For about a year now, far as I can tell, the White House has been producing a weekly Saturday morning propaganda message in both English and Spanish.
Obama, of course, handles the English part. And the Spanish part is spoken by . . . someone who speaks Spanish.
Now, I really want Spanish speaking people in this country to have access to the Weekly Address. I really do.
And that is why, of course, I want them to learn English.
Obama is fond of saying we are a nation of immigrants, and immigrants make us stronger, and everything else no one really disagrees with. Except, he assumes, repressed Republican racists. Because he really does think conservatives, in their hearts, are racist.
Conservatives are not racists. They just don’t believe in allowing the United States to become El Salvador.
We are a nation of immigrants, but we are not, and have never been, a nation of immigrants who don’t speak or learn English.
Radio show host Michael Savage uses, as the tagline for his show, the phrase “Borders, language and culture.” Savage has it exactly right. These concepts are the foundation of our nation and its greatness.
Language is intrinsically related to culture. When children learn a second language in school, for example, they also gain an appreciation for the culture of the country that employs the language.
People in this country who speak only a foreign language get all their information – whether from books, newspapers, TV or friends – in that language. They watch the TV channels beamed in from their original countries. They live among others who share their culture and language.
They shop in markets that provide food from the country they came from. They refer to their original countries as “my country,” as in, I’m going back for a month to visit my country.
They root for their home country, or even countries culturally and linguistically similar to their country, over the United States during soccer matches.
When people come to this country and don’t learn English well, they are encouraged not to assimilate, and not to adopt our culture.
And our culture is different than others. We are not all the same, even deep inside.
It’s hard to make this argument, because people like Obama start to call you racist, but the other cultures being brought into the United States should be limited in their effect, because they are, in important ways, failed cultures.
We need, and indeed prosper from, the limited influence of these cultures. But when too many people come here, particularly from a single culture, and preserve that culture intact within this country, the effect must by definition be deleterious.
Other cultures have wonderful aspects to them. But people are coming here usually because those cultures have failed miserably to produce decent economies or a functioning political system. Or worse, a political system that is trying to kill them.
Bad economies and corrupt politics don’t arise spontaneously out of nowhere. They are byproducts of a culture.
When the White House speaks to Americans in Spanish, it encourages them not to assimilate. And when they don’t, they make our culture more like theirs, instead of joining us while adding something small of benefit from their native lands.
Unlimited, unadulterated immigration is not something we’ve tried before in this country. We will pay a price for neglecting to protect our precious, wildly successful culture.