Woods Walker wrote:
I've worked literally side by side with these people on a daily basis for 35 years. My perceptions an attitudes are based on this. Do I speak spanish? Barely. Oh I know a few words to point at things and such, but in no way can I communicate phrases or ideas. Why? BECAUSE IT'S MY CHOICE. I don't have to, so I don't. I'm the one writing the paychecks. This same attitude comes from the other side. The only difference is that they are not the ones writing the checks. On that same note, the ones that have worked for me that DID make the effort to learn english are the ones that advanced to foremen and made more money. The customer demands that SOMEONE on the job be able to communicate with them.
See I literally have no problem with this. I agree with you 100%! Let the employers and the customers sort this out. We don't need electric fences and remote guns on the border or overreaching governmental regulations to do it.
I don't speak Spanish either. Not that I don't want to learn, I'm just too lazy. My wife, on the other hand, has taught herself Spanish through self study and immersion and she did it in her late 30's. That impresses me and I see nothing immoral or unpatriotic about it. It is just a choice that she made to expand herself. Some people do that and some don't. It is not an ethnic thing, it is a question of character.
I really don't think you and I are that far from each other. I was once a far right conservative myself. It's just that I've begun to see too many holes in the game. The right is against abortion but for the death penalty? The right is for homeland security but against the collective bargaining rights of firefighters and police? The right is strong on national sovereignty but for the invasion of Iraq? The right is against government regulation but for establishing English as the official language? The right is for individual freedom but against immigration? I realize that their are reasonable distinctions among these issues, but the hippocracy still shows through.