Yesterday, an Amercian friend forwarded me this email, asking opinions about it. Brace for a sec and read please.

I am sorry but after hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Spanish – enough is enough. No where did they sing it in Italian, Japanese, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German, Portuguese, Greek, French, or any other language because of immigration. It was written by Francis Scott Key and should be sung word for word the way it was written. The news broadcasts even gave the translation — not even close. Sorry if this offends anyone but this is MY COUNTRY – IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP – please pass this along.

I am not against immigration — just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes, live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the past — and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

PART OF THE PROBLEM
Think about this: If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone—–YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM !!!!

Will we still be the Country of choice and still be America if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries that came to live in America because it is the Country of Choice??????

Think about it!

All we have to say is, when will they do something about MY RIGHTS? We’ve gone so far the other way, bent over backwards to not offend anyone, that I am now being offended. But it seems that no one has a problem with hat. This says it all! This is an editorial written by an American citizen, published in a Tampa newspaper. He id quite a job; didn’t he? Read on, please!

IMMIGRANTS, NOT AMERICANS, MUST ADAPT.
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However…… the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the “politically correct! ” crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.

I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of America being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans…..we have our own culture, our own
society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.

We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Polish, Italian, French, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society,
learn the language!

“In God We Trust” is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women…….on Christian principles…………. founded this nation….. and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home………because God is part of our culture.

If Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don’t like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don’t care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so! But once you are done complaining……. whining…… and griping ……. about our flag …… our pledge …… our national motto ……. or our way of life … I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other Great American Freedom …. THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.

It is Time for America to Speak up. If you agree — pass his along; if you don’t agree — delete it!

That is a weird piece. It makes connections between language spoken, right to call yourself a country’s citizen, God, liking a countryand the willingness or ability to speak the countries language. Hello??

I am not a US citizen and I do not live in the US. Futhermore, my mother tongue is a language spoken by 22 million people, instead of being native to one of the arguably four current world languages, being mandarin, arabic, spanish and english in that order, so my viewpoint is most definately “different”. Europe, other than the US, is padded with countries (instead of states) and many different languages (instead of Americanised English). I believe a huge factor in the devastating wars that have swept over large parts of Europe in the last 100 years has been language. Not being able to understand each other is key to alienation. Certainly, we didn’t do well there. Also, from a pure economical and social point of view, it seems not very smart to live ones live in a country, any country, when not speaking the language. It hard to socialize, hard to “fit in”, hard to get your things done.

Now, trying to move to a “swallow or choke” approach, as we call the approach the writer seems to take is very shortsighted too, if not plain stupid too. Our last, now kicked out by the voters administration tried that on immigrants (mostly from Turkey and Morocco) and it is only both responding as well as fuelling xenofobic behavior. Is not being smart, a factor for holding back citizenship? In our case, do we have a (criminal) problem with (mostly) young immigrants? Yes. Is that language related? A tad, but not much. Will a language test prevent those problems? Would flag waving and anthem singing? Keep on dreaming.

I think the writer is making an abvious mistake, and surely he’s not the only one. He is confusing being smart with abiding the law, both in the legal as well as the ethical sense. Everybody wanting to live in a country, or as far as the US goes in some matters even state, needs to abide the local law. Anyone

Let’s please give everybody, including the writer of this, the right to be stupid, either by choice, or by inability. I dare you my US friend, to learn a tad mandarin. Would be good overall for the US too, as the Chinese would not only be cherry picking on published developments in “our” world (believe me, they do understand english!), but the other way around too. If you believe that is complete BS, as we in the western world are so smart, find a few pictures of say Shanghai, or Tokyo on the Internet. If you believe it is a bit tough, I certainly concur.

BTW, over here, somebody not speaking my language but english only, will not have a hard time on anything, including socializing, with the notable exception of signs and labels. See, its easy to be nice.

It’s always risky to write about religion. But I think it has nothing to do with this subject. Feel free to disagree though. If so, I’d prefer to state that most of what we call wester society is basted on Christian-Jewish-Enlighted roots, which really REALLY goes beyond “In God We Trust”. Connecting the anthem’s language to God is the same as envisioning God as a bearded, white, man (male), with a huge book on his lap, sitting in a big chair in the skies.

A personal note: I spent a day or 3 in Tokyo about 10 years ago. I never felt so excommunicated in my life. My English brought me absolutely nowhere. So yes, it is smart to adapt to language. Smart. If not, that doesn’t make you illegal, just dumb.