not of some other.

It's like Sharia law. Not allowed here. Y'see, when you pull of stakes and move to a distant land, you are losing more than a place of residence. You are giving up a significant part of the convenience and conventions of your culture. The man in North Carolina, I think it was, who honor killed his daughter. Pakistani. He did it to preserve the honor of his family. No. He left his islamic right to enforce family honor back in his home village. Here, he, and they, and we, must conform to the laws of this land. To its culture. No one can come here and expect otherwise. You cannot bring in your tuberculosis, your bird flu, your honor killing, your selling caged pigeons on streetcorners. You cannot turn America into a Third World country. A major tool in this is, English.

Some don't actually come here for freedom. They come here for money, which is a sort of freedom. But they just want to transfuse wealth into the corpse of their own custom, a sort of gilding of feces. The trade-off however isn't just selling labor for wages. It is also conforming to the minimal requirements of our culture. One requirement: don't honor kill your daughter. Another: if you exploit the infrastructure, do not expect it to conform to your backwardness. It's not only a commercial transaction; it's a social one, and you have obligations. English is one of them. Obligations, of course, are matters of courtesy, and depend on integrity. They fall short of responsibility -- so my hierarchy has it.

By framing it as he did, Obama slanders America. We do not wish to take anyone's language away. His grotesquely sloppy oratory strongly implies that we would. Bad old America.

He uses the word "immigrant." Liar. We have a department of immigration, through which "they" have not passed. They are not immigrants. Invaders, nomads, transients -- illegals.

"They'll learn English." Liar. Some will. Some won't. How do I know? I was a teacher for many years in East LA. Entirely Spanish-language background. Nothing wrong with that. All the kids I taught had English. I didn't of course teach ESL, or in Spanish. But the parents. You will not tell me. I will tell you. Many many parent-teacher conferences, conducted via a translator. Kids, bilingual. Parents, not. Liar.

" need to make sure your child can speak Spanish." Because there will come a day when there are no borders, Mr. Obama? Please acquaint yourself with the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

"We the People of the United States." An exclusionary phrase. Nationalistic. Selfish. "A more perfect Union." A Union is the opposite of the borderless utopia Mr. Obama secretly yearns for. "To ourselves and our Posterity." Not to Mexico.

"You need to make sure your child can speak Spanish." How utterly inept. What a fool. Bush's sound bytes were just about a mispronounced word. It's Obama's ideas, blurted out like he has Tourette's, only so much more vulgar because he means them. Barack, you need to make sure you take care of the business of an elected official serving in the Senate of the United States. You need to understand that a dictator orders citizens. A leader provides an example. Obama grew up speaking another language, common in Indonesia. Bully for him. Has he learned another? No? Then he should shut the hell up about what we need to do, and most especially about how we should raise our children. There are no government child-raising compounds quite yet. We'll exclude Head Start.

"You know, it's embarrassing ... and all we can say..." Cuz they're so good and we're so stupid, y'see. It's embarrassing. The poor Obamas, Mr. and Mrs., so so embarrassed, so unproud of this country. How can they even stand it? Never mind the fact that English is the language of "international business". Never mind that there is a major incentive to learn English, and only a personal one to learn some other language. Sorry to say it, but we already speak the language that everyone should speak. Obama doesn't get this, because he thinks we should all be speaking Spanish. At least something not-American.

"You know, no, I'm serious about this." Yes, there's no doubt about that. It's very clear. We have learned that it's what you say when you're off-script -- your eloquent, carefully crafted scripts -- that we can believe. The um-ing, the uh-ing, the stammering, the slow, slow, ponderous pronouncements when you have to actually think about what you're saying -- this it what the Dems have pushed to the front of the line -- a handsome, well-spoken black man who has no idea that is not already vetted by the leftists who pay for his campaign.

If he weren't black, he wouldn't be in the running. A token president. Lord. There are so many qualified black men, women. Why does it have to be this one? What does he think he will actually bring to the office? What relevant skill has he ever demonstrated? It's not all talking, sir. Good thing, too, because the more we hear, the more you're sounding like a community college associate professor of something easy, all about untestable theories. Philosophy, maybe, or ethnic studies.

Ah well. Just wanted to get that off my chest. Stressful day. Thanks for listening. Or should I say merci beaucoup.


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