Steve King of Iowa is an idiot.
“One of the great things about America is we’ve been unified by a common language. That common language, of course, is English,” King said during a press conference on his bill. “Our language is getting subdivided by some forces of the federal government. It is time to speak with a common voice.”
Subdivided? Is that the correct word choice here? Is there a bill to create English Dialects? Or did he mean “subverted”?
His proposal would also nullify a Clinton-era requirement that federal agencies provide interpreters for non-English speakers for certain activities.
As a White Guy from the Midwest, King probably has some of these people as ancestors. Whatever.
Various human rights groups have suggested that King’s bill is racist. He is offended, and says in response:
“The argument that diversity is our strength has really never been backed up by logic,” King told The Huffington Post. “It’s unity is where our strength is. Our Founding Fathers understood that. Modern-day multiculturalists are defying that
There is concern that the bill would be unconstitutional, violating tenets set forth by the Founding Fathers, all of whom spoke French. Probably.
During the argument…
….Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) gave his opening remarks entirely in Spanish — with imperfect pronunciation — to make the point that the country has always been a multilingual one. Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and other Republicans looked amused, then bored, as he continued talking, with Franks at one point fiddling with his cell phone.
That was funny.