As I was growing up I learned that my great-grandparents on my father’s side were immigrants who fled Germany. They were originally from the Cities of Weisbaden and Stuttgart in the Bavarian Heartland. They fled Germany not to escape the Horrors of Nazism, but to find a new more profitable life in the 1890′s America that they felt had good future for their children. One of their Children was my grandfather and he spoke no English. In fact the complete family spoke only German for a few Years, and although they learned enough English to gain employment. The language spoken in their home was heir native German.
When I was old enough to spend time away from my parents they sent me every summer to spend a week with my Grandparents in Northern, Wisconsin. Grandpa and Grandma still spoke German in their home to each other when they wanted to say something they thought inappropriate to my ears, but to me they would only speak English.
When I was old enough to understand my fathers motives. I learned that he had told his parents not to try to speak German to me. I am sorry he did that, but he wasn’t interested in multiculturalism. He was concerned with my learning the language and the great culture that I was to live and work in when I “grew up”.
For this reason it is hard for this blogger to understand the way teachers, politicians and leftist leaning advocates of the bi-lingual movement keep insisting we in the United States have to accept that people who speak Spanish only, should be protected from demands from employers that people they employ speak English.
The Wall Street Journal reported on November 19th that Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Speaker of the U.S. House is trying to force the Salvation Army to hire non-English speaking people!
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, a moderate Republican from Tennessee, is dumbstruck that legislation he views as simple common sense would be blocked. He noted that the full Senate passed his amendment to shield the Salvation Army by 75-19 last month, and the House followed suit with a 218-186 vote just this month. “I cannot imagine that the framers of the 1964 Civil Rights Act intended to say that it’s discrimination for a shoe shop owner to say to his or her employee, ‘I want you to be able to speak America’s common language on the job,’ ” he told the Senate last Thursday.”
But that’s exactly what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is trying to do. In March the EEOC sued the Salvation Army because its thrift store in Framingham, Mass., required its employees to speak English on the job. The requirement was clearly posted and employees were given a year to learn the language. The EEOC claimed the store had fired two Hispanic employees for continuing to speak Spanish on the job.
Previous to this disturbing event in Congress, the following was reported about the University of Delaware.
The WorldNetDaily reported on October 30th,2007, the following news from Delaware. It sounds to this blogger as though Speaker Pelosi and her ilk helped formulate the following mandate that denies students at the University of Delaware their Constitutional Right to Free Speech!
“The University of Delaware has mandated a program that requires residence hall students to acknowledge that “all whites are racist” and offers them “treatment” for any incorrect attitudes regarding class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality they might hold upon entering the school, according to a civil rights group.”
Somehow, the University of Delaware seems unaware that a state-sponsored institution of higher education in the United States does not have the legal right to engage in a program of systematic thought reform. The First Amendment protects the right to freedom of conscience – the right to keep our innermost thoughts free from governmental intrusion. It also protects the right to be free from compelled speech.
This is strangely reminiscent of the types of thought control action taken by Hitler and Stalin, not something one would expect to find on the Campus of an American University. Unfortunately those of us who send off our Teen age children ( and many thousands of dollars)to college, often send them to schools that spend most of their time reprogramming our children’s minds, so that they conform to the Liberal bias of today’s secular humanists.