GOP Senate keeps focus: English now official language

As I walked to work in Manhattan this morning and stopped in my local bagel store and then to Starbucks to grab a cup of coffee, I got cheery "Good Morning" greetings and small talk about the rain we continue to have in New York. As I basked in the fact that it was all spoken in English, I couldn’t help but think "Thank the Good Lord we have Republicans in the Senate, or the Starbucks baristas might easily be speaking Latvian next time I come in."

Of course, I'm being a sarcastic liberal, but the fact remains that the United States Senate passed a billed yesterday that makes English the "national language" in America and amends title four of the United States Code, "…to declare English as the national language of the United States and to promote the patriotic integration of prospective US citizens."

The measure passed 63-34 with the GOP actually finding eleven Democrats -- Baucus (D-MT), Byrd (D-WV), Carper (D-DE), Conrad (D-ND), Dorgan (D-ND), Johnson (D-SD), Landrieu (D-LA), Lincoln (D-AR), Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE) and Pryor (D-AR) -- worried enough about the more cracker-like constituents in their states that they also voted in favor of the dumbest amendment to pass the Senate in some time.

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