|Quoting Banco (Reply 37):|
The part being discussed was an American flag-waving, flag saluting, lapel badge wearing culture where those that don't partake are seen in some quarters as being unpatriotic and unAmerican. We do not have that here.
My point is that you did, at one time, but that a certain World War made such displays distasteful. Like I said, understandable. We are all products of our history. I am also saying that the U.S. has not had that same experience.
|Quoting PA110 (Reply 39):|
If I happen to agree with Obama that there is no need for a constitutional amendment making English the official language of the country, am I really any less respectful to this country?
In the old days, when people emmigrated from one place to another, it was unheard of not to learn the local language and try to blend into the host culture. But in the past 20-30 years or so, we have started to worship at the altar of multiculturalism, and now these same immigrants are being told not to blend in, to maintain their cultural distinctiveness, and keep their language. The result is a mess.
Making English the official language would not change what language you speak at home. It would not change the availability of Spanish language radio stations and newspapers. It simply states that official correspondence by the government (taxes, court proceedings etc.) will be in English, and if you want to live here, you need a working knowledge of English, or hire a translator if you want. If I went to live in Peru, du you think it's reasonable for me to expect them to teach my children in English, or to ensure that wherever I go that I can assume that the locals will speak English for my benefit?
|Quoting N521NA (Reply 43):|
Then read his book or shut your mouth and stop basing your opinions on trivial events...
Actions speak louder than words. His book is nothing but idealistic propaganda, (as are the books "written by" any politician - generally ghost-written anyway). I prefer to look at what he does and says in his own words.
And if you read my thread-opener, you will see that in no way do I say that I think Obama might approve of Che. That is beside the point. The point is that intelligent people know what Che was and what a viscious bastard he was - But 'useful idiots' are in no short supply, and many people idolize him, just as a lot of people idolize OBL, Stalin or Hillary (sorry - couldn't help myself ). I wanted to know whether Obama or his campaign have gotten on the phone to that office and told them to get that $^%#ing flag down, especially when reporters come in, and that Obama's platform has nothing in common with Che's ideology. Or does he not mind?