In the beginning…
- Sweden founded Delaware, so Swedish was spoken there,but Swedish did not become our de facto national language.
- The Dutch founding New York, therefore Dutch was spoken in that colony, but Dutch did not become our de facto national language.
- Down in Florida, along with numerous indigenous languages, Spanish was the ruling language, because Spain controlled that part of our future national real estate. In fact, Spanish was the ruling language since 1513, 94 years before the first English settlement in Jamestown. Spanish did not become our de facto national language.
- German settlements dominated Pennsylvania, but German did not become our de facto national language (rumors to the contrary are untrue).
- Guess which language ruled Louisiana and Texas from around 1682. French, but French did not become our de facto national language.
- There were a number of languages spoken by indigenous people – none became our de facto national language.
- Among other people groups who settled on our present day countries shores included the Welsh who spoke Welsh, the Italians who spoke Italian and Irish who spoke Irish Gaelic. None of these became our de facto national language.
- Here in Texas we have settlements of Czechoslovakians, Danes, Swedes and Germans, but here, again, not one their languages became our de facto national language.
Back in the day, one Benjamin Franklin, surrounded by German-speaking Pennsylvanians, feared German language and customs would prevail, thereby destroying our English-speaking nirvana. He feared those of “swarthy complexion” would dumb down America. The irony? Franklin published a German-language newspaper.
317 million souls make up our present population. Of this number 35 million speak Spanish, just over 11% of the whole. According to one survey, approximately 80% speak only American English and 95% consider themselves somewhat fluent in our de facto language.
What’s the time? Oh, yeah: It’s the Year of our Lord 2014 and look what’s happening all over again. Here come the let’s-make-American-English-the-official-language people. How in the world did we ever become the most successful, the most productive, and the most generous nation in all history without an “official language”. If an official language was key to success, Puerto Rico would be the wealthiest territory in all of the United States of America. (PR has two official languages: Spanish and English)
What Is American English?
According to the Global Language Monitor, there are 1,025,109.8 words in the American English language. “Web 2.0” holds distinction of being the one millionth word. The Monitor says we “create a new word every 98 minutes or about 14.7 words per day”. Yes, our English ancestors generally share our vocabulary, but American English holds title to “most verbose” of all languages.
Regarding Nobel Peace Prizes per capita, the U.S.A. ranks 15th of 75 nations. Our Constitution has endured 226 years, unmatched anywhere in the world.
Despite the false claims of the fascists who promote the single-payer goal of our leftist president and his Democrat sycophants, America leads the world in medical innovation.
America still leads the world in all classes of innovation, ahead of Germany, Japan and China.
Among international language students, English is the most sought after second language. Americans eager to learn a second language pursue Spanish and French. As recent as 2006 “there were roughly 823,000 American students enrolled in Spanish courses–accounting for 52% of all enrollments–according to the Modern Language Association (MLA).”
If making American English the official language of our country can’t improve our global standing in every category, why the push for it now?
Answer: Xenoglossophobia – fear of foreign languages.
As King Solomon wisely said, “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” – Ecclesiastes. 1:9 NLT
A renewed push to make American English our official language serves to divide our nation. To my knowledge, not one neoconservative decries Dutch, French or German. Spanish-language speakers, these are the people they fear.
For the record, I am functionally bilingual, English primary, Spanish secondary.
Learning languages is enjoyable for me, nigh impossible for most. “If they’re going to live here, they ought to learn to speak English” – I hear this often. This oft spoken complaint masks a fear of foreign language-speaking people, principally Spanish speaking people.
The chief reason American English is the most commonly spoken language in our country is it is the language that facilitates personal success.
Current immigration law requires applicants to speak English, EXCEPT when applicant is
- Age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years (commonly referred to as the “50/20” exception).
- Age 55 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years (commonly referred to as the “55/15” exception).
Learning a new language becomes progressively more difficult with age. To my fellow Texans and U.S. Citizens who fear Spanish will overtake American English I say, “Chill out”, stop alienating Spanish speaking immigrants. Welcome them with open arms.
As founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
Democrats on the left strive to divide us along ethnic lines, they don’t need help from Republicans.