In My Right Mind

"We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking." - Mark Twain

My Photo
Location: Universal City, Texas, United States

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take away everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, October 13, 2005

How May I Help You? or ¿Cómo puedo ayudarle? or Comment est-ce que je peux vous aider ? or Come posso aiutarlo? or Wie kann ich Ihnen helfen?

Here’s a good example of typical liberal wrong-headedness. It seems like the concerned folks of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission have decided that a sign posted by a tavern owner informing clientele that they must speak English in order to receive service is a grave civil rights violation.

After all:

Ohio law says it is unlawful for any proprietor of a place of public accommodation to deny the full enjoyment of the accommodations based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or ancestry.

The commission said the English-only rule serves no purpose other than to discriminate against non-English speaking individuals.

What? There is a large difference between barring a person from entering an establishment based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin etc. and allowing anyone in, but expecting them to speak English.

For the benefit of those mentally challenged idiots that comprise the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and others who are like-minded, it should be pointed out that English is the native language of this country.

The tavern owner, and all store owners across this country have every right to speak English. Foreigners have no right, whatsoever, of expecting American businesses to invest in language training to accommodate their native language. In fact, these whining foreigners who expect Americans to suspend their language and bend over backward to accommodate their language of choice come from countries who make no attempt whatsoever to speak to American tourists in English.

If you go to Spain, you are expected to speak Spanish if you wish to shop. If you visit France, you are expected to learn and converse with French people in French. If you go to Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina etc. you will have to speak Spanish. This is all very reasonable. So why are some Americans expecting America to start operating in such an absurd, unreasonable fashion?

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has even less of a case than any whining foreigner in this country to expect that tavern owner to pay for foreign language training for his employees.

Even if we were to take such a ludicrous stance seriously, it would be highly impractical to expect every employee in every business in America today to be fluent in every language in the world. I’m willing to wager that the imposition of such an expectation would result in a serious deficiency in employees for taverns, grocery stores, retail stores, and other businesses throughout this country.

If you think requiring employees to be fluent in every language spoken on Earth is ridiculous, you'd be right. But this is the logical conclusion of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission's stance.

The Commission's stance that requiring a customer to make his or her requests in English in order to receive service is wrong, implies that the worker behind the counter must be prepared to speak whatever language a foreign customer happens to speak or be guilty of trampling over that customer's civil rights. Or, is the Commission advocating that the business allow the foreign customer into the tavern, store etc and then just ignore them?

Here’s what someone from the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) organization, who are the liberal idiots who brought the complaint to the Commission in the first place, says:

"I really think it's an affront to Hispanic families in the area, and I'm glad that the commission agreed that it's illegal discrimination," said Elizabeth Brown, HOME's executive director.

What about the affront to American businesses in the area who are expected to ensure that their employees are trained to speak fluent Spanish, when English is the language spoken in America?

Hispanics and all other foreigners are more than welcome here in America. One of the reasons that America is so great is because of the contributions that foreigners have made. In fact, America is a nation of foreigners. But for a foreigner to come from a country that makes no exceptions with respect to the language spoken there to expect their new country, America to do so is hypocritical.

If you want to live in America, learn to speak English. It’s not the job of Americans to learn your native language.

As for HOME and the Ohio Civil Rights Commision, why don’t they go to Mexico, demand that Mexican shop owners require their employees to speak fluent English, and see how far they get.


Blogger Lawman said...

My comment to this:

Last time I checked, this is still a free country. If you don't like speaking English here, you are free to pack your belongings and move to the country you came from.


2:47 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home