English should be the official language of the United States to give the people what they want, to recognize the historic role, and to limit controversy. English should be the official language of the United States to give the citizens what they want. Some citizens of the United States are completely oblivious to the lack of an official language. If the United States is “run by the people” then should not the voice of Americans not only be heard but also acted upon? According to the U.S. census of 2012, 87% of Americans believe that English should be the official language of their proud country(Pro English).
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This is perhaps the best-known phrase in American history, as the phrase is generally considered the American creed and the foundation of democracy. The American creed represents our need for independence and equality of life. The American creed which appears in the Declaration of Independence written by our great leaders has been a statement that we have seen reinforced over history by our most influential leaders. Some of these statements are the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech. The Declaration of Independence is considered to be the founding document of the United States of America.
This speech of Emerson had brought a huge difference to the nation as the country still support independence of individuals and god gift rights to individual to do anything they can. There are many intelligent and learned people who are credited for the country’s pride which can be an ensue of being educated and independent. Thus the American scholar reflects the value of the declaration of independence and the American constitution
A country is at its fullest strength when it is a nation united. Michael Savage a conservative author and radio talk show host believes that “borders, language, and culture” are the foundations that support any nation. I believe in what Mr. Savage is saying is true, seeing that the formual of borders, language and culture will equal unity among a nation which will help achieve greater strengths. When an immigrant enters our country they apply for U.S. citizenship or green card. In order to proceed with obtaining it they must take ... ... middle of paper ... ...lty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Bilingual Education in Richard Rodriguez' Aria Richard Rodriguez offers an alternate yet equally profound truth: While our heritage and culture may remain forever tied to and expressed in our native or "home" language, only through the dominant language of our country (English in most cases) can we achieve a place in society that gives us a feeling that we belong amongst everyone else. The only way we can truly become a part of our community and fit in is to dominate the current spoken language. In the United States, the dominant language is Standard English. In this excerpt from "Aria," a chapter in his autobiography entitled "Hunger of Memory": The Education of Richard Rodriguez, Rodriguez discusses public and private languages, and agrees that his achievements in English separated him from his Spanish family and culture but also brought him "the belief, the calming assurance that [he] belonged in public." We as human beings want to feel we belong.
The Power of Language in American Culture Culture is a part of everyone's life, whether we choose to express it in our everyday lives or to just be aware of its presence. A major part of one's culture is a defining language. The topic of assimilation versus multiculturalism directly relates to culture in America, and even more specifically to the power of language in American culture. Since language is the basis of communication I think that all immigrants must assimilate to a certain degree by speaking English, while preserving their heritage if they choose to do so. Language is a very powerful thing.
They also are shown in citizen rights and responsibilities. 175 years after America gained independence, our democratic government is still standing strong. Why? Because the rights and responsibilities of a US citizen guards the basic ideas America was built on, and still stands for today. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Despite all these efforts, sometimes the issue concerning multiculturalism causes significant political and societal conflicts. Right now, United States is widely known as the greatest melting pot where people from different countries and with different cultures could be united as one. However, people have divided views with regards to the issue whether the immigrants should adopt America’s culture, or they should be given the freedom to keep their own culture. The majority of the Americans believed that one must learn first how to speak English before permitting to have an American citizenship. In support of the notion of melting pot, many Americans still insist that their Creed should endure, and their nation is destined to be a prime model to
They relied on the democratic government of England and to some extent to those of the United States, which guaranteed equal rights. Their vision of national identity included English as the primary language and the English culture as the standard for all of Canada. Two different types of nationalisms were then formed. The first was an ethnic nationalism in which French-speaking citizen felt that they owed their loyalty to the French community. The second was a civic nationalism in which the English-speaking citizens felt that they owed their loyalty to the entire nation of Canada (Conlogue, 21).