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People are very upset with candidate for Alabama governor Tim James for his political ad promising to give driver's tests (and other tests) only in English, and he doesn't understand why.  He blames the "extreme liberal media" and commentator Rachel Maddow for the hubbub.  After all, what's so bad about telling people, "This is Alabama; we speak English.  If you want to live here, learn it."?

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Yahoo! News article.

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bucktowntiger
Apr. 28th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
I LOL'd heartily.
tilt_longtail
Apr. 29th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I am moving to Alabama
graycoyote
Apr. 29th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
"This is America"

Right, I guess you better speak Cherokee or Algonquin....

oh wait....
brombear
Apr. 30th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
What I would give to LEARN Cherokee...
brombear
Apr. 30th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Ok...I got a chuckle, but he's got a point; INS requires potential citizens to learn how to read, write, and speak English.

marmoe
May. 4th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I agree in general, that if you live in a country you should try and learn its language, because only then you can meaningfully become a part of the society. However, the following should also be considered.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20100503/NEWS/100509938/1012

While looking into the story, I found out it has quite some history:
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20100502/news/100439999?p=2&tc=pg
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