America the Beautiful

The end of the Winter Olympics reminds me of all the fuss about the Coke® ad of America the Beautiful. It played during the Super Bowl and the Olympics. It was a beautiful piece showing the different looks of Americans and the song being sung in immigrant native languages.

And, of course, it caused a backlash of we speak English here nonsense.

What are you afraid of?

How many of you spouting such nonsense are native American?

Just as I thought—none. How many of your ancestors came here speaking fluent English? Why is this a problem for you? Immigrants think so highly of YOUR country that they come here to make it their country and honor it and us by signing America the Beautiful in a language comfortable to them.

What are you afraid of?

They are as loyal to America as you are; maybe more so. Are they too successful for you? Would you rather have them unsuccessful and a tax burden for you—or are you a tax burden for them?

What are you afraid of?

Studies show by second generation immigrants are fully Americanized. I should know—I’m second generation. My grandparents were loyal Americans. My parents were loyal Americans. I’m a loyal American.

What are you afraid of?

First generation comes here, to a country and culture foreign to them. Of course they band together. Of course they retain their native language and culture. Of course they and their children and their grandchildren become Americanized.

What is so horrible about the song being song in all the languages that are apart of America—isn’t that what makes us great?

What are you so afraid of?


One thought on “America the Beautiful

  1. Tracy George says:

    It is no wonder minority groups have powerful lobbying efforts. They protect Americans who otherwise might be terrorized by our very own. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is for all Americans and this enlightened concept coming from the Enlightenment Movement of the 18th century draws people from every land to America. They are free to live as they choose. Every human being is attracted to these ideals; life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. English speaking or not is an American choice and right given to all peoples by our founding fathers. Truth be known; the English language originated in Europe,(Britain) making English a foreign language.

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