In its current edition, the New England Journal of Medicine observed that many hospital patients in the United States are put at risk because they don't speak English and, thus, can't communicate with medical professionals when they are sick or injured and end up in an emergency room or trauma unit. The tone of the article suggested the fault for this dilemma lies at the doorstep of the hospitals and medical care facilities that don't provide translators for illegal aliens and English-deficient aliens here on student visas or green cards.
In May, 2005 the Council on Foreign Relations put together a North America Community Task Force that was focused on seamlessly merging the peoples and economics of the United States, Canada and Mexico into a North American Union. What that means is that, under the terms of the trade agreement signed by President George W. Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Bush can't seal the American borders. The triparte agreement between the three nations contains an "open skies and open roads" clause that requires each nation to have free access to the other two. To go along with this "openness," a biometric triparte border pass (i.e., an tri-national ID card) is being developed to guarantee North American citizens effortless access to the North American continent.
If you want to blame someone for the language barrier, you might blame President George W. Bush whose internationalism has put him in a position where he can't enforce the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. In six years, Bush prosecuted exactly four business owners for hiring illegal aliens. When Congress authorized the hiring of 8 thousand new US Border Patrol agents, the Bush Administration hired 200. And, Bush has done nothing to secure the borders, leaving the Southern door wide open for any terrorist touting a belt-load of explosives to walk right into the country like a welcomed guest. Or, you could blame former co-presidency of Bill and Hillary Clinton who, to get 5 million brand new Democratic voters in 1996, illegally waived US law and allowed 5 million Hispanic and Oriental alien residents to take their citizenship examinations in their native languages even though US law requires the test to be taken in English only. Or, you can blame the globalists who have been trying, since 1920, to create global government. Studying the unraveling of the societal thread of the Soviet Union, experts decided that the Soviet Union collapsed largely because the Kremlin was never able to assimilate those they forcibly absorbed through conquest.
Over 83 years those conquered peoples were ethnically, culturally and linguistically separate from the ethnic Russians. As captives, they had no interest or desire to be assimilated into the Soviet society. For that reason, absorbing conquered people was a problem for Vladimir Lenin in 1920, and it continued to be a problem for every Soviet leader through the history of the Soviet systemand it remains such today even though the former captive satellite countries are theoretically independent nations.
National separatism grew over the years, making it even more difficult for the Soviet bureaucracy to manage its deeply troubled economy. Compounding the economic dilemma of the Soviets was the need of the Russian oligarchs to buttress their occupation garrisons in most of the captive nations under their control with costly occupation-strength armies, further aggravating their financial woes. Efforts to assimilate the captive people met such resistance that Josef Stalin was eventually forced to make his commissars and the bureaucrats assigned to rule the captured lands learn the language of the conquered people. As a result, those captive ethnic groups retained not only their own languages, but their cultural diversity as well. The problem did not get better with time. National unity was never achieved. Ethnically, these diverse groups remained ideologically linked with the cultural moorings of their separatist pasts.
From the Soviet failure at assimilation, the utopian ideologues who want to collapse the American republic learned a valuable lesson that would pay huge dividends over the next 50 years. Diligently the liberals worked unobtrusively within the societal structure of America using ethnic separatism and cultural diversity as an inherent right of minority races to weaken and ultimately destroy the fabric of patriotic unity in America, one thread at a time. Ethnic and cultural separatism will prove to be the Achilles Heel of this nation of immigrants. Separatism will destroy the fiber of national unity in America through the deliberate fractionalization of the people of the United States into subcultures within the social structure of the nation.
This has largely achieved over time not by promoting America as a nation of free men unified to protect the inherent rights of each other so they can work together to keep the nation strong, but as a multi-lingual, multicultural society in which diversity, not unity, is encouraged not only as a right but as a cultural obligation. This obligationthe official agenda of governmentwas actively pursued by Hillary Rodham Clinton in the opening months of the Clinton years when the most powerful woman in America went on the record on Nov. 11, 1993 and said: "When middle class whites flee from an area that has a significant African-American population...[they perpetuate]...a vicious cycle wherein tax money is no longer available for our entitlement programs. These whites are practicing an intolerable elitism when they moved into moated communities with fences and guards. This is an offense to the African-American and Latino communities. It's the same sort of thing as whites taking their children out of public schools because of what they perceive are dangerous conditions...I think that all housing projects, regardless of the price of the units involved or the location and regardless of whether these units are public or private in nature, be mandated by Federal law to provide 25% low-cost minority housing. Perhaps then the elitists would be forced to come to grips with the plain fact that this is going to be a multicultural, multiracial country very quickly, and we are not going to tolerate or perpetuate defacto segregation." [Whatever Happened To America; Hallberg Publishing; © 2000; Jon Christian Ryter; pgs. 502-503.]
