Broken Borders Theodore Roosevelt's Words To Live By

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Teddy Roosevelt exclaims, “We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people” (1). Roosevelt’s words reveal his thoughts in the article “Broken Borders: Teddy Roosevelt’s Words to Live By”. The English language acts as the foundation of the United States since the founding fathers establish a government in America. The documents that help shape America, such as the Bill of Rights and Constitution, which appear solely in the English language. Ever Since these documents emerge, America is a primarily English speaking country. Charles Krauthammer demonstrates in the article, “In Plain …show more content…
Krauthammer further illustrates that today in the United States Spanish is likely to take over the English language, for much of the population is Spanish speaking citizens (540). Creating a universal language that all citizens speak will initiate a common form of communication, so that all Unites States citizens can communicate and work efficiently with one another. In order for America to succeed and prosper over other powerful countries, all citizens must communicate and understand one another in order to discuss the issues of this country. If the United States allows for immigrants to continually speak their native language, and not assimilate or at least learn how to speak English, America will face great difficulty when trying to enforce laws and regulations. If Spanish eventually prevails over the English language much chaos will take place, for those who do not speak English are very unlikely to comprehend or understand the laws and regulations America constitutes. Instead the United States needs to unite its citizens under the language that it was founded upon. It is vital for the sake of our country to authorize an official language, especially in a government institution that requires Americans to work with one another. K.C. McAlpin demonstrates in the article “Why English Should Be the Official Language of the U.S.” that a government institution like the armed services and the …show more content…
Brandon Brice illustrates in the article “Why English should be the official language of the United States”, that the direct cost of translators and bilingual education alone averages from one to two billion dollars annually. This problem arises because the government of the United States is responsible for the costs of interpreters in schools, police departments, and hospitals, as well as dual-language driver’s license exams, tax forms, and voting ballots (2). If the United States agrees to constitute an official language, government spending will decrease greatly. If the United States establishes English as the official language the government will not have to print multiple copies of information in different languages, as well as financing for the many translators that the United States services every day. These services the government provides all come from the American citizen’s taxes. The longer the United States refuses to constitute an official language, the more taxes the American citizens pay. Citizens of America must not remain responsible to pay for those who speak another language, for it is unfair to tax members of society who take pride in knowing their country’s founding language. Reducing government spending in America is in the best interest of our country and American citizens. With the United States trillions of dollars in debt, America should do anything

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