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Bigots in the Hen House

if you have come here to be a part of the bounty of America and be successful, you will learn English.

The Carroll County Commissioners are introducing an ordinance on September 27th  to make English the official language of Carroll. It’s a shameful waste of time and talent for our local politicians to engage a matter which will have little tangible results but is being done solely by them to mount their wing-nutty soap boxes to address only a small part of the County population, that being other wing nuts.  Bigoted wing-nuts.

Unfortunately, the adoption of such a law will taint the image of Carroll County across the state, an image that already isn’t exactly one of welcoming tolerance. It will also stain the reputations of those who live and work in Carroll.

This proposed new law has not been raised because the Commissioners are concerned with immigrant Russians, Israelis or Italians moving into the County and starting their own ghettos. It is what it is – twenty-first century racism exhibiting its less-than-sublime intolerance of people who don’t share their bright white color.

I was fortunate to have benefitted from a good education that tried to teach me both French and Latin. Much of the Latin stuck but I only speak enough French to get me by when ordering dinner in Quebec. The Latin comes in handy whenever, well, er, whenever I read ancient transcripts.

I have never had to fear for my life or the lives of my family because of prevalent crime, poverty or civil war; so I have never had the desire to emigrate from America to live in another country that offered better opportunity and a safe haven. If I had been born into those circumstances I would surely first extricate myself from those conditions driving me to emigrate and then maybe worry about learning a new language so I could reach my goal of thriving in my new country. I did emigrate from Baltimore County to Carroll forty years ago because I though it a nice place to bring my family and run a business from. Now I find it just becoming an ugly place that fosters hate.

America is a country of Aliens. With the exception of the First Americans, we all emigrated from someplace else. Fortunately, the Iroquois and Cherokees weren’t demanding Green Cards from the first white settlers.

During the great exodus from Europe and Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries all but the Anglo Saxons among us came here and were met with bigotry and a nasty hatred against them because of their color, dialect, brogue, language or culture. Over time, most immigrants came to realize that success would come to them as new Americans only if they learned English  but not all accept it as their first language as there are still distinct enclaves here where English is the second language to Russian, Spanish, Italian and oh yes, Chinese. Most pointedly, the immigrant population that was forced to come here into slavery, the African Americans, managed to learn English without the benefit of much help from the whites who lived well off their backs.

Today, the same basic rule of success applies to those who arrive here – if you want to pick apples, dig trenches, clean toilets and mow grass you can probably get by with just your native language and I believe you are welcome here because we need that work to be done. But if you have come here to be a part of the bounty of America and be successful, you will learn English. I’m fine with that.

What many of us in Carroll don’t like is a bunch of racist local politicians speaking for us about what language that they want to mandate.  None of them were elected to address this issue – it was not discussed during any of their campaigns. If the five Carroll Commissioners feel so strongly about the matter they should allow a free discussion of the issue by putting it on a referendum ballot – not some stealthy, slip it in on the agenda tactic to get it done quickly. Let’s have a good airing of the matter by everyone affected by it; not some 30 day rush to make a political statement that in the end will tarnish the image of the County and those who live and operate businesses there.

Haven Shoemaker says he wants the new law because he is tired of having to press the number 2 on his phone so he can wait in English. That's a pretty stupid response from a lawyer because if he read the ordinance he drafted he would realize it doesn't do anything about his personal phone blight. He should try to write a law that makes it illegal in Carroll County to have to press 2 to speak English if that's the problem he really thinks is worth of a new law. Instead we have a mumble jumble that is nothing more than a statement about the bigotry of the County Commissioners and the racism within County Government. The number of non-Caucasian employees on the County payroll is the proof in that pudding. 