The last ten UN Global Summits gave high priorities to pushing its multicultural and multiracial agenda in the United States in order to create a blended societal homology in the United States that is neither black nor white, yellow or tan, rich or poor, theist or atheist. What has happened along our Southern border since 1990, and the lack of interest on the part of the Clinton and both the Bush-41 and -43 administrations to secure our borders and halt the influx of illegals into America.
The New England Journal of Medicine noted that in the last decade of the 20th century, the number of non-English speaking residents in the United States grew by over 7 millionup to 25 million. Ninety percent of them, or more, are illegal. Those without a basic proficiency in English were not just Mexican. Many are Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean and, surprisingly, Russian. Non-English speaking residents in the United States total about 8% of the population.
Several studies done by minority rights groups studying language barriers in American healthcare facilities suggested that few, if any, hospitals regularly employ staff interpreters and rely, instead, on minority employees to communicate with injured people coming into their emergency rooms. The purpose of these "studies" is to create a catalyst that will pressure Congress into enacting a law requiring healthcare facilities to provide translators for every language and/or dialect spoken with the trade area serviced by those healthcare facilities.
The article's author, Dr. Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrics professor at Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he is also Director, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children. Flores is a former Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Faculty Scholar and Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Gen. Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. whose wealth finances the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was the son of the founder of Johnson & Johnson. Johnson, a Freemason, was the 64th wealthiest man in America. He was politically involved in minority medical issues until his death in 1968. In 1998 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation financed a secret project for the Clinton Administration to keep it off the public radar screenfunding biometric healthcare cards containing tracking chips for an experimental welfare program called Health Passport in North Dakota, Wyoming and Nevada. The Smart Card technology was used to create not only a medical database on the families of welfare recipients, but a complete historyincluding a history of mental illness and criminal activity. Not exactly the type of information a doctor needs to know if a welfare child's inoculations are current. The GPS tracking chip in the Health Passport card allowed authorities to physically track the whereabouts of the cardholderand track them the Department of Health and Human Services did, for four years. Since the poorest Americans are the most transient, the tracking card provided DHHS with the migratory pattern of the card's recipients.
Flores' language barrier advocacy is an agenda-driven program with an objective. At the end of that objective is the dissolution of America's borders, the assimilation of minority races into our society and, ultimately, subjecting the American people to not quite willing membership in a global society governed by not the quite democratic laws of other nations. Flores, who has been an advocate of minority issues for most of his professional life, correctly noted in the Journal of Medicine article that patients who cannot communicate their symptoms are at risk.
Flores noted that the lack of interpreters translates into impaired health care and the likelihood of the patient not being given a follow-up appointmentor their keeping it. Flores is correct. People who can't probably communicate their symptoms may be treated for something that does not afflict them. People who don't understand English will also likely have difficulty understanding how to administer the medications prescribed by an English-speaking doctor and filled in an English-speaking pharmacy.
He also cited a case in Florida where an non-English speaking Hispanic 18-year complained of being nauseated. In Spanish, the word for nauseated is intoxicado. The emergency room doctor heard the word "intoxicated," and thought the young man was telling him he was drunk. Thirty-six hours later the hospital realized he had a brain aneurysm. The hospital settled the malpractice suit for $71 million. The youth ended up a quadriplegic.
Flores also reported on an incident in which non-English speaking parents took their 10-month old daughter to a pediatric clinic because she seemed listless. The infant was diagnosed with iron-deficient anema. The doctor gave them a prescription for Fer-Gen-Sol iron, 15 mg per 0.6 l, 1.2 ml (3.5 mg) daily. The pharmacistwho spoke only Englishused a medicine dropper to show the parents how to properly measure the dosage. The label on the prescription bottle was written in English. Within 15 minutes of administering the first dose, the 10-month old vomited twice. The parents rushed her to the closest emergency room which it was discovered the baby was suffering from iron poisoning. Questioned by hospital personnel, the parents said they gave their daughter a tablespoon of medicationabout 43 mg, or about ten times to prescribed dosage.
These and hundreds of other healthcare-related language barrier incidents are tragic, but the solutions proposed by the utopian bureaucrats are even more tragic. The utopian solution is to force businesses to hire interpreters, print all government regulations in the 101 known languages and dialects spoken in the United States, and force manufacturers to use multilingual packaging. And, of course, printing street signs in several languages to accommodate those living here who don't wish to be assimilated into the American society. Although it would be viewed by the liberals as politically incorrect, we need to mandate that anyone entering the United States be required to learn English before they can become a citizen (as required by US law).
The decision to educate Hispanic children in Spanish and not English, and children from other countries in their native language rather than English is not the choice of their parents who clearly understand that for their children to become part of the American dream, they have to be assimilated into the society, not a subculture on the fringe of that society. It's a utopian decision by bureaucrats who want to use the offspring of the world's human capital to fracture the patriotic bond of America, and drive the wedge of mistrust into the population in order to divide the people of the United States to make it easier to conquer them.
