Assimilation Nation <> Accommodation Nation

A few weeks ago, I picked up my local paper (Florida Today)… only to read how WKMG-Local 6 (Central Florida’s local news station) began airing Spanish subtitles during its 6 p.m. newscast. They began doing this on July 11.

The reason?

Florida Today reports Central Florida “has experienced an increase in its Hispanic population.”

Increasing this Hispanic population in Central Florida is obviously a result of illegal aliens (if so, where is the ICE?) or legal immigrants from Spanish speaking countries who have yet to learn English.

While browsing local6.com for a few minutes I came across, in a story titled WKMG Becomes First To Provide Local News With Spanish Subtitles, the Local 6 General Manager's thoughts:

"Local 6 is proud to offer this ground-breaking service to our viewers," Local 6 General Manager Henry Maldonado said. "The Hispanic community is key to the success of any business, especially broadcasting. It’s also our responsibility, and we take that responsibility very seriously."

I have no problem with the Spanish language, or with Hispanics. However, multiple languages inside the United States will breed disunity, especially when historically English has been OUR language.

So what if the demographic mix of our country is changing? Why should we replace the word 'assimilate' to 'accommodate' and inject Spanish into our mainstream? A stable country cannot have two or more mainstream languages without the side-effect of disunity. History proves how important communication is and the cohesive glue of a language forms the bonds for a strong union. Belgium encapsulates both Dutch-speaking Flemish and French-speaking Walloons. Language disputes continue to dim "Belgium's future as a unified country" [Language dispute divides Belgium]. Ukraine, likewise, shares in the same problem [Ukraine divided over language row]. Even Quebec, a province in Canada, has used the French language as a major reason to form a secession movement of its own [Language Matters: Ensuring That the Sugar Not Dissolve in the Coffee]. A line cannot be drawn in the sand claiming the United States will never follow in the same path.

One goal that multiculturalists harbor is to rip the United States apart by making it a multilingual country. Former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm, in an astounding speech on 'How to destroy America', stated "First, turn America into a bilingual or multilingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures" [How to Destroy America: By Design].

The melting pot has tipped over in the United States. Bilingual education now is mandated in many areas across America. What we are witnessing is the slow and gradual effect of the balkanization of the USA where immigrants are allowed to keep their culture and not have to assimilate.

Our government, allowing for wide open borders to garner the vote and labor, contributes to this problem. Now, so does WKMG-Local 6. If the local news station accommodates the Spanish language, there is now even less of a reason to learn English.

Posted by Mike Tate at July 25, 2005 4:49 PM