Please Vote, Nashville

Polls open at 7 a.m.

Let’s just briefly run down why English-only is a bad idea.

1.  It’s bigoted.

2.  Racists are heavily funding it.

3.  It’s inhospitable.

4.  It sends the wrong message to potential employers.

5.  Trying to enact English-only in a special election is a huge waste of money.

6.  If we do enact it, we could lose massive federal dollars as a city.

7.  And there will be lawsuits.  Which we will lose, repeatedly.

If for no other reason, think of the people in Nashville who are out of work.  You know some, I know you do.  We all know smart, capable people who just need a good job to support their families.  Until the economy turns around, the only way for a city to add jobs is to add places looking to employ people.  We have to attract business and industry.

And we have heard repeatedly from business and industry leaders that English-only will dissuade them from coming here.

Yes, I am a crazed liberal Democrat who believes that you should be able to hear 80 languages anywhere you go, so I know I don’t have a lot of credibility here.  But listen.  The economic shit has hit the fan.  All over the city places are cutting or have cut back.  If we want to add jobs, we have to look as attractive as possible.

Defeating English-only is as easy a way as there is of making Nashville look like a good place to move your business.

Please, vote in your own economic self-interest.

Please, vote no.

14 thoughts on “Please Vote, Nashville

  1. Right now I kinda wish I hadn’t moved to Wilson County, just so I could vote against it. Of course tomorrow I’ll be glad I did move out of Davidson so I can say I don’t live where it passed.

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  3. You forgot #8 – vote against it so coucilmen/women trying to make a name for him/herself won’t be tempted to make metro spend $500,000+/- on a useless special election.

  4. Reasons 5-7 are good enough for me.

    I’ll echo W’s sentiment about no longer being a Davidson County resident.

    Smyrna may be full of rubes and hicks, but they aren’t so ignorant as to chase off the foreign devils whose presence drives the local economy.

  5. (That is to say that Crafton’s initiative probably sounded a whole lot better in its original German text.)

  6. Here is Brentwood we just keep out ‘dem illegal types the old-fashioned way: we make it too expensive for them to live here. Build our houses; just don’t live in ’em. That’s our motto.

    Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to scold Consuela for neglecting to dust the TV cabinet again.

  7. You left out the most important reason to vote against: an English-only government actually inhibits immigrants from learning the language. That sounds paradoxical, but it isn’t. An immigrant family comes to this country, and, since they can’t immediately understand what the gov’t is saying to them, they ignore it (and since the gov’t functions only in English, it ignores them, too), so little things like requiring kids to go to school instead of going to work in a soda-factory or a garment sweatshop where they have to stand on a box to be able to reach the table where they’re cutting the cloth sort of slip through the cracks. So not only the parents, but the kids as well grow up surrounded only by other immigrants who don’t speak English, the family doesn’t get services it might be able to use, the kids don’t learn English much, they don’t help teach their parents and aren’t available to them as translators, and much of the surrounding culture passes them by.

  8. If this passes, I’m going to immediately try to enlist John Lamb in helping me file a lawsuit to turn all the “avenues” into good old English “streets” or “lanes” or “roads.” And then, I’m going to try to get him to help me legally force the city to change Demonbreun street to “Devilbaer” street.

    Ha ha ha ha ha.

    Okay, maybe that’s not that funny.

  9. If this passes, I’m going to immediately try to enlist John Lamb in helping me file a lawsuit to turn all the “avenues” into good old English “streets” or “lanes” or “roads.”

    Why stop there? Nashville would have to be renamed Nashborough. Get that French ville out of there.

    Hell, Tennessee is a Cherokee name. Have to get rid of that, too.

    You left out the most important reason to vote against: an English-only government actually inhibits immigrants from learning the language.

    Put it this way to anyone on the fence — if you’re in a bad car wreck, and the only person who finds you is a Mexican immigrant, would you like him to be able to tell the 911 operator where to find you? Or not?

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