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English-Speaking Government In North America 404 Years Old

404 years ago today, the first permanent English colony in North America was established at a desperate little fort called Jamestown in what is now Virginia. Government run by predominantly English-speaking people has been in North America ever since, though, throughout that time, there have always been large numbers of non-English languages spoken by large numbers of people.

The largest ethnic group in the United States is now people of German ancestry. So, what’s the point of legislation that demands that the government of the United States of America operates in English only?

Are the English speakers still battling against Powhatan?

2 comments to English-Speaking Government In North America 404 Years Old

  • Tom

    It’s not just “English only”, there’s a whole new ideology afoot:

    6 Universities With Far-Right Academic Centers Funded by Koch Industries
    Yesterday, ThinkProgress highlighted reports from the St. Petersburg Times and the Tallahassee Democrat regarding a Koch-funded economics department at Florida State University (FSU). FSU had accepted a $1.5 million grant from a foundation controlled by petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch on the condition that Koch’s operatives would have a free hand in selecting professors and approving publications. The simmering controversy sheds light on the vast influence of the Koch political machine, which spans from the top conservative think tanks, Republican politicians, a small army of contracted lobbyists, and Tea Party front groups in nearly every state.

    more here:

    http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/?akid=6951.206600.KULHpn&id=585995&rd=1&t=1

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