Just got my lil’ pile of political mail, included one that was particularly misleading. From Bert Mizusawa, quoting President Obama as saying “Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English…you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.”
(You can see it for yourself right here.)
Nice try Bert. Or should I say nice lie Bert?
THIS is the quote in it’s entirety:
“I don’t understand when people are going around worrying about, we need to have English only. They want to pass a law, we just, we want English only,” Obama told supporters in Powder Springs, Georgia on Tuesday. “Now, I agree that immigrants should learn English, I agree with this. But understand this, instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English, they’ll learn English, you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.”
“You should be thinking about how can your child become bilingual,” he said. “We should have every child speaking more than one language. It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beacoup, right?”
“Everybody is going to learn to speak English if they live in this country. The issue is not whether or not future generations of immigrants are going to learn English. The question is how can we come up with both a legal, sensible immigration policy.”
Sit and spin on that Bert, you shady, disingenuous lying sack of shit.
If you’d like to educate yourself on the matter some more Bertster, after having removed your head from your ass, you can view the President’s ACTUAL track record on immigration as opposed to this fairy tale your spinning in the imaginary world you live in.
There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with the Presidents sentiments here. He acknowledges a need for the immigrants to learn the language, states that he feels they will learn the language (because contrary to what you xenophobic hicks think they more often than not do) and points out that our children are quite deficient in learning additional languages.
Hell, you would think Rand Paul and the rest of the uber-Libertarian/Tea Party types would embrace this concept. Their ENTIRE platform is based on personal accountability to the point where they don’t want the government telling anybody how to do anything.
Even taken out of context it fits their philosophy to a tee.
Obviously taken in proper context it makes even more sense. They need to learn English. They will learn English. I believe that, the President has openly voiced this again and again, though if the Bert Mizusawa’s of the world have their way they will conveniently “delete” that anytime the issue comes up, and it has no place in a serious debate about immigration.
Maybe it makes you feel better inside somehow, but it isn’t the answer to the problem. It isn’t even worth mentioning until the important parts of the issue are resolved.
Keep your eye on the damn ball Bert.