Introduction The debate on whether the United States should declare English as its official language has been a topic thoroughly discussed among the halls of Congress for some time now. It is an issue that affects millions of individuals and has implications that may not be entirely known to those that it most seriously affects. Currently, there are 23 states that have declared English as the official language of their respective states. However, for the majority of these states this declaration is viewed as symbolic, comparable to selecting a state flower.
Does official English advance the former or later? Censusby providing a common means of communication. But, it is another thing entirely for a citizen to demand these services as a right.
Official English has nothing to do with discrimination. People from every race come to the US and learn to understand the American dialect of English. Suggesting learning English is too hard for some is racist.
Suggesting that learning English is easy for some races and difficult for other races is, itself, racist.
Anybody can learn English. It is not too high of a burden to ask them to do so in order to live in the United States. Choice exists to learn language; Official English not discrimination. Real forms of discrimination aim at the inherent characteristics of an individual that they cannot change such as their skin color or national origin.
But, language is different, as an individual can choose to learn English. If they feel disadvantaged because they are not able to read government documents, ballots, or defend themselves in court, it is fully their choice to change this by learning English.
Too many languages for right to govt services in own language. There are over three hundred languages spoken in the United States. Giving all of those individuals, in all of those different languages, the right to demand government services in their own language is preposterous.
If we give Spanish speaking people this right, we would naturally have to extend the right to all the other some-odd languages and those that speak them.
This would unreasonably burden government services, adding a huge layer of bureaucracy and costs. Even then, inevitably, somebody with some obscure language will find that their "right" to have services provided to them in their own language will not be adequately fulfilled at some government facility.
This is a bad combination in public policy; a right that cannot be provided adequately that nevertheless adds billions of dollars in extra costs for US government and taxpayers.
Switzerland has four official languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh.
All four languages have equal status and children are educated in the language spoken in the region where they live. And, Switzerland is a country that has very strong unity and economic functionality.While the debate dates back as far as the s, members of Congress are still attempting to pass bills regarding this today.
Unlike the majority of the countries in the world, as of now, the United States does not have an official language. The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, The debate on whether the United States should declare English as its official language has been a topic thoroughly discussed among the halls of Congress for some time now.
It is an issue that affects millions of individuals and has implications that may not be entirely known to those that it most seriously affects.
But don’t feel bad, the vast majority of people would answer that English is the official language of the United States of America. English is the de facto language since, at this point, it is the most widely spoken language in the nation.
As the official language, the English language shall be used for all public acts including every order, resolution, vote, or election, and for all records and judicial proceedings of the Government of the United States and the governments of the several States. The Great Debate Signing of the United States Constitution by Junius Brutus Stearns, oil on canvas The transition from the Articles of Confederation to the United States Constitution wasn't a seamless one, and fixing the problems of the Articles of Confederation required a series of lengthy debates both during and after the convention.