Joey Vento: An Assimilation Warrior


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He weathered the same old slings, arrows and accusations of being a “racist,” “xenophobe,” “nativist” and immigrant-basher — despite the fact that generations of assimilated immigrants and naturalized Americans agree with him. The vast majority of Americans support English as the official language of the United States. Latino parents in California revolted against “bilingual education” mandates that stuck their kids in Spanish-only classes.

Generations of successful immigrant families in America know English is the language of success, not the language of oppression. Yet, politicians in both parties have pandered ceaselessly to the language-Balkanizers.

The Clinton administration gave us Executive Order 13166, effectively requiring all government agencies to provide translations into any language on demand. Rather than rescind the order, the Bush administration went after localities and forced them to provide foreign language materials. In 2004, the Bush administration ordered Harris County, Texas, to provide all voter registration and election information and supplies, including the voting machine ballot, in Vietnamese, as well as English and Spanish.

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Justice threatened to cut off federal funding to the state of Oklahoma over a state constitutional amendment proposal to designate English as its official language. The Obama DOJ also has ordered my home state of Colorado to protect the interests of “language minority populations” by funding free translators for any foreigners — legal or illegal — who sue in civil cases here. In the same vein, the Philadelphia Human Rights Commission that tried to silence Vento distributes pamphlets asking “Are you a victim of discrimination?” in seven languages.

“Progressive” politicians pandering for votes treat non-English speakers as hopeless victims of white hegemony, instead of beneficiaries of the American dream. By contrast, small-business man Joey Vento promoted a common culture, a common tongue and common sense. We need more assimilation warriors like him to challenge the infantilizing Babel Lobby.

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  • LUZ LAGASCA

    JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I READ EVERYTHING YOU WRITE. YOU ARE A RARETY. REALLY PROUD OF YOU. KEEP THE GOOD WORK AND 'WILL HELP YOU SPREAD AROUND ,,WE NEED YOU AND THE REST OF THE GOOD PEOPLE TO KNOW ALL THESE RIGHT THINGS.

  • StephenD

    MS. Malkin, You are a National Treasure to be sure.
    It seems this is the tip of the iceberg. How long before it IS illegal for someone to voice their opinion if it may cause offense to another? I see monsters like the OIC getting support for just such laws in the UN by the likes of Hillary and Obama. How long before it is enacted here? Who needs a law protecting your right to speak freely if everything you say is not offensive to anyone? I recognize that once this right is gone all others are soon to follow. If you cannot disagree, the ones in power get to make all the rules.

  • http://www.ceousa.org Roger Clegg

    Great column. BTW, here's my top-ten list of what we should demand from those who want to become Americans (and those who are already Americans, for that matter). The list was first published in an National Review Online column a decade ago [link: http://old.nationalreview.com/comment/comment0912… ], and it is fleshed out in Congressional testimony [link: http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/May2007/Clegg… ]:

    1. Don’t disparage anyone else’s race or ethnicity.
    2. Respect women.
    3. Learn to speak English.
    4. Be polite.
    5. Don’t break the law.
    6. Don’t have children out of wedlock.
    7. Don’t demand anything because of your race or ethnicity.
    8. Don’t view working and studying hard as “acting white.”
    9. Don’t hold historical grudges.
    10. Be proud of being an American.

  • AL__

    R.I.P.