How do you kill a country? Answer: kill its language for starters.
The great philosopher Emanuel Kant said, “The two great dividers are: language and religion.”
Over the past 237 years, America struggled with its most burdensome problem: race relations. Black versus White. Not a week goes by where “racism” rears its ugly head somewhere in America. In 2013, we see tremendous disparity among whites, blacks and Latinas. Wherever one ethnic group dominates an area, racism invariably becomes a contentious factor.
While white racism dominated this country for the past 237 years since the birth of this Constitutional Republic, today European-Americans barely hold parity with Hispanics. By 2042, Caucasian America will become the new minority while Latinos will become the new majority. Middle Easterners with Arabic languages, Asians with multiple dialects, Indians, Africans of many countries and a hundred other languages will compete for dominance in their own communities where they enclave. In the 21st century, immigrants no longer care to engage in the American culture or its language.
Once a particular ethnic group becomes dominate in numbers, it becomes dominate in language. Once it becomes dominate in language, it presses for dominance in culture.
The current Senate Bill 744, giving complete amnesty to 12 to 20 million illegal aliens, assures that the United States of America will become a bilingual society if not trilingual with Arabic making greater and greater inroads into our society. You can be assured that more and more Mexican immigrants will demand Spanish in educating their children. They will demand Spanish in books, movies, radio, TV and all aspects of social media. Same with Arabic speakers!
America faces becoming two or three different societies and cultures. While it suffered and suffers from racism over the past two centuries, at least everyone spoke English. Everyone communicated in one language that all understood no matter what their race. The heralded “American Way of Life” faces deformation into “American Polyglot Chaos of Life.”
The one great falsity of S744 stems from the fact that Spanish speakers will gain such greater numbers that they will push for language equity with English speakers. Thus, we will see America fractured into two language groups. Once contesting languages erupt, we will see cultural differences escalate.
Former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm, on October 3, 2003, said, “If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let’s destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall, and that, “An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.”
“Here is how they destroyed their countries,” Lamm said. “First, turn America into a bilingual or multi lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put it this way, “The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy. Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon—all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons and Corsicans.”
ProEnglish, the nation’s leading official English advocacy group, announced today it is launching a radio ad campaign in South Carolina to expose the fact that contrary to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s repeated claims, the comprehensive immigration bill he and the members of the “Gang of Eight” recently introduced in the Senate has no requirement that illegal immigrants learn English.
“The promise that Senator Graham made on repeated occasions to South Carolina voters to the effect ‘Don’t worry, they’ll have to learn English,’ is a lie,” said ProEnglish Executive Director, Bob Vandervoort.
“There is nothing in Sen. Graham’s immigration bill that requires illegal immigrants to demonstrate any knowledge of English to qualify for amnesty, or to retain their legal status throughout their entire lives,” said Vandervoort. “They only have to demonstrate knowledge of English if they decide to apply for an immigrant visa (“Green Card”) after living here ten years. And even then all they have to show is that they have enrolled in an English-as-a-second-language (ESL) class,” he said.
“For at least ten years and perhaps for their entire lives, this huge new group of predominantly non-English speaking, former illegal immigrants will create a huge new demand for costly government services in their native language, further exacerbating the dangerous and growing division of the United States into separate cultural and linguistic communities,” Vandervoort added. “This would be an unprecedented calamity for our nation’s unity,” he said.
The fact remains that America cannot withstand nor will it survive two or more major languages competing for dominance. When languages compete so do cultures. When cultures compete, a country cannot withstand the tension, conflict of misunderstanding, friction of different natures, anxiety of being misunderstood, dread of trying to make oneself clear and apprehension of differing world views. What happens ultimately? A country’s language dies. Its identity dies. Its future dies. One look at Norway, Sweden, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark and Holland should make that reality abundantly clear.
Senate Bill 744, if it passes, will become the death knell of the United States of America.