The Official Language Of The United Nations

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“Bilingualism for the individual is fine, but not for a country”, claims S.I Hayakawa in his article “Bilingualism in America”, published in USA Today in 1989. A language is a systematic means of communication. It is used to express ourselves and communicate with others. More than 300 languages are spoken in the United States but English is one of the common bonds among the Americans of all backgrounds. English is the language of freedom, commerce and opportunity around the world. English is the official language of 51 nations and 27 states in the United States of America. Most scholars believe that English is the common language in the United States of America. This is true in fact but not ...view middle of the document...

A majority of money spent on bilingual education is for Hispanics. Bilingual education is not working.
Historically American government has operated in English. The US constitution is written and implemented in English. There is no official version in any other language. All major legal materials are in English, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, Presidential speeches, and Congressional debates. In January 13, 1795, the U.S. House of Representatives defeated a bill to print 3,000 sets of the federal laws in German "for the accommodation of such German citizens of the United States, as do not understand the English language." English only movement is a political movement for use only the English language in the government operations by establishing English as the only official language in the United States.
Official English promotes unity among people. English unites people, as American immigrants and native-born alike. Communicating with each other in a single, common tongue encourages trust, while reducing racial hostility. While it is certainly true that our love of freedom and devotion to democratic principles help to unite and give us a mutual purpose, it is English, our common language, that enables us to discuss our view's and allows us to maintain a well-informed electorate, the cornerstone of democratic government. When everyone speaks English it feels safer because you know what people are saying and builds more of a sense of security. President Theodore Roosevelt once said: "We have one language here, and that is the English language, and we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans." "Official English unites Americans, who speak more than 322 languages (2000, U.S. Census), by providing a common means of communication." Differences in language lead to conflict, division, demand for the separate government and even secession.
Bilingualism is costly to the government. There are over 300 languages in America. Providing government services to individuals in different languages will cost the government and tax Payers. The financial burden of language "assistance" of the government is enormous. In addition to the $10 billion governments pay annually for bilingual education, governments spend millions to provide translations and other bilingual services. New Jersey alone spent $922,000 in 1992 on court translator fees. The Supreme Court had made limitations on the usage that the state would have to make for other languages on licensing tests. If this was not implemented, the state could have been required to rewrite their driver’s license test in four to five thousand languages in current use in order to accommodate any future applicant. This would extend to other licenses. Requiring the states to translate license tests in other languages would be an extra expenditure on government’s part. In 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Martha Sandoval, a Mexican...

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