“Conservative” Republican Congressman Tom Graves refuses to support English as the official language of the United States.

Opinion

Submitted By: D.A. King

While the political world is focused on the lunacy in Washington DC, conservative, pro-English voters in Georgia’s 14th congressional district may have an interest in Republican Congressman Tom Graves’ very curious and un-conservative anti-English stance.

HR 997 – the English Unity Act – was introduced last year in the U.S. House by conservative Steve King. The legislation establishes English as the official language of the United States. The bill is often falsely  described as “English only” when in fact it is “English as official” – not “only.” Comprende?

Readers can learn more about the official English movement bt visiting the non-profit website, Pro-English.org

Also in the legislation:

*Naturalization ceremonies and official functions of the U.S. government, subject to exceptions, must be conducted in English.

*The bill declares that all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of U.S. laws.

*A person injured by a violation of this bill may obtain relief, including a declaratory judgment, in a civil action. 

*English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, shall be presumptively consistent with U.S. laws. Any ambiguity in U.S. laws shall be resolved in accordance with the rights retained by the people and the powers reserved to states under the Bill of Rights.

*The Department of Homeland Security shall issue a proposed rule for uniform testing of the English language ability of candidates for naturalization based upon the principles that: (1) all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States; and (2) any exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.

The little known fact is that the United States has no official language, despite huge public support for official English. It is worth noting that the U.S. and Georgia Chambers of Commerce are stridently opposed to this nationally unifying concept.

Maybe that is why Graves has repeatedly refused to help with passage of this commonsense and voter-popular bill by co-sponsoring and is on record as telling political pundit Phil Kent that “this is not one of my top priorities right now.”

It wasn’t a priority last year or the year before either.

As readers no doubt are aware, all congressmen enjoy feedback and contact from constituents. Maybe readers can move support for official English up Congressman Tom Graves priority list with a respectful but firm phone call to his Washington DC office. The phone number there is 202) 225-5211.

It could very well be that Mr. Graves doesn’t think you know anything about this issue.

D.A. King of Marietta is president of the pro-English Dustin Inman Society. www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org

 

AMERICA THE GREAT

Opinion

The bitter vitriol that was the funeral of Senator John McCain was a celebration of the
coming together of all Trump haters and bashing him in a second-hand swipe disguised as
eulogies.

Most likely, Senator McCain, would have enjoyed the day and approved the tone of his last
hurrah.

His daughter, Meghan McCain, spewed out the most acerbic comment of all taking aim at the
agenda and good works of the President.

“America has no need to be made great again because America has always been great.”
Yes, Meghan, America is great, has always been great, but the last decade has seen her decline in
economics, morality, manufacturing, trade deficits, crime, immigration issues and available jobs
at a living wage.

Now, it stands to reason that the very wealthy felt no more than a bump or two in the road during
the Great Recession of 2008.
Meghan McCain would be one of those fortunate enough to avoid financial crisis. That comes
from having a senator father, a Navel admiral grandfather and great-grandfather.
The family compound in Arizona is well known, and doors will open for an educated young
woman with the surname of McCain or Clinton.

The others who joined in the drive-by criticism included former presidents Bush and Obama,
along with members of high rank from within their previous administrations.
Again, the Great Recession and Financial Crisis did little to their portfolio, and America
remained great to them as well, at least in their financial quality of life. In fact, they probably
came out somewhat ahead.

(Even though Michelle Obama was never proud of her country until her husband ran for the
presidency, and most of the speakers who have held power seem to have some sort of disdain for
America, its values and its citizens. Not only are we deplorable, now Joe Biden has called up the
dregs of society.)

Many may not know that in 2008 Henry Paulson, then Treasury Secretary and former Goldman –
Sachs CEO, got together for a little “heads up” for his former Goldman – Sachs colleagues and
some other Wall Street and hedge fund managers. Prior to the crash, he let them know that they
needed to move and protect their investments and clients because the financial collapse was
about to happen. 

Thanks man, insider trading is great when you are tipped off. Though this happens all the time, it
is barely legal and the average layperson would probably go to jail over it.
People like my neighbor who had worked at one company since he was eighteen and lost ninety
thousand dollars out of his 401K because of the 2008 financial crisis.

Ninety thousand dollars is peanuts to the people Paulson tipped off, but it is everything to a
working person who has labored to contribute to the fund that is to take care of them through
retirement. Had he been the beneficiary of this inside news, he could have moved his savings to a
safe, insured bank account with minimal interest, but the principal could have stayed intact.

How about the ones that lost their homes due to the real estate bubble. The average person didn’t
know it was about to pop, but insiders did. Those whose wealth was protected benefitted
tremendously from the foreclosure fiasco. They gobbled up homes at bargain prices, shifting the
wealth of home equity from a working family to another rich person’s pocket.
What about unemployment?

The unemployment rate was high in 2008 and 2009. Jobs left the country, businesses cut
employees and there was little to no money for the average person. In a consumer-driven
economy, that is bad news.

While I am firmly for capitalism, and I abhor those who want to complain that the “man” has
held them down for one reason or another, and they didn’t have a chance to succeed.
This crisis was orchestrated by the “powers that be” for the largest transfer of wealth in the
history of the United States. It was designed to destroy the middle-class working person and
create a two class society. Those that have and those who have not.

The thing that has always made America great is the opportunity for ANYONE to succeed if
they work hard enough.

I worked for a man who emigrated from Cuba during Castro’s rise to power. He came to the
United States with fifty dollars, a wife and a baby. He and his wife worked tirelessly and built a
successful business. He was the most adamant US patriot and always advised us to never let the
government take the people’s guns. Castro did that and the people were left defenseless to his
rule.

Another example was a man who came here from Bulgaria. He told me that if he could come
here with limited money, not much English and make a living, there was no reason why a person
who was brought up here, had all the free schooling and a great command of the language
couldn’t succeed.

I couldn’t agree more, however, when the jobs are gone, how is a person to work.
The two administrations before President Trump are the reason that the sixty million deplorable
voters put him in the White House.

The elected officials had shown little regard for their constituents and did more for themselves
than anyone else.

In answer to Meghan McCain’s vengeful tirade, you are your father’s daughter and no one is
surprised at your lack of class. Your actions say much more about you than our President.

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