If I chose to live in Mexico City, Berlin, Paris, Seoul, or Beijing it would be incumbent on me to learn the language because it's a bankable certainty that the Mexican, German, French, Korean or Chinese governments don't feel obligated to provide interpreters for me at the expense of their taxpayers. Nor would I expect it. Why should those who decide to come hereespecially illegal aliensexpect to be accommodated with what amounts to as a free ride at the expense of the overtaxed American taxpayers? Because that's what the engraved invitation says.
On August 11, 2000 as he was flying to the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles which nominated Al Gore, Jr., former President Bill Clinton signed that engraved invitationExecutive Order 13166. According to the Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights at the time, EO 13166 requires any recipient of federal funds to take "reasonable steps" to provide access to services to persons with limited English proficiency by providing instructions in their native language, and on-staff interpreters whenever needed. The Executive Order, "Improving Access to Services For Persons With Limited English Proficiency" required federal agencies to examine the services they provided, identify needed services not provided, and implement a plan to provide those services. Among those "needed services," are bridging the language barriera problem magnified by Bill Clinton's alien amnesty in 1996 when the Clinton Administration fast-tracked 5 million resident aliensmany of whom were illegalsto citizenship by waiving a 100-year old federal requirement that mandates that those applying for citizenship must be reasonably fluent in England and allowing non-English speaking applicants take their citizenship exams in their native languages. The Clintons decided that Americans must bridge the language barrier not by forcing those who want to live here to learn how to communicate with other Americans in English, but by forcing employers to either hire supervisors who are fluent in the languages that their employees speak since the bureaucracy decided that it was a form of discrimination not to hire a person simply because he or she does not speak, or understand, English. Without an legislative debate by those we elect, and without a basis in law, the Clintons made the inability to speak fluent English a protected civil right in the United States. The President of the United States does not have the constitutional right to "legislate." He cannot create law. Any presidentDemocrat or Republicanwho attempts to create social policy by fiat needs to be impeached. And any judge sitting on any court in the land who fails to abrogate presidential excursions into legislative or judicial terrain needs to be impeached. And, State or federal legislators who fail to act in the best interests of the citizens need to be recalled and removed from office.
When Clinton signed EO 13166, it didn't matter that the newly-hired non-English speaking person who may have to interact daily with English-only speaking consumersand therefore could not perform even the most basic rudiments of the job he or she was being hired to performthe employer was nevertheless required to hire them since the bureaucracy viewed their language "impairment" as a covered handicap under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. When Clinton promulgated illegal law with EO 13166an unofficial UN policy for a multilingual United Statesseveral Congressmen and Senators on both sides of the aisle denounced the Executive Order as they had hundreds of other EOs whenever Clinton ignored the constitutional provisions of lawmaking and abused the presidency by going over the heads of Congress to illegally create unpopular laws by fiat that could never have been successfully legislated by Congress. In a July, 1998 interview with the Los Angeles Times, former Clinton policy adviser Paul Begala commented: "Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool." I think that's called dictatorship. And, it isn't cool. It's frightening.
Clinton Administration recess-appointed Assistant Attorney General and civil rights czar Bill Lann Lee noted that a lack of translation services (for any of the 101 languages and dialects spoken in various parts of the United States by minority-minorities) could be construed as a hate crime. A statement from Lee's office at the time confirmed that "...the failure to address language barriers may not be simply an oversight, but rather may be attributableat least in partto invidious discrimination on the basis of national origin and race...The bottom line here is that to be unable or unwilling to speak English is no longer a "personal problem," but an entitlement to service in the language of your choice."
During the Clinton-Gore years, lawyers lined up to file language barrier discrimination lawsuits and federal discrimination complaints for non-English speaking residents and newly-sworn citizens. One such complaint filed against the Montefiore Family Health Center with DHHS in 1999a year before EO 13166argued that the Bronx quick-care health facility discriminated against Chay Lay Tiang because they did not have a Khmer translator on the premise when he unexpectedly showed up for treatment. In 1995 the State of New Mexico stopped giving drivers' license tests in Spanish because a State court ruled if the license test is provided in any language other than English, it must be made available in every language spoken anywhere in the country. The federal government printing office now prints every government instruction form in 101 languages and dialects.
Today, when you call any bank or financial institution, public utility, or government agency, we hear a prompt that says, "...to continue in English, press one." We are now officially a bilingual nation. But it should be incumbent upon the new arrivals to the greatest nation Earth to learn how to communicate with their new neighbors, not the English speaking citizens to be forced to endure the cost of providing multilingual translators in every business, healthcare facility and/or public utility or government office in the country since the cost has been staggeringand it has been funded 100% by the customers and/or taxpayers who do not require foreign language services.
I have no inherent right to expect translators would be available for my use if I opted to move to a foreign country that speaks a language in which I am not proficient. That comes under the heading of "my problem." While it may sound uncaringeven unchristianand perhaps even callous, it's a reality in the real world. If you decide to live in another country, have the courtesy to learn the language before you sneak across the border or apply for a resident visa.
The "language barrier" is not a disability. While those who can't communicate are, of course, handcapped in our society. But the inability to speak English is not a "handicap" in the physiological sense. It is tragic, but expected, that people who are not proficient in the English language are misunderstood when they go to free clinics or hospital emergency rooms and attempt to explain their symptoms of their illnesses, or can't understand the doctors and/or medical personnel who are attempting to help them. But, whether the foreign national is here legally or illegally, it's their fault. It's not like they were brought to the United States against their will. And, it's not that resident alien adults were refused permission to learn Englisheven though their children, in our public school system, may have been. Policies established by the Clinton Department of Educationand not changed by the Bush-43 Department of Educationrequire that alien children be taught in their native language in order to "protect" their cultural diversity. The cultural diversity that ultimately collapsed the Soviet Union is alive and well in the educational facilities of the American public school system.
Clearly monolingual businesses in a multilingual society are at an economic disadvantageas is the quality of care in monolingual healthcare facilities in bilingual or multilingual communities are . Unfortunately the language barrier can be as impenetrable as a brick wall. Something has to be doneparticularly in hospitals where clear and precise communication is needed to treat patients and save lives. But declaring the language barrier to be a legal "handicap" instead of learning laziness is an example of the stupidity of a government bureaucracy that believes tax dollars can solve every ill of mankind if enough tax dollars are taken from the pockets of the American wage-earner. Punishing the American taxpayer because those who steal into our country in the middle of the night can't speak our language isn't a solution, it compounds the problem and assures that the illegal aliens in our midst will never be assimilated into the fabric of our society since it is like trying to cross weave burlap and silk. The first American flag was woven from homespun. America is a homespun country made up of immigrants. However, the immigrants that were woven into the fabric of a nation in the late 19th and early 20th century wanted to invest their sweat equity in nation-building because they knew their dream was part of the American dream.
As American transnationalists export US jobs to Mexico, radical Hispanicsencouraged by the Mexican government that does not want to deal with themare exporting poverty to the American Southwest. The majority of the illegals entering the country through our porous Southern borders are not nation builders. They are thieves, murderers, drug runners, and other serious criminal typesthe dregs and cast coffees of the impoverished northern Mexican border society. In fairness it must be noted that many of those who enter the nation illegally first tried to gain legal entry into the United States and failed. They are honest, hardworking men and women who want nothing more than to capture the gold ring and, with it, a thin slice of the American dream.
But, just as many of them are radical zealots who bring a dangerous agenda with them. The most radical of these is La Raza. La RazaSpanish for "the race," is a transnational secessionist group who, according to the propaganda of the Hispanic magazine, La Voz de Aztlan, see themselves as "American Palestinians" whose land was stolen and absorbed into the United States. Their advocacy is to break those States away from the United States and return them to Mexico. They believe they can achieve their goal in two or three decades simply by becoming the majority and voting themselves out of the Union. If they fail in their legal efforts, they will resort to open warfaremuch like the Palestinians fighting the Jews in Israel to gain a homeland.
The dream of the multicultural, multilingual socialists within the American bureaucracy is to see a nationand a worldwithout borders. Utopians like Hillary Rodham Clinton envision a world that is neither black nor white, or yellow or brown. The globalists have aligned with radical groups like LaRaza who appear, at least on the surface, to have an agenda that dovetails with their own. In point of fact, LaRaza is a separatist organization that does not want Hispanic immigrantslegal or illegalassimilated into the American culture because LaRaza needs them to remain a subculture on the outer fringes of the American society. Separatist organizations like LaRaza were instrumental in convincing the bureaucracy that Hispanics should not be taught English and since it suited the agenda of the globalists to drive a wedge through the patriotic heart of the Republic by fractionalizing the various peoples within the nation, the separatists found an ally in the bureaucracy.
The solution to the language barrier in the minds of the utopians has nothing to do with requiring non-English speaking aliens to learn our language as a prerequisite of citizenship. Rather, it deals with throwing billions of taxpayer dollars into the language cauldron in order to provide thousands of translators and to print every federal and/or State government instruction pamphlet or form in upwards of 101 different languages and dialects at the expense of a two hundred year generational immigrant population that came from their native lands, learned the language and became part of the seam of America. Tragically, the radical elitists who control the majority of the Hispanic population in the United States, and the globalists within the bureaucracy, are trying hard to unravel that seam and tear apart the fabric of our society. Sadly, they will succeed.
Once again you have my two cents worth.