February 13, 2007, - 2:44 pm

And the Award for Bloviating Mayor of the Week Goes to . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
. . . Mayor Bill Purcell of Nashville, Tennessee.
On Monday, he vetoed a measure that would have made English the official language of Nashville. He claimed the bill was unconstitution, unnecessary, and mean-spirited:

If this ordinance becomes law, Nashville will become a less safe, less friendly and less successful city. And as mayor, I cannot allow that to happen.

Yes, it’s always less safe when firemen, police, doctors, rescue workers, EMS, etc. speak English. Thanks for the tip, Mayor Purcell. And Bill Gates, because he speaks English, is “less successful.” Warren Buffett, too.
And the splendid new brand of logic.


Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell:

“English = Unsafe, Unfriendly, Unsuccessful & Mean

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5 Responses

ìÖunconstitutional, unnecessary, and mean-spirited.î
Hmm, Iím not an attorney, but I have read the U.S. Constitution and I donít recall a constitutional edict that guarantees the right to speak in another language, or to have every official government document translated into Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, Navaho, or what have you. Encouraging and enabling folks to speak in different languages while conducting any official business is divisive and leads to needless miscommunications.
I may be just a simple man, but it doesnít seem that difficult to understand why English should be the official language. After all this is America, and if someone doesnít like English as the dominant language, then they can go back to Mexico, or whatever turd world country they came from.

Rocky on February 13, 2007 at 3:59 pm

English as our official language should be a constitutional amendment–why isn’t it?
Oh, yeah, I forgot–so many of our pols who are sworn to preserve, protect and defend the U S Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic don’t believe in it anyhow (except when they are inventing and dishing out new entitlements).

BB on February 13, 2007 at 5:08 pm

English shouldn’t be made the official language for the same reason the government shouldn’t be involved a lot of stuff: it’s unnecessary. People will figure out what language they should be speaking themselves.
Government mandates about what language people must speak have historically been useless. The French government mandating that no more loan words come in from English was completely unsuccessful. People are going to speak what they speak.

Dan on February 13, 2007 at 11:39 pm

Dan spewed the following:
“Government mandates about what language people must speak have historically been useless.”
Dan would you like to supply some facts to support that assertion.
The facts prove otherwise my friend and I cannot believe you have bought into multi-culturalism.
The fact is that language is what unites a country and its people. There is a reason that Borders, Language Culture are important and history does prove otherwise.

ScottyDog on February 14, 2007 at 12:07 pm

Hey, we just got new Spanish road signs in Mississippi, which are posted all along US 84 from Texas to Georgia, which say “El Camino” (“The Way”), “East-West Corridor”, and show an outline of all 5 states. The government and big business have a conscious, pro-active plan to bring as many 3rd world peasants to America as possible. American sovereignty, traditions, and the middle class be damned.

davidlanham on February 15, 2007 at 1:44 am

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