There is no denying that the United States is experiencing a sense of divisiveness not seen since the apex of Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. A good politician would seek to relieve the tension. Instead, Senator and every stupid thought embodied Jim Inhofe has another idea.
Inhofe wants us to speak like pure-blooded 'Murricans.
As the battle over President Donald Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border continues, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe introduced a bill this week that would make English the national language of the United States.
The English Language Unity Act of 2019, S. 678, would establish English as the national language of the U.S., create an English language rule for naturalization and seek to “avoid misconstructions of the English language text” of the laws of the land. U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., is cosponsoring the legislation.
“Just as there is no country without borders, there is no unity without a common language,” Inhofe, R-Okla., said in a statement to Gaylord News. “As I work with President Trump to secure our border and build the wall, I wanted to also take steps to move forward to establishing a national language to promote national unity and greater opportunities for immigrant families.”
Good job, Inhofe. Instead of focusing on immigrant children locked in cages and many families still separated at the border, you chose to focus on secularizing a language. God forbid you use the two battling brain cells rattling in your archaic skull to actually come up with a solution towards border security.
Slightly more than 8 percent of people living in the U.S., and 4 percent of people living in Oklahoma, speak English “less than ‘very well,’ ” according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey. That number rises to 48.9 percent of people living in the U.S. when looking only at individuals who are foreign born, and 38 percent of foreign born, naturalized citizens in the U.S. say they speak English “less than ‘very well’ ” — the numbers for people living in Oklahoma are 51.9 percent and 35.1 percent, respectively.
It's difficult for me to even conceptualize the idea of English as the official language when majority of America can't agree on a specific form. That's the funny thing about language – it's forever evolving. Sort of like me calling Inhofe a simpleton can evolve into me labeling the Oklahoma senator a country bumpkin barely capable of forming a sentence without drooling.
The same bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 997 by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. The House bill has nine cosponsors.
Just a word to the wise – if the person agreeing with you has been questioned for being a white nationalist and bigot, perhaps you're in the wrong.
As the world rages on, we can often take solace in those things that remain the same. The sky will always be blue, hometown diners will always serve greasy food, and Jim Inhofe will still be an idiot.