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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Does the New L.A. Mayor Speak English?

The new Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, and many of his constituents understand, ¿El Nuevo Inglés de L.A. Alcalde Speak? Many don't understand English.
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Antonio Villaraigosa, the Democratic alcalde (or mayor) of Los Angeles, delivered to his city a "Respuesta al Estado de la Nación" -- a response in Spanish to President Bush's State of the Union address.
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Does the Mayor not think others in this huge metropolis may speak other languages besides Spanish but including English? Why doesn't the mayor give his speech in German, or French, or Korean, how about Chinese? Maybe Farsi or even "Gansta"? Possibly a rendition in "Hip Hop"!
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Is a leader of all the people supposed to be all-inclusive or so prejudice to one group who is not falling in step with their land of adoption? My father was an immigrant who worked hours in the steel mills in Gary, Indiana. At night he attended school where he learned to read and write in English.
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When my father socialized with other immigrants from his homeland of Yugoslavia they spoke their "native" tongue. However, when my Dad went to the store, gas station, bank, my school activities he spoke in plain English. He took pride in his adoptive land and even more pride in the fact he spoke his adoptive language, English.
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Antonio Villaraigosa chose to alienate every other culture in Los Angeles, including each generation of American born person by giving his speech in Spanish. The mayor did not demonstrate leadership but weakness. His weakness will divide his city into sub-cultures instead of uniting it's citizens as one cohesive group, Americans.
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The mayor should brush up on his Latin as well as U.S. history. E pluribus unum was the national motto of the United States of America. Translated from Latin, it means "From many, one" or "Out of many, one," or in a direct translation, "One out of more." It referred to the integration of the 13 independent colonies into one united country, and has taken on an additional meaning, given the pluralistic nature of American society from immigration.

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