Years ago, I took a philosophy class in college where we discussed the political and social questions of a "national" language for the United States. As you can imagine, there was absolutely no consensus.
Then as now, I know I'm not for a national language. I think it sort of defeats the purpose. You know, the whole "land of the free" thing. They come here to be free, not forced into a mold that is stamped "average American" on the side.
I'm seeing lots of reporting on this subject and others that lie along the same vein. This has especially been stirred up by Arizona.
'This Is Alabama. We Speak English.'
'Arizona Is The Meth Lab Of Democracy' (VIDEO)
The Arizona of 2010 Is the Alabama of 1963
Obviously there are a lot of sore feelings about these issues on both sides. I'm not saying I know the solution (or even a solution). All I'm saying is, these are not new issues. This has been floating around for a loooooong time. Much longer than that class I took 20 years ago.
Part of being a member of the Land of the Free is not only having the right to question things, but having the responsibility to question. I'm glad these issues are being discussed. I just wish people would leave off rhetoric and discuss things more rationally (pipe-dream, I know).
I'm still not certain where I stand on these issues. I'm torn and divided, much like our country. Maybe we both can find a consensus within us at some point.