Monday, May 01, 2006

Sing it!

But Mr. Bush, you don’t speak English!

Reprinted from The Globe and Mail

One-language anthem
What is the US President talking about now???

So, you’re only a citizen of the US if you speak English? The national soul is only English? So what does that mean for MILLIONS of US CITIZENS who were born on US soil or who are naturalised or who have chosen to come to “The Land of The Free?”

What about all those Cajuns who left, persecuted, and came to the Carolinas? Those would be the Acadians - from the maritime region of Canada - who were FRENCH speaking Catholics.

What about all those people who were stolen from Africa and brought to America (thank you, Bob Marley) and who certainly didn't speak English but who certainly became and are now citizens?

What about all the people who come from Korea, China, Japan, Philipines, who are citizens but whose first language is not English? Should they leave?

When are the citizens of the US going to stand up and silence the village idiot that is their President?

Newsflash, Mr. Bush: the US national soul is made up firstly of people who were there long before English speakers were – first nations people. After that, people who came from every corner of the earth – places where people have occasionally never heard English being spoken.

A country's national anthem should at least be sung in the official languages spoken in a given
country. In Canada, our anthem is sung in English, French and CREE, all of which are official languages (OK, Cree doesn't have the respect it deserves, but it is one of Canada's major languages regardless).

The US has two official Languages; English and Spanish.

Get on board Mr. President.

Here’s the reprint from the Globe and Mail:

Hamilton, Ont. -- Re National Anthem Best Sung In English, Bush Declares (April 29):
"One of the important things here is that we not lose our national soul," George Bush said in reacting to a Spanish version of the American national anthem, Nuestro Himno (Our Anthem), which was played on U.S. Hispanic radio and TV stations recently.

…. President Bush reacted with: "I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English."

Canada's anthem has two official versions, French and English, and were a group of immigrants to offer it in Ukrainian or Mandarin, most Canadians would be tickled.

Xenophobia in a land of immigrants should have no place."

1 comment:

  1. The Spanish-language version of the "Star Spangled Banner" was not even close to the English-language version. The Spanish version not only changed the language, it also changed all the words as well (albeit not in a negative way necessarily).

    I think the overall point is that if you are going to immigrate to a country, you should put forth the effort to at least learn the commonly spoken language. What if I moved to Quebec and demanded that everyone spoke English? I would be run out without delay, I'm sure.

    As far as the president being the "village idiot," he says what he means and does what he says he is going to do...which is far more than I can say for any other politician in the world.


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