So much to rant about, so little time. I'm going to avoid the obvious and go with something you MIGHT now know about.
The other day I'm sitting in my car and I see a familiar bumper sticker go by out of the corner of my eye, or at least I THOUGHT I did. I did a double take and what I thought was an "Army of One" bumper sticker actually said, "Yo Soy El Army". No, it was NOT a sarcastic bumper sticker, it was real, they are real and they are part of a recruitment program for the US Army. You can see a black and white picture of the bumper sticker here
. I recommend you read the entire article in which that picture is used, which is here
. It's quite an amusing read. Oh, and if you want to have a cool picture of the Army's Mexi-Hummer (my choice of words) you can get a great pic off the US Army's own website here
So, what the heck is going on? People are pushing that the US National Anthem only be sung in English and we're a step shy of having English declared as the national language of the United States. Me, I'm cool with that because I'm sick and tired of applying for jobs and getting passed over (possibly) just because I don't speak Spanish too. Silly me, I thought I lived in the US, what the hell was I thinking?
Anyway, I can set my bitterness aside...for a bit in order to look at the REAL issue at hand. It's something we deal with every day yet don't actually give a care about, and that is the hypocrisy put forth by those who "run" our country (which is actually us but we let the people we hire tell us what to do). A large number of them want English to have the top rank of all languages in the US, but it seems that they may be willing to let some folks who prefer Spanish be a part of our Army. I mean, what could the harm be? It's not like our troops need effective communication on the battle field, right?
OK, maybe I'm jumping the gun here. Maybe the US Army has done this without a large scale awareness in those that make the important decisions about how our country operates. I mean, nobody really understood how FEMA worked last year and nothing bad came of that, right? Oh...right.
Hrmmm...how about a little investigation to try and prove to myself that what seems to be happening with the US Army is some kind of fluke?
Well folks allow me to share with you what I found. Welcome to your US Armed Services eeeeeen Español! Yes folks, you too can help your primarily Spanish speaking friends defend the country that loves English so much! Choose from:
Yes folks, welcome to America. Love it, or leave it. But if you're better with Spanish than English you don't have to leave as long as you're willing to take the chance of dying for the country trying to decrease (or expunge) the use of your preferred language within it's own borders.