Saturday, September 8, 2007

Democratic Debate in Spanish on Sunday

As Kevin Johnson has previously noted, the Democratic presidential contenders have agreed to take part in a debate in Spanish.

This Sunday, September 9 at 7 p.m. (PST) on Univision television, there will be a Spanish debate of the Democratic candidates for the Presidency.  The majority if not all of the main candidates are going to participate.  They will be answering in English, and there will be translation.

Este domingo, el 9 de septiembre a las 7 p.m. (PST)  en Univision (Canal 14 localmente)  habra un debate en español de los precandidatos democraticas por la presidencia.  La mayoría si no todos de los candidatos principales van a participar.

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To hold a presidential candidate debate in any language other than English is an insult to all Americans, and a mockery of our criteria for new citizens, when we "expect" them to learn English in order to qualify for citizenship in the United States. So -- have we now become the United States of Mexico, as Calderon seems to think we are? Or is this still a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people - with the caveat supposedly being the American people, citizens, as opposed to those who have invaded us, and imposed their language on us by force of their presence?

Posted by: David Campbell | Sep 9, 2007 2:07:07 PM

I am a Cuban American Citizen
Who came to this Great Country
in 1947, and went to School in
Tennessee for four year at Columbia Military Academy, with
R.O.T.C. training by West Point
Officers,I am bilingual and
proud to be an American Citizen,
Sorry but you wrong about this
matter any news that would affect this country Country in the future should be translated
in any form of Language for the
world for our own benefit for all new people arriving from any
country in the world should be
informed of our great Country
and our Great DEMOCRACY.

Posted by: Frank Enriquez | Sep 10, 2007 5:39:46 AM

Mr. Enriquez is exactly right. Why would it be a mockery to help people better understand somebody who could possibly be our future president? To better inform people no matter what should be one of this countrys' goals.

Posted by: Abraham | Sep 10, 2007 8:56:49 AM

Congratulations on your accomplishments Mr. Enriquez but you must have missed that civics and history class that told you the difference between a deomocracy and a republic. The United States of America is a republic sir, not a democracy.

One of the many reasons it is a great republic is that it has standards and one of those is, English is the Language. There are plenty of ethnic newspapers, radio and TV stations to reach those who are arriving legally. If standards are continually watered down none of us will have a great country, just an unholy mess. The Tower of Babel might be an example.

Posted by: C. Bridges | Sep 10, 2007 9:14:52 AM

Congratulations on your accomplishments Mr. Enriquez but you must have missed that civics and history class that told you the difference between a deomocracy and a republic. The United States of America is a republic sir, not a democracy.

One of the many reasons it is a great republic is that it has standards and one of those is, English is the Language. There are plenty of ethnic newspapers, radio and TV stations to reach those who are arriving legally. If standards are continually watered down none of us will have a great country, just an unholy mess. The Tower of Babel might be an example.

Posted by: C. Bridges | Sep 10, 2007 9:15:50 AM

United States Citizens are not the only Americans. How can it be "an insult to all Americans" to have a debate broadcast in the first language for most true Americans? These debates should not only be televised in English and Spanish but in any language of an immigrant to the US. How can you be proud to be an "American" (and by that I mean a United States Citizen), a country which is supposedly proud to be a melting pot of cultures, but find it insulting to have the presidential debate broadcast in a language from one of these cultures. David Campbell you are a close minded hypocrite. The great thing about the United States is that it accepts people from all cultures, and all beliefs, and all languages. You cannot be proud to be an “American” without cherishing our differences; even if that means that some of our citizens find it easier to choose the destiny of our country when a debate is broadcast in a different language.

Posted by: H. Rule | Sep 11, 2007 11:08:52 PM

"These debates should not only be televised in English and Spanish but in any language of an immigrant to the US."

Rule, how could this practically be done for the thousands of languages spoken by immigrants to this country. It's just like liberals to pose the impossible.

"You cannot be proud to be an “American” without cherishing our differences;"

Actually, it's a waste of time to celebrate differences. I celebrate our similarities, the desire to live under a Constitution that respects the right of citizens. Those common desires are what "We The People" is about in the preamble of the Constitution. For most of our country's history the basic fundamental desires of our commonality have been reflected in our Bill of Rights. On the other hand, I've never heard of any historical call for celebrating diversity by our Founding Fathers. Perhaps they failed to see the wisdom or necessity to do so.

Many cultures have attributes that conflict with others and these are what wars are about. Look at what minor differences in culture have gotten Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq. Iraq is celebrating its diversity and is suffering for it. A recent study has shown that celebrating diversity sows the seeds of distrust between cultures, so I'll take celebrating our commonalities anytime.

Posted by: Horace | Sep 12, 2007 9:41:45 PM

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