Wednesday, July 09, 2008

This is it!

Below is some video that captures the EXACT MOMENT when Barack Obama lost the Presidency.



I'm just getting around to reading the Internet today and I'm sure the Right-o-Sphere is already all over this. But this is simply incredible! Obama states that there is no need for any public concern about immigrants not learning English. Instead he tells us we need to worry about teaching our children Spanish! (No doubt through the auspices of our government.) As if this wasn't bad enough he goes on to state that he's embarrassed by Americans as compared to Europeans!

My God, this man is a total moron! I had thought he had some brains in his head but clearly I was wrong. Beyond the stupidity of saying this in public is the arrogance entailed. Does he really think that he can get elected by insulting the electorate and telling us that he's embarrassed by Americans? Wow!

6 comments:

AnastasiaBeaverhausen said...

Really Outis, every European (and Asian) I know speaks more than 1 language, usually 3 or more. Nothing wrong with learning another language since most of the world isn't American. George Carlin was right - we are dumber than we are given credit for - and lazier too.

Icepick said...

Really Outis, every European (and Asian) I know speaks more than 1 language, usually 3 or more.

Oddly enough I've already dealt with this in some email. Here's what I wrote:

Besides, it is easy for a German to learn something of France, or for a Frenchman to learn something of Italy. Those are small nations that are cramped together. I’ve been in NYC and to the California desert and I live in Florida. How many Europeans have travelled those kinds of distances? (And I’ve been to California several times now, and expect to keep going there every year or two.)

Distance in Miles from Moscow to London: 1552 miles.
Distance in Miles from Orlando to Los Angeles: 3577 miles.

Provincial? That’s one goddamned big province I live in!


What it comes down to is this: Most Americans simply don't NEED to know another language. As Dave Schuler pointed out in a post on this topic, "Many Americans can travel 1,000 miles in any direction and not find that even their knowledge of Spanish (or any other language other than English) is particularly useful to them, other than in communicating with workmen they may employ." The comments are pretty good as well.

One final point: It is a helluva lost easier for most people to learn English than it is to learn Mandarin. Some languages are easier than others, and Mandarin is a bitch. I simply don't have the inclination to spend that much time learning something that I will mostly likely never get any use out of. That goes for most Americans. They would be better served learning Calculus or Statistics.

Pastor_Jeff said...

But there's still hope. I bet Michelle would be really proud of us if we all learned Spanish. And elected her husband.

AnastasiaBeaverhausen said...

Learning a new language is FUN. There is no reason to be so ethnocentric as America is a melting pot. I believe that if you come here to live that you should learn the language and vice versa, if I went to live in another country, I should learn that language fluently. Many of us have parents or grandparents who came here from other lands, became good citizens and still kept their heritages alive...what is wrong with that!

Icepick said...

Learning a new language is FUN.

Not for everyone. I would much rather learn new mathematics or science. Language is an excellect tool but for most of us learning a new language beyond age three is difficult.

There is no reason to be so ethnocentric as America is a melting pot.

Learning English isn't a matter of ethnocentricity. It is a matter of preserving cultural unity. Nations that have multiple languages tend to constantly be on the edge of falling apart. I would rather avoid another civil war.

I believe that if you come here to live that you should learn the language and vice versa, if I went to live in another country, I should learn that language fluently.

Yes. But if someone comes here from another country there is no reason for ME to learn THEIR language. Half of my ancestors gave up their language to assimilate. I don't think there has been a native speaker of German in my family since my great-to-the-fifth grandfather's children. (G^5 GF died around 1800.) I don't particularly feel the loss.

Many of us have parents or grandparents who came here from other lands

And some of us have roots in this country that stretch back before the idea of independence had even been considered. We would prefer that what's left of OUR heritage not be dumped down the sewer on behalf of recent arrivals.

...became good citizens and still kept their heritages alive...what is wrong with that!

If the native culture of these people is so damned important why did they come here in the first place? I know that many of my ancestors came here because of religious persecution. Those people came to a raw wilderness where the likelihood of being scalped or eaten by an animal was quite high. (This is not hyperbole. G^5 GF was shot by Indians, for example.) And they judged this an improvement over where they had been.

That G^5 grandfather I mentioned earlier wrote his Last Will & Testament in German, but by God all of his many children were native English speakers. If he and his wife (his wife pulled him to safety after he had been shot during an ambush and then resumed firing her own firearm) managed to teach their children English while avoiding angry natives and man-eating beasts in a wilderness that didn't even have towns, much less schools, then is it too much to ask of more recent immigrants to do the same thing with their children?

Pastor_Jeff said...

I don't think there has been a native speaker of German in my family since my great-to-the-fifth grandfather's children.

100+ years ago in St. Louis, there were German societies, newspapers, churches, and schools.

It would be an interesting historical study to discover whether any major political candidates of the period suggested that the natives should stop being provincial and learn German, and if so, whether that suggestion was received with tar and feathers or without.

But I think we can guess the answers pretty accurately without the research.