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America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Friday, 23 August 2002
ENGLISH SÍ, EXECUTIVE ORDERS NO
Boulder, CO -At its Founding Convention, the America First Party
unanimously approved a resolution to support HR 3333, a bill that would make
the English Language the official language of the federal government.
National Chair Dan Charles said, "It is long past time we overturned
President Clinton's Executive Order #13166. It is time we made English our
official language. President Bush could rescind it, but he refuses to do
so. Congress should move rapidly to end a costly policy of multilingualism
by passing this bill and by passing HR 969."
Press Secretary Romelle Winters added this perspective: "For many
generations, those who entered this country joined the 'melting pot', where
the cultures were blended to form a stronger and common American society.
Now, our country is becoming a 'salad culture', where each hyphenated ethnic
group promotes its own interests and protects its own culture. It seems
there is no longer a desire on the part of many recent immigrants to become
part of America and its traditions, but only an aspiration for physical
movement from a homeland to the United States. This has caused harm to the
cohesiveness of America. We are becoming balkanized. We are abandoning one
of our nation's greatest strengths."
One concept would unite the divisions. With a common language comes the
opportunity for a common culture. We must restore English as that common
language, so that communication can breed understanding. To do otherwise is
to perpetuate unhealthy boundaries and promote distrust. It is time for
Democrats and Republicans alike to do what is right for America and all
There are other benefits to making English our official language. A common
language lowers costs for business and enhances opportunities for a better
standard of living for new immigrants. Government cost taxpayers less, as
services need only be provided in one language. Personal safety is
improved, as emergency systems no longer face a multitude of language
barriers promoted by a polyglot culture.
Resolution sponsor and Maryland State Chair John Clark said, "We urge all of
our friends, neighbors, and families to take grassroots action. Contact the
President and your representatives in Congress and demand that HR 3333
becomes law. We should conduct citizenship ceremonies in English, once
again. Parents, not Washington bureaucrats, should decide in what language
their children are taught. This bill has languished since November of 2001.
It should be passed now."
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2