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 couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, "Ã¢â‚¬Â¦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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