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Buck Harmon September 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Why don't you use a real...full name Jack?...Shoemakers son...? personal assistant..? For some reason you display the need to kiss his butt...please give a sound reason for this use of County time and resources, and kindly elaborate on how this would improve conditions for life in Carroll.
Buck Harmon September 26, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Well done Neil, thanks for sharing your thoughts of this topic!
Steve September 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The image of Carroll County has already been tainted by the whole Lord Phony Baloney and the Flat Earthers debacle. Why do the Commissioners have such a desperate need to crave attention?
Jack September 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Again you prove my point, I support this proposal that you don't so I "display the need to kiss his butt". Like finger pointing children that want to talk about anything but the issue. I wouldn't know Shoemaker if I saw him, never met him, never talked to him, and I don't know anyone that works for him. What kind of resources do you think something like this takes? Very little, a total none issue. It won't improve conditions, it will clearly define the language to be used in official business. As for the name I'm going to go out on a limb and assume your parents didn't name you Buck.....
JoeEldersburg September 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
The term "bigots" is appropriate, but they will never admit that this plays a role. Rothschild's defense of the policy doesn't even make any sense, but this is nothing new for the resident climate change denier and UN conspiracy nut. They feel the need to emulate Frederick County, because their President, Blaine Young is a Tea Party nut just like them and like all Tea Party nuts, they feel the need to beat their chests about being patriots and American, when they actually are nothing of the sort. Real Americans are tolerant and not divisive. Real Americans don't support bigotry and would understand how offensive legislation undermines our reputation. Tea Party dopes don't care. They care only about making political points at the expense of their many perceived enemies and would gladly run the country off the cliff, just so long as they get their way. It's winning or nothing and the majority rules...the more unenlightened the majority is, the better it is for them. They think they have a conservative mandate to act on everyone's behalf. As long as people aren't showing up with torches and pitchforks at the County Office Building to protest them, they think they can rule the county like kings and they pretty much do, just watch them on TV.
Jack September 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Based on that intolerant and divisive post you must not be a real American by your definition. We vote and the majority does rule, are you proposing we change that? Should the "unenlightened majority" as you label the bulk of us be ruled by a small group of people or even a single individual? They have a name for that and it couldn't be more un-American. You don't need torches and pitchforks you just need to vote.
Native September 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
So, tell me how, by simply making English the official language of the county, it hurts anyone? Intolerance, bigotry, & racism have nothing to do with the issue. Sure, this is a diverse country with many, many different cultures & peoples, but we are America first.
Buck Harmon September 27, 2012 at 02:41 AM
You are wrong native...this is all about intolerance, hatred, bigotry and racism being demonstrated by Shoemaker and Rothschild. That alone hurts everyone in the County. To deny that would be un American.
Buck Harmon September 27, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Based on your choice of face...and lack of last name Jack, your comments are discounted to Patch pigeon poo....pop your head out, bigots rule the hen house in Carroll..
F B O September 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Well Obama, there's plenty of room for you and your Hillary-esque views in PG County, where English is seldom spoken. So when are you moving back?
JoeEldersburg September 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Just because the majority of Carroll is blind to bigotry or to even what these dopey Commissioners do day to day, doesn't make it OK. Let's face it, Jack, if you have an R next to your name and survive the primary election with either a war chest of developer money or church full of religious zealots in support, you too can become Commissioner. Democrats may as well not bother to run for office and voters make zero effort to know what the Republican candidates even stand for, they just vote the ticket. The fact that District 1 could re-elect Robin Frazier, who was perhaps the worst Commissioner in County history and who finished 7th in a primary as the incumbent just 10 years ago screams that Carroll voters are ignorant and don't do their homework. None of these Commissioners got even 2,000 votes in the primary, yet because they won the primary, they became Commissioners. Unfortunately, they feel like they only have to serve those who think like them or just Republicans, instead of all citizens. 2,000 votes among some 15,000 Republican primary voters is hardly an overwhelming majority, even among their own party. So in answer to your question, no I don't think that we should get rid of majority rule, just educate the silent majority about how to not be so ignorant...starting with you.
Hugh Manatee September 27, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I'm curious as to when Commissioner Shoemaker first met Miss Suzanne Bibby (who addressed the board this afternoon). Before or after his decision to introduce the ordinance?
Jack September 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
The majority is not blind to bigotry in this county they just realize it's no where near as prevelant as you would like everyone to believe. They know it's many democrats love to use if you disagree with them on almost every issue. Look through all these posts and anyone who doesn't agree is automatically labled a bigot or racist. When an elected official you support wins it's the will of the people, when it's someone you don't support they only support "the ignorant majority" that voted for them. Again it goes back to you don't respect the will of the people, if they disagree with you their ignorant bigots. Such a tired argument and people are waking up to it and I think it's great. The insults and name calling is what is going to get people that think like me, the majority of county residents, to get out and vote. You know, those evil people you talk about that go to church, and are successfull in their business.
Commissioner R Rothschild September 29, 2012 at 04:09 AM
AD-HOMINEM ATTACKS: The tool of choice for the intellectually bankrupt. Let me recount their words: "Bigot; Racist; Intolerant; Hateful, Devisive; Dopey; Ignorant." Yawn....... SUGGESTION: Take a good long look in the mirror... The drumbeat of hateful "Saul Alinsky style" rhetoric seems to be coming only from posters that have judged themselves to be paragons of political, societal, and ethical virtue. Yawwnnn.... -Commissioner Richard Rothschild
Judith M. Smith September 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Mr. Rothschild...please, as an elected official of CC, refrain from using inflamatory language...it does nothing to convince people on a particular issue..and furthers the division of the political parties in CC. It, in other words, is destructive...not constructive. Some people would suggest that you take your own advice concerning "paragon of political, societal and ethical virtue..." As far as being "intellectually bankrupt"...that is a two-way street on a dead end road. PLEASE respect both sides and rise above it...
David A. Grand September 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
My only response to Richard's diatribe would be to use one of my favorite quotes, that I've found to be as true as a day is long in my life: "Most of our suspicions of others are aroused by a conscious knowlwdge of ourselves." Touche, pussycat!
Buck Harmon September 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Wow Richard...I honestly do believe that this is the best that you can offer...probably better off saying nothing.....remember, you are the public servant that is failing at the task required of you, not those that seek to hold you to a degree of accountability for the poor behavior that you bring to Carroll.......bigot is descriptive of your actions, not at all name calling.
Buck Harmon September 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
The Yawwnnn thing is also bully childish behavior...but reflects your true character.
Native October 01, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Please see my comments to David Grand's more recent blog on this subject. You will see why this has nothing to do with bigotry and all about efficiency.
Buck Harmon October 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Make the comment here...on this blog if it pertains Native.
Native October 01, 2012 at 01:49 PM
As modern communications technology improves, it is imperative citizens & governments alike keep pace. One way to do this is to adhere to one standard, thus the push for an official language. We can't have more then one option to communicate officially or else it becomes detrimental. According to the Pew Research Center in June of this year (as well as other surveys), Asians have overtaken Hispanics as the fastest growing & best educated racial group in the US. So if government language has to include Spanish as well as English, what is that saying to Asian-Americans (that they don't deserve to be included), or the Hispanics (that they are too uneducated to be able to assimilate as well as any other immigrant)? Also, the public safety agencies are moving along the same lines. As mandated by the National Incident Management System, police & fire departments across the country have been moving to a simple, common, way of communicating. This was in the news here recently when the police moved from using "10 codes" to plain english. This is germane to the discussion because of the parallels to the need for English to be the official language in the US.
Judith M. Smith October 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Some of your points are valid...however, I believe at this particular point in time, in this county, this is more of a political statement. There very well come a time when a requirement about communication in any form be standardized..however that has not arrived. This is a waste of political capital at all levels.
Native October 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Oh but I disagree. This is exactly the time to standardize. It's better to do it before attempts are made to add multiple languages to the mix. The naysayers will always claim bias & racism, but it's just a matter of simplicity.
Buck Harmon October 01, 2012 at 11:02 PM
As modern technology has improved the process of having the ability to interpret using a simple computer program is readily available. i can type in 4 different languages from my lap top if i so desire, as well as have different languages translated into English with a few keystrokes...no big deal or expense involved. the County should already have this capability. Translating different languages is really quit simple as a result of current technology. This law is about bigoted political agenda and nothing more...defending the bigots would be more of the same....except perhaps for the denial aspect...
Native October 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Apples & oranges, Buck. No denial, no bigotry.
Buck Harmon October 01, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Oh but I disagree Native....do you deny the readily available, and low cost technology that is currently available for translation purposes? Do you deny that a political agenda is tagged to this ordinance? Or are you a bigot in denial as well?
Native October 02, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Of course not, but that is up to the individual & not the government. And no sir, I am not a bigot, nor do I think it has anything to do with this issue.
Buck Harmon October 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
OK then, so the cost factor that Rothschild and Shoