Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Results of Recent Poll: English the Official Language

It looks like the aye's have it on this poll.

I recently conducted a poll where the question was asked 'Do you think English should be made the official language of the United States?'

70% of those that voted think yes and I agree with them. I think that if you are going to move and live and work and go to school in this country, it should be expected that you speak our language.

For instance, no school in another country is going to take time out of their schedules and time away from the majority of the students so that they can help out someone that does not speak the native language.

You want to live here. Assimilate. Learn the language. I am tired of having to hear an operator ask me if I want to press 2 for Spanish.


  1. I had a couple of motivations for voting "no."

    First, I think that the last thing we need from the federal government is more regulations.

    Second, I think it's pretty nifty that there are some states that do things in two languages. Hawaii has two official languages: Hawaiian and English. Things happen in French in Louisiana and in Spanish in New Mexico. I think that having lots of languages and groups of people is part of what makes the USA interesting.

    I think that if states want to pass their own laws regarding official languages, that's fine and dandy. I think the federal government should stay out of *most things,* this included.

  2. I'm sorry I missed your poll, but I would like to cast a double Chicago vote(s) in favor of the obvious... because apparently to some, the obvious isn't enough reason enough.

    Emily... you've got a lot bigger things to worry about the Federal government regulating than whether you have to press "one" to speak in the language that they asked you to press one in.

    The federal government take over of private industries one after the other is far far more destructive and a threat to your personal freedom than speaking English in my opinion....

    ...but I could be wrong.

  3. Emily:

    I am more than happy with allowing the states to pass their own laws, including laws regarding establishing an official language.

    However, in the case of making English the official language of the United States, I think this transcends the states. I think this is something that has to be made national, otherwise there would be no consistency among the states.

    All countries have an official language. Some have large majorities of other language speaking people but they still have an official language.

    I think this is one of those cases where the United States should follow suit.

    I agree that the federal government should stay out of a lot of things however I think this is something the federal government should get involved in because it is closely related to something the government should be doing. Controlling illegal immigration.

    The point I am making here is that if you have an official language that illegal immigrants can not speak, you have less chance of these illegal immigrants doing things like taking jobs away from American people or being able to apply for social services that are meant for American citizens.

    There I have said my peace on that matter.


    You are correct that the federal takeover of private industry is way more of a concern than whether or not we speak English or officially or not.

  4. I didn’t vote on purpose because I don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other. While I agree that people moving to this country should learn the language, I don’t that making English the official language will make that happen any faster or in any greater numbers than it already does. Besides, we have much bigger fish to fry at the moment than this one.

  5. I do agree with you Dave. I think we have a lot of other things that are more important than this issue.

    Things like making sure this current health care reform bill does not get passed.

    Things like tax reform. This is something that is desperately needed.

    In the area of immigration reform even I think there are things that are more pressing like securing our borders and keeping undesirables out of our country in the first place.

    However, I still think that declaring English as our official language is something that should at least be looked into and talked about.