McCain should pledge to Make English Official Language

Robert Lawless robert.lawless at
Fri Jul 18 20:00:11 UTC 2008

Harold Schiffman wrote:
> McCain should pledge to Make English Official Language
> by K.C. McAlpin
> Posted 07/17/2008 ET
> Updated 07/17/2008 ET
> McCain could take a page from colleagues
> like Sen. James Inhofe (R.-Okla.), who introduced the S.I. Hayakawa
> Official English Act, named after the late senator from California
Wow! Take a page from Sen. Inhofe! According to Wikipedia, this is 
Inhofe's profile:

"Inhofe is one of the most conservative 
</topic/conservatism-in-the-united-states> members of either house of 
Congress (the eighth-most conservative Senator, according to the March 
2007 National Journal rankings of Liberal/Conservative members of 
Congress^[6] <#wp-_note-5> ); among other political stances, he strongly 
opposes abortion </topic/abortion>.

"As a member of the Armed Services Committee, he was among the panelists 
questioning witnesses about the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse 
</topic/abu-ghraib-torture-and-prisoner-abuse-1>. There he made news by 
claiming he was "outraged by the outrage" over the revelations of abuse, 
suggesting that shock at the crimes was more offensive than the crimes 
themselves. He has also criticized the Red Cross </topic/red-cross> as a 
"bleeding heart </topic/bleeding-heart>". In 2006, Inhofe was one of 
only nine senators to vote against the McCain Detainee Amendment 
</topic/mccain-detainee-amendment> banning torture </topic/torture> on 
individuals in U.S. Government 
</topic/federal-government-of-the-united-states> custody^[7] 
<#wp-_note-6> ^[8] <#wp-_note-7> .

"Against the wishes of the Bush administration </topic/george-w-bush>, 
the Pentagon </topic/defense-department-of>, and the American Petroleum 
Institute </topic/american-petroleum-institute>, Inhofe has persistently 
blocked American ratification </topic/ratification> of the international 
Convention on the Law of the Sea 
</topic/united-nations-convention-on-the-law-of-the-sea>, claiming that 
the treaty </topic/treaty> would infringe on American sovereignty 

"Inhofe's consistent citing of the Bible </topic/bible> as the source 
for his stances on various political issues, such as gay rights 
</topic/lgbt-social-movements>, abortion </topic/abortion> and United 
States' support of Israel </topic/israel>^[9] <#wp-_note-8> has made him 
very popular among Christian fundamentalists."

And, of course, Hayakawa is best remembered for pulling the plug on free 
speech at the San Francisco State University and falling asleep at his 
desk in the Senate.

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