Saturday, June 19, 2010

Oklahoma Officially English?

I was curious to what questions are going to be put on the ballot this November here in Oklahoma and came across this one that I thought was interesting.

State Question 751, if approved, would make English the official language of the state of Oklahoma.

The question will read as such:
"This measure amends the Oklahoma Constitution. It would add a new Article 30. This amendment states that English is the common and unifying language of the state. All official actions of the state would be in English, except as required by federal law. No one would have a cause of action against an agency or subdivision of the state for failure to provide actions in any other language. The amendment could not be construed to diminish or impair uses of Native American languages. The Legislature would be able to enact related laws."

Personally, I am all for this measure and will definitely be voting yes. The only think I don't like about the way the question is worded is the part where it says "except as required by federal law." Whatever happened to state sovereignty?

Interestingly enough, the Department of Justice advised our Attorney General that if the VOTERS APPROVED this measure, that the state MIGHT lose federal funding.

Bring it on! How about you cut our funding we stop supplying the rest of the country with oil. See how long that lasts. Course, nobody in our state government probably has the balls to do something like that.

However, both Senators Coburn and Inhone, as well as some of our U.S. Congressmen came down on the Department of Justice for singling our state out for reduction of funding (considering other states have already passed this type of legislation).

According to a SoonerPoll.com poll taken in January of this year, 83% of the peopled polled approve of this measure.

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