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  1. #1 Defiant Spanish Language Lecture of Texas Legislators Goes Viral with Video 
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    Video of the testimony of immigrant rights activist Antolin Aguirre, who chose to lecture Texas legislators in Spanish Monday, despite living in the United States for 23 years and taking naturalized citizenship in 2001, was posted on YouTube, and has gone viral after being posted by Drudge. David Paulin brought the shocking display of arrogance to national attention on Thursday on AT.

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    This can only be described as ethnic chauvinism. A gringo would never get away with this in Mexico.

    It is one thing to speak in one's native tongue in a quest to be acurate. But Aguirre was reading from a prepared statement, and demonstrates a fine command of English, as ought to be the case for anyone of adequate intelligence living in this country for more than two decades.

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    I heard about this thursday, and think that the first Senator is correct, what he did WAS insulting.
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    I have no idea how long this went on after the video stops, but it that wasn't the end then the Assemblyman should have gotten up and walked out.

    Yes, languages and cultures change over time. Migration, legal and illegal does happen over time. But as natural as that is, so is resistance to cultural invasion. This is a somewhat organic process which often produces excellence. One of the reasons that English is the international language of science, commerce, and diplomacy is because it is that the British Isles have been infused with the cultures of their conquerors from the Celts to the Normans. And unlike many places, England in particular assimilated it's invaders, and in a cultural survival of the fittest the language has kept parts of other languages- the parts which were either more accurate, easier to manage, or simply more appealing.

    Resistance is part of the process. Resistance is a cultural editor. Resistance has given us a language that is easy to learn and difficult to master, a very precise language which has four different words for the states of one thing, unlike some languages where you have water, and frozen water, we have ice. We have pig, pork, and ham.

    I fully expect many Spanish words to replace English words. "Bodega" is clearly superior to "corner store" , "convenience store", or "mom and pop shop". There are probably many words in Spanish which are more concise than English, but overall Spanish appears to be cumbersome. At Megabank, the Spanish language operators were given more time to deal with clients than the English operators.... a lot more time. Obviously, the language can be beautiful but it's archaic. Progress in global terms would surely mean moving to a single language, and Spanish isn't it.
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    One of the legal requirements for naturalization is a command of the English language. If, 23 years after arriving here, Antolin Aguirre still doesn't speak it in public, his citizenship ought to be reexamined and possibly revoked.

    BTW, since English proficiency is a requirement, and only citizens can vote (at least, that used to be the case before the DNC and ACORN got involved), ballots should be English-only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    One of the legal requirements for naturalization is a command of the English language. If, 23 years after arriving here, Antolin Aguirre still doesn't speak it in public, his citizenship ought to be reexamined and possibly revoked.
    I did not realize the first amendment had a caveat which meant the freedom was only applicable to speaking English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    I did not realize the first amendment had a caveat which meant the freedom was only applicable to speaking English.
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    Now, all of this said, a majority of the population of this country speaks English, most exclusively. In order to function in a society, there has to be a level of understanding and the primary way to accomplish this is through verbal communication. That said, if you want to come into this country and want to function as a productive member of society, then one must learn to communicate the language of the majority of the populace. I'd certainly expect to speak French if I wanted to live in France(who are a million more times more arrogant about their language than we are about ours). If this is something that is alien to you, then you are an idiot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Now, all of this said, a majority of the population of this country speaks English, most exclusively. In order to function in a society, there has to be a level of understanding and the primary way to accomplish this is through verbal communication. That said, if you want to come into this country and want to function as a productive member of society, then one must learn to communicate the language of the majority of the populace. I'd certainly expect to speak French if I wanted to live in France(who are a million more times more arrogant about their language than we are about ours). If this is something that is alien to you, then you are an idiot.
    What is becoming clearer and clearer to me is that those who hold up the Constitution as their guiding governing document and demand others bow to its near perfection either haven't read it or secretly hold it in contempt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    What is becoming clearer and clearer to me is that those who hold up the Constitution as their guiding governing document and demand others bow to its near perfection either haven't read it or secretly hold it in contempt.
    I've read it fine and can bet I have a greater understanding of it then you ever will. However, the above I stated is about survival in a foreign land, not about a requirement. If you can't speak English, then I will do my best to ignore you, even if you're bleeding to death. Because if you can't answer my questions on whether or not you need help, I can be held civilly liable if I attempt to impose my will(help you) on you. Thank your leftist liberal lawyers for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    I did not realize the first amendment had a caveat which meant the freedom was only applicable to speaking English.
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    you are unbelievable, if you cant see this is a slap in the face to the people of Texas then you are big asshole then I gave you credit for.
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    I've been to Texas. Most Texans' grasp of the English language may be a slap in the face to Americans. I needed a translator when I was there.
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