Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Qué, Tim James?

Lord have mercy on us all! Have y'all seen this campaign ad by an Alabaman gubernatorial candidate named Tim James? He's saying that, if elected governor, he's only going to give the driver's license test in English.

That has got to be the most ignorant tripe I have heard in a loooong time. This guy is actually proud of his ignorance. Maybe some folks in Alabama only speak English, but they certainly don't represent the rest of the population. Furthermore, what he's suggesting is quite illegal. States are required to make public services available to people regardless of their native tongue. This is nothing more than a gimmick designed to make the white rednecks happy.

English isn't even the official language in the USA nor is it even among the original languages spoken here. If we were going to have some kind of law like this, French or Spanish would have a better claim because they've been spoken in this country since before it even became the United States.

Now, here's is the same ad that someone has (hilariously) altered to show just what this policy really boils down to.

1 comment:

Penny L. Richards said...

Beyond the social justice angle...'s DANGEROUS to have drivers out there who haven't been provided with the rules of the road in a form they can understand.'s NOT cost-effective if a whole bunch of people can't get a license--because they'll STILL need to get to work and buy groceries and get their kids to school somehow--you got enough buses ready for them, Tim James? Can they have train schedules that are legible?

...have you learned to speak another language, Tim James? And to read it, well enough to take a licensing test? If not, then how do you know it's so easy? You first, sir.