Don’t speak no English? ‘merica don’t wantcha

By Gary Kimsey

With my eyes rolled upward to demonstrate the stupidity of it all, I let out a disgusting snort when the news media recently reported Donald Trump eagerly supports legislation that favors immigrants who speak English.

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Gosh, there you have it. Such legislation would keep out Klingons and me—that is, if I weren’t already here, mind you.

You see, I’m a mumbler. My wife often asks: “What did you say?” My friends: “Huh?” People I’ve just met gaze quizzically at me as if I’m speaking, well, Klingon.

Chances are extremely excellent that I’d be nixed at the immigration office when asked what language I speak. “Engblurmumblelish,” I’d mumble.

A Klingon would reply, “qaStaH nuq jay’?” Which in English is the equivalent of barking out, “What the *$@expletive delete%* is going on?” Well, that’s if the Klingon is stubbornly contrary and refuses to reply in anything but his own native language. In actuality, Klingons speak perfect English.

Not familiar with Klingons? Click here to learn about them. Click here to find out about their language.

Introduced by conservative Republican U.S. senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, the legislation would cut immigration in half by changing the system for legal residency, or green cards. The new focus in this legislation, named the RAISE Act, would be on applicants who can financially support themselves and their families, have skills that contribute to our economy, and speak English.

The president and authors of the legislation have failed—either on purpose or through lack of vision—to take into account an important point: Humans have the ability to do great things. We can go to the moon and beyond. We visit ocean depths. We invented rapid global communication. And a measure of no less greatness: People who adopt a new motherland can actually learn her language.

Who would you vote for–a Klingon or Donald Trump? Take the short poll at the end of this blog.

I have to wonder if Mr. Trump himself would be let into the U.S. under the proposed legislation. Don’t believe me? Read his convoluted tweets. Are they really English? And, as far as his speaking English? Listen to the president’s spoken words, his inability to complete a sentence, his contrived words with no meaning, his verbal wanderings, misuse of verbs and subjects, nonsensical messages…well, the list goes on.

To be fair, however, I have to admit that Mr. Trump’s mangling of our verbal and written language is more representative of what’s happening in our society than one might like. In short, grammatically correct English is on the way out. How often do we hear people make such statements as “Me and Joe went to the movies” and “He don’t know nothing”? (Uh, just in case, please note that it should be “Joe and I…” and “He doesn’t know anything….”)

Do Klingons speak English better than Donald Trump? Take the short poll below.

And the written language? Oh, ye gads. Let me give a small example of what I’ve witnessed. I taught a magazine writing class for college seniors and graduate students for a couple of years. Each semester I had to give remedial grammar lessons. A plural verb goes with a plural subject…a singular noun takes a singular pronoun…and so on and so forth. Many of these supposedly highly educated students had no idea how to craft a grammatically correct sentence.

Anyway, at this very spot, I would like to make a graceful transition to a related topic by writing, “Well, now, all kidding aside….” Unfortunately, I wasn’t kidding about the above observations.

The proposed legislation smacks not only of racism but also of economic ignorance. The U.S. is beset by an aging population and low fertility rates—two trends that economists say severely limit our society’s innovation and economic growth.  By restricting immigration, we dull our economic edge.

The legislation also would close the spigot on a stream of workers—both in the high-tech and lower-skilled areas—that America needs to fill big gaps in our labor force.  Ask yourself how many vegetables, really, will end up in our grocery stores if we impose an English-only rule on the folks doing the backbreaking harvesting.

Thanks to immigration, businesses are created and improvements are made, leading to more jobs in our country. Boosting economic growth is an issue that should be supported by all of the congress—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. With this thought in mind, I encourage you to contact your congressional representatives to voice opposition to the legislation.

If that doesn’t work, tell them, “wo’ batlhvaD.” After all, as this Klingon saying goes, we’re on the same team, aren’t we?

 

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Welcome to a new blog that maps a positive course through America’s perilous times

Concerned American writers have joined together to create this new blog, Writers With No Borders, to offer their thoughts on how to steer our nation through perilous times.

The writers aren’t the media elite who receive so much criticism these days. Instead, they are your neighbors, the person you might meet in a coffee shop or tavern, the guy who drives an old car, and the lady who frets over trying to be the superwoman that society claims should be able to do everything. They are like you.

The author of this blog post is Gary Kimsey, a writer who lives in Missouri in the winter and Colorado in the summer. Learn more about him…

Solve problems: These writers have several things in common: They see danger now and ahead for our country and the world. They like to write about current issues. What they have to say is important. Their views will focus on challenges faced by Americans and action that can be taken to solve problems. logo_fina_150pixels

I’ll be one of the writers. I picked up my pen—well, that is, I sat down at my computer—because it’s my view we have plunged into dangerous times politically, environmentally and socially.

Danger for the United States has existed at various levels since 1776, but now the perilous times have been incredibly heightened by Donald Trump, his tweets and his controversial orders. Regardless of whether you voted for him, you surely must be concerned, too, about what has happened since the inauguration.

As a rule, I’m apolitical. I believe everyone has a right to vote as they believe and that all of us should abide by the results. I’m a registered independent and I vote for the person, not the party. I follow news closely. I prefer to watch and read about answers rather than problems. Nonetheless, and I dislike pointing this out, here’s what I’ve seen and what I think:

After spending less than two weeks in office, the president has lied about the size of the inauguration crowd, committed to building a wall of questionable value that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars; muzzled the EPA; tried to bully Australia, one of America’s longest and most faithful friends; angered Mexicans to the point where they are boycotting U.S. goods embraced Putin, ignored Russia’s new military thrust againt Ukraine; alienated countries around the world by banning Muslims; enhanced the recruiting capabilities of ISIS; threatened a respected university where protests occurred on February 1; insulted the CIA and other intelligence agencies; and harshly warned the sovereign countries of the United Nations not to take views that oppose the U.S. Don’t believe this last point? Consider the message offered last week by Nikki Haley, Trump’s United Nations ambassador: “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names.”

A couple of days ago one of my friends posted a link on Facebook that went to a USA Today article with this headline: Analysis: Trump’s start creates chaos by doing what he promised. My friend added this to his post: “By doing what he promised. Were people not listening?!?” He meant, of course, when they voted for him.

To get worse: I replied back to my friend: “People were listening, but I suspect many didn’t believe he actually would do such insanely dangerous things. And we’re only days into his administration. Listen to this: It will get worse.”

Millions of people have already marched in protest of Trump. Thousands demonstrate daily. Peace is likely to give way to violence, unfortunately. On January 31, in what I suspect may be an opening salvo to more violent protests, police used pepper gas to disperse unruly protesters in Ohio.

Listen to this: It will get worse. I pray that I’m wrong.

Look for diverse views and topics from Writers With No Borders

In future posts of Writers With No Borders, writers will at times focus on Trump, but they will also venture into such topics as global warming, women’s rights, religious freedom, health care, jobs, the economy, public education, immigration, renewable energy, oil, hacking, congress, terrorism, nuclear weapons, and, among others, political swamps.

Diversity of views is good thing for our society. It’s a large part of the foundation upon which America was built upon and is nourished. That’s what this blog is all about: diversity of views. It is the reason we’ve asked a variety of writers to offer their opinions and solutions.

Time for regular folks: This blog was also developed as a way to step over and beyond the power elite, the political elite, the economic elite: They can’t agree on any ideas or feasible solutions. It’s time for regular folks to take the lead.

Regardless of where you on the proverbial political aisle, now is the time to stay abreast of issues. Join political groups. Join environmental organizations. Speak your views. Look beyond Facebook and Twitter headlines. Stay peaceful.

Read news, editorials and analysis offered by quality news organizations. Research to find the truth. Verify information by going to reputable sites like FactCheck.org and Snopes.org.

Keep track of what your local and national politicians are doing. Email them. Tweet them. Call them. Go old style: Write them letters. Better yet, visit their offices. Take your views to them. Send us your views, too. And, again, stay peaceful.

Now is the time.

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Welcome to a new blog that maps a positive course through America’s perilous times

Concerned American writers have joined together to create this new blog, Writers With No Borders, to offer their thoughts on how to steer our nation through perilous times.

The writers aren’t the media elite who receive so much criticism these days. Instead, they are your neighbors, the person you might meet in a coffee shop or tavern, the guy who drives an old car, and the lady who frets over trying to be the superwoman that society claims should be able to do everything. They are like you.

The author of this blog post is Gary Kimsey, a writer who lives in Missouri. Learn more about him…

Solve problems: These writers have several things in common: They see danger now and ahead for our country and the world. They like to write about current issues. What they have to say is important. Their views will focus on challenges faced by Americans and action that can be taken to solve problems. logo_fina_150pixels

I’ll be one of the writers. I picked up my pen—well, that is, I sat down at my computer—because it’s my view we have plunged into dangerous times politically, environmentally and socially.

Danger for the United States has existed at various levels since 1776, but now the perilous times have been incredibly heightened by Donald Trump, his tweets and his controversial orders. Regardless of whether you voted for him, you surely must be concerned, too, about what has happened since the inauguration.

As a rule, I’m apolitical. I believe everyone has a right to vote as they believe and that all of us should abide by the results. I’m a registered independent and I vote for the person, not the party. I follow news closely. I prefer to watch and read about answers rather than problems. Nonetheless, and I dislike pointing this out, here’s what I’ve seen and what I think:

After spending less than two weeks in office, the president has lied about the size of the inauguration crowd, committed to building a wall of questionable value that will cost taxpayers from $15 billion to $40 billion, muzzled the EPA, stuck a spike in the heart of America’s friendship with Mexico, embraced Putin, alienated countries around the world by banning Muslims, enhanced the recruiting capabilities of ISIS, and threatened the United Nations. Don’t believe this last point? Consider the message offered last week by Nikki Haley, Trump’s United Nations ambassador: “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names.”

A couple of days ago one of my friends posted a link on Facebook that went to a USA Today article with this headline: Analysis: Trump’s start creates chaos by doing what he promised. My friend added this to his post: “By doing what he promised. Were people not listening?!?” He meant, of course, when they voted for him.

To get worse: I replied back to my friend: “People were listening, but I suspect many didn’t believe he actually would do such insanely dangerous things. And we’re only days into his administration. Listen to this: It will get worse.”

Millions of people have already marched in protest of Trump. Thousands demonstrate daily. Peace is likely to give way to violence, unfortunately. Yesterday, in what I suspect may be an opening salvo to more violent protests, police used pepper gas to disperse unruly protesters in Ohio.

Listen to this: It will get worse. I pray that I’m wrong.

Look for diverse views and topics from Writers With No Borders

In future posts of Writers With No Borders, writers will at times focus on Trump, but they will also venture into such topics as global warming, women’s rights, religious freedom, health care, jobs, the economy, public education, immigration, renewable energy, oil, hacking, congress, terrorism, nuclear weapons, and, among others, political swamps.

Diversity of views is good thing for our society. It’s a large part of the foundation upon which America was built upon and is nourished. That’s what this blog is all about: diversity of views. It is the reason we’ve asked a variety of writers to offer their opinions and solutions.

Time for regular folks: This blog was also developed as a way to step over and beyond the power elite, the political elite, the economic elite: They can’t agree on any ideas or feasible solutions. It’s time for regular folks to take the lead.

Regardless of where you on the proverbial political aisle, now is the time to stay abreast of issues. Join political groups. Join environmental organizations. Speak your views. Look beyond Facebook and Twitter headlines. Stay peaceful.

Read news, editorials and analysis offered by quality news organizations. Research to find the truth. Verify information by going to reputable sites like FactCheck.org and Snopes.org.

Keep track of what your local and national politicians are doing. Email them. Tweet them. Call them. Go old style: Write them letters. Better yet, visit their offices. Take your views to them. Send us your views, too. And, again, stay peaceful.

Now is the time.

Upcoming: In the next post of Writers With No Borders, Bear Jack Gebhardt, a writer in Colorado, will focus on how to nourish your life and your soul while putting up a resistance to today’s tangled problems. Watch for his post on February 1.

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