President Bush made a strong, unequivocal statement in support of English as the language of America today, and he should be applauded for doing so. He could have chosen instead to respond with some sort of multicultural blather, but he did not; he defended American identity, specifically the central role of English in our culture:
A Spanish language version of the national anthem was released Friday by a British music producer, Adam Kidron, who said he wanted to honor America’s immigrants.
When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: “I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”
We, like the president, speak both Spanish and English. This is not about being anti-Spanish. It’s about defending American culture, and being proud of it, not apologizing for it.