FREE SPEECH ZONE | “Official” English is official nonsense

The huge debate, flap, and consternation sweeping the country, making English the “official” language of various locales, states, and the nation (over 87% favor this proposal) is not only irrelevant, but also mostly nonsense.  And, there are a number of reasons why. Starting with the most obvious, the entire process seems to be a solution in search of a problem.  The fact is no real problem even exists.  Though our constitution does not call for an “official” language, currently 82% of all Americans call English their native language; and 96% of all residents of our nation claim to speak English “well”.  This leaves few of us who are not English speaking at all – and as past history would suggest, most of those are already striving to learn the language, if they intend to live, work, and participate in our nation’s culture. Additionally, 30 states, and many other government locales, already have passed laws making English, what they designate, as their “official” language. (As a side note, those who have an “official” language have no better governance than those who do not). Continue Reading