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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Back To The Point: Foxx Panders


Let me begin by restating my original point: Foxx is just pandering to her silly base, not addressing the immigration problem. Okay, on to Steve's rant.

By definition — like it or not, Steve — assimilation is happening. It's a process.

Well, let's see, I work for one of the largest telephone companies in the United States. We spend millions of dollars every year on Spanish language recordings and customer service representatives.

Sounds like your company is part of the problem. Businesses like yours are encouraging non-English speaking residents to take their sweet time in learning to speak the language of the American majority. But I guess it's okay to profit from them, though? That's a real problem here — no one really wants illegal immigrants or the differences between 'them and us' to go away — our businesses are making too much money from them!

As an aside, a close friend of mine from college now lives in Mexico. He didn't speak a lick of Spanish before he moved there. He now speaks conversational Spanish very well. That happens when you work long enough in a society dominated by a different language, different influences, etc.: assimilation.

But so what? Again, language has nothing to do with our immigration problem. Going back to the point here, Foxx is just playing politics, not looking for solutions. Addressing and fixing the immigration problem will eventually patch any language barriers that may currently exist... that is, unless companies like Steve's keep up what they're doing.

But let's go a step further. I do speak Spanish. Not as well as I once did, I used to be conversationally fluent, but I expect I could pick it up again if I needed it. I didn't just speak Castillan (European) Spanish either. I could handle a fair amount of Mexican idiom. The gutter-speak that Mexican immigrants use is virtually incomprehensible to me.

"Mexican immigrants" use "gutter-speak"? All of them? Careful — that statement borders on sounding elitist, racist, and ignorant.

Furthermore, I know a teacher who gives ESL (English as a Second Language) courses who can only get about half of the immigrants' conversation.

That teacher isn't very good, huh? I assume that he/she only speaks euro-Spanish: not very effective for the job of an American ESL teacher.

Some fast-talking Brits from certain regions of England are pretty darn hard for me to understand, too. So who speaks and understands the 'right' English? But I digress.

Back when Virginia was in the NC Senate and she was pandering to the education blob, all you libs thought she was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Back when she was pandering to the hippies and homos up in Boone, she was an "enlightened" Republican who was what every liberal hoped every Republican would become. Now that she is serving a right-leaning district and making right-leaning statements, she's simpleminded. You guys don't even realize what a bunch of clueless hypocrites you are, do you?

'All you libs,' 'You guys,' etc.? No hypocrisy here. I've always thought Foxx was simpleminded. Nothing's changed for me.


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