- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Future pollsters
Over at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, where Republican Sen. John McCain learned his lessons several decades ago, Washington Program academic coordinator Peter P. Goodnow dispatched his international relations class into the streets to poll pedestrians 83 percent of whom, it turned out, held a college degree or higher on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Asked whether this and other foreign policy issues "will strongly influence your vote in upcoming elections," an impressive 44 percent replied yes and 36 percent said no, while the remainder were unsure or had no opinion.
In addition, 60 percent of those polled said the American media favors Israel with its reporting, while 13 percent said reporters were biased toward the Palestinians. Only 11 percent said the media doesn't show allegiance to either faction.

Melting of America
It seems incredibly odd to Mauro E. Mujica, chairman and CEO of U.S. English, that millions of people across the planet are learning and using English in record numbers, yet "there are groups in the United States trying to split this country up into linguistic ghettos where little or no English is spoken."
Among the guilty parties, says the chairman: immigrants and representative groups, the ACLU, congressmen and senators, and President George W. Bush.
"I blame the politicians," Mr. Mujica says in his office overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House.
Mr. Mujica is seeking approval of H.R. 1984, a bill introduced in the House to reaffirm English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstruction of the English language texts of U.S. laws.
"I'm told the president does not want it," Mr. Mujica says. "And if a Republican president does not want it, will I get it from a Democrat?"
Partly for "political" and partly for "politically correct" reasons the legislation is stalled not just by Congress, but by a White House in which the president hails from Texas (just last month, Texas' two Democratic gubernatorial candidates debated in both English and Spanish).
"[Mr. Bush] wants this so-called 'Spanish vote' in two years," says Mr. Mujica, an immigrant from Chile who labels himself more conservative than most Americans. "Yet in reality there is no such thing as a 'Spanish vote.' Half of recent immigrants don't even vote, and the other half, if they do vote, will vote Democrat."
Just last month, Mr. Mujica found himself in the uncomfortable position of praising Senate Democrats for opposing and postponing a measure by the Bush administration to grant amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants.
"Immigrants who follow the rules should be rewarded, not those who break the law," the chairman scolded Mr. Bush, calling his measure "political pandering of the highest level."
Ironically, the U.S. government has never adopted English as the nation's official language, even though 84 percent of Americans polled recently support the move. And while a multilingual population can be an asset to any nation, U.S. English says a government operating in two or more languages is a formula for chaos and disaster.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 329 languages are spoken in the United States, none as prevalently as English and Spanish, the latter growing tremendously.
"There is an invasion of this country right now," says Mr. Mujica, a successful architect and investor in numerous business interests who is also chairman of the U.S. Fulbright advisory board. "I see a future that is very bleak; the American society is being replaced. In 25 years we won't recognize this country."
Already the landscape is changing.
While 27 states have made English their official language (Iowa being the most recent, last month), four states Washington, Oregon, Rhode Island and New Mexico have taken official action in support of multilingualism in government.
And on a national scale, hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. are currently being educated primarily in languages other than English; the U.S. Postal Service is training employees to communicate with customers in nine languages; the Internal Revenue Service distributes 1040 forms and instruction booklets in Spanish; and the Immigration and Naturalization Service has conducted U.S. citizenship swearing-in ceremonies almost entirely in Spanish.
You don't need to understand English anymore to drive a car in America, either. In Maryland, drivers' license examinations are printed in English, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish, while in Virginia and the District they're printed in English and Spanish. In California, tests are given in a whopping 32 languages from Arabic and Farsi to Hebrew and Japanese Massachusetts in 25 languages, New York 23, Michigan 20, Rhode Island 19, New Jersey 15, Wisconsin 14, and South Carolina and Georgia 12.
Only Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming give tests in English only.

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