Can we can any more disrespect?

“The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700 languages depending on who randomly shows up” to vote, said Gingrich, who is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. He made the comments in a speech to the National Federation of Republican Women.

“The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. … We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto,” Gingrich said to cheers from the crowd of more than 100.

I happen to live in the ghetto. Well…it’s a rapidly gentrifying ghetto, but still inner city, dirt poor, strongly immigrant and heavily black. It gets a little tiresome having people suggest that we shouldn’t be able to read our ballots. We can’t vote until we learn the ‘language of prosperity’? I’d like Newt to come down here and tell that to a gathering of 100 people from my neighborhood. He’d get run out of town on a rail and with a white hood fastened to his thick neck.

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