Thursday, May 18, 2006

English As A First Language

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist posts about the bill making English the U.S. language. Given all the immigration assuming English is America's language is no longer self-evident it seems. Ah well....

Part of me wonders if this decision--having to make explicit America's culture as opposed to everyone possessing an understanding of our culture--doesn't signify the beginning of the end of America's vast influence. The French have had to be painfully obvious that French is the Lingua Franca--at least in France and at least when Chirac is speaking. Because France's influence in world events has diminished a lot of energy goes into preserving the culture instead of spreading and expanding the culture.

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