Alabama Candidate Runs 'English Only' Ad
'We speak English. If you live here, learn it.'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2010 9:34 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Wow. Check out this not-at-all-racist new ad from Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James. James just can't understand why the state offers its drivers license test in 12 languages. “This is Alabama. We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it,” he declares. “We're only giving that test in English, if I'm governor.”

James says it's just a common sense thing: "Maybe it's the businessman in me," he says. "But we'll save money. And it makes sense. Does it to you?" Doesn't to Marc Ambinder, who points out in the Atlantic that Alabama would lose billions in federal transportation funding if it cut out the other languages. On his web site, James says it's a matter of public safety, since road signs are in English. “Political correctness may endear you to the Rachel Maddow crowd, but here in Alabama, the safety of our people comes first.”

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grhouse
May 2, 2010 10:13 PM CDT
Don't we have to be realistic here. If you go to Mexico or any other country are their driver's license tests written in English? If we are going to offer the tests in any other language beside English, which is the recognized language of the country, then how many languages do we have to offer them in? If we offer them in Spanish but not in Chinese or Japanese is that not discrimination? If we are going to offer the tests in another language then we should train our law enforcement officers to speak these other languages. Who is going to pay for that? It is simply not practical to start offering everyone a different language just because they move to this country. That is what citizenship is about; it is becoming part of the country and part of becoming part of the country is learning the language. This is not taking away from the native language of the speaker, it is adding to it if they want to participate as a full citizen of this country. Oh, and I almost forgot, how about the Native American languages? Shouldn't they be first? G
spraynard
Apr 29, 2010 5:26 AM CDT
That's just alabama being alabama.
ali6123
Apr 29, 2010 2:50 AM CDT
This guy sucks. and this is fucking rediculous. DONT BE LAZY TIM JAMES. LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE OTHER THEN ENGLISH. in mexico they DO learn english, i have some verry close mexican friends. but most people here in the US are to lazy to learn any spanish, french, or anything else! i will not vote for tim james.