Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Where Has Common Sense Gone?

"We have spent the last 40 years in our country celebrating diversity at the expense of unity. One way to create that unity is to value, not devalue, our common language, English." Lamar Alexander

The Salvation Army, arguably the finest charitable organization in America, has a rule that says if you want to work here you need to learn English. They give new employees a year to learn the common language of America. I think that is rather decent. Nancy Pelosi and the Hispanic Caucus in the House of Representatives doesn't - claiming it's racist and bigoted.

From the Wall Street Journal:

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.

Where has common sense gone?!

Pelosi was pressured by members of the Hispanic Caucus to strip Alexander's language from joint house/senate committee version of the amendment which will in turn allow The EEOC to continue its witch-hunt against small businesses with strict English language rules.

Alexander hits the nail on the head:
this battle is about far more than what language is spoken on a shop floor. "The EEOC actions turn diversity, our greatest strength, against the interests of our common future as Americans."

It would be a shame if the media allow illegal immigration and all other aspects of the invasion from the south to languish is this all important election cycle. This issue may be the one thing that can unite liberals and conservatives in this country.

The goddess of tolerance and diversity has overstayed her welcome. I say throw the whole thing back in the melting pot and turn up the heat.