Language is organic. It evolves and spreads pretty much of its own accord. And you can regulate that process to about the same degree you can regulate the ocean.
Our fear is that language is making us disunited. Indeed, many of the 63 senators who voted for this new measure probably did so with that Spanish-language rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner still ringing in their ears. As Sen. Jeff Sessions, Republican from Alabama, put it, the amendment “will help unify us as a nation.”
After which, Spider-Man and the Easter Bunny will help us win the war on terrorism.
See It’s liberty, not language, that unites a nation by Leonard Pitts ~ May. 22, 2006 ~ for the whole article.
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