Michele Bachmann co-sponsors English-only bill

Don't know much about history.
Fresh off doubling down with the birthers, history-challenged Rep. Michele Bachmann is now throwing in with the English-only crowd.

Bachmann has co-sponsored a bill from Iowa Rep. Steve King, "To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States."

The bill recognizes the country's diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, but asserts that English must be their common bond. (Note: Like it is and always has been.) All official government business must henceforth then be conducted in English. Without such action, the authors suggest, there's less hope of immigrants becoming real Americans.

Good thing Bachmann wasn't around when all those Scandinavians migrated to Minnesota. She would have been appalled at the way government coddled them -- in their native tongues -- to get to the polls and take part in their adopted country's democracy.

Here, again, are those Minnesota voting instructions in Norwegian and Swedish -- thanks to the Minnesota Historical Society:

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Minnesota voting instructions in Norwegian.

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Minnesota voting instructions in Swedish.

Without English-only laws, these migrants turned out just fine, just as generations of immigrants have since then.


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guest

I feel proud to have made it through our education system, studied abroad and learned about the world DESPITE people like Michele Bachmann.

Gusdad
Gusdad

Michele Bachmann is a national treasure. What a lovely, gracious woman. Wish the governor had her courage.

mindboggeling
mindboggeling

Michelle is such an embarrassment to Mn.! She knows really very little about our state hx or our Country's hx. Her ignorance is outrageous and she is a tax attorney and Rep. who has a hand in forming legislation? Damn we are doomed! While bachman's idiocy is obvious I think the bigger problem is how America is producing so many really stupid people! What does this say about the education system in our country? It really appears this is the dumbing down of America and what makes things worse is they have found each other and organized! Growing up in Mn. I was always proud of our state because we had such a high quality of life. How have we fallen so low?

FDR
FDR

Come on now. Just because Michelle Obama is a TWAT get over it and leave her alone. Forget that Michelle Obama is a Hoar bitch! Her husband needs to be impeached for High Treason and going to WAR. And you idiots are considered with an elected official not yours. HOw about a President that thinks there is 58 states? How about a President that goes to war without the consent of congress. Case you forget history, Bush at least went and got approval from congress for both Afghanistan and Iraq. We now have the Bama launching 100 billion dollar attack against a country that is not a threat to us. You people are really messed up!

mindboggeling
mindboggeling

Nice talk fdr!, Obviously you have a problem with women and especially black women. I am not a big fan of President Obama, but if you want to impeach Obama then you will also have to go back and hold bush and his administration accountable because in many cases Obama has just continued on with the same tired old failed policies of the bush administration. So be careful what you wish for. I don't agree with Obama bombing Libya, but then, silly me, I didn't agree with bush when he lied us into an illegal war against a sovereign country that was no threat to us and I finally had something to agree with bush on when he admitted it with out a blink of an eye! As I recall bush was the first president who openly admitted he didn't care about the Constitution saying it was just a" GD piece of paper"! By "you people" who are you referring to? Democrats? Liberals? People who aren't racists? Smarter and less fearful people? People with empathy? People who still care about our Country? People who are war profiteers think any war is a dream come true and a wet dream for the generals! It is apparent that Eisenhower was on the mark warning all of us about the military/industrial complex and none of us heeded his warning. Do you really think Bush was bright enough to maneuver this whole operation? He followed orders just like Obama does. I stand by my first comment which was about Michelle Bachmann! She is stupid, she does embarrass Minnesota and I wish she would go away! People elected to office should be smarter than their electorate.......not dumber. That's one reason why we are in the spot we're in! America in general has become mind numbingly stupid, depressed, easily led and very happy to let some one else [faux news] do their thinking for them!

Rentstrike
Rentstrike

I think that Dakota ought to be the official language of Minnesota, with state citizenship dependent on passing a proficiency test.

vee
vee

Bachmann continues to solidify her position as Congress's dimmest (non-pigtail) bulb, and that's really saying something considering her competition (Gohmert, Foxx, King, ...). She may even begin to lose favor with some of her Tea Party cohorts because, in a bit of Darwinian irony, it appears that she has proven that Chimps can earn doctorates.

bronson
bronson

I'd like to propose a new City Pages Bachmann Story Policy.

No more posting articles about Bachmann doing things she's expected to do, such as:Pushing English-Only legislationHating gaysTrying to destroy Planned ParenthoodMaking ridiculous statements in order to appeal to Tea PartiersLooking crazy

We all know she does these things, and it isn't exactly "news" when you remind us every day that she's an extreme right-wing loon.

You should only post articles about Bachmann when she does things that are unexpected, such as:Learning to speak FarsiPerforming abortionsHugging gay peopleMaking rational statements that appeal to the reason of her constituentsForming a metal band

I hope you consider my suggestion. Thank you.

Endersgrrl
Endersgrrl

Well said. It is still fun to read the latest dumb sh** she says though.

Seed
Seed

I like to exercise my free market options. When I go to Cub, I always use the Spanish language feature on the Fast Lane self check-out.

Bo
Bo

I think the official language should be Esperanto.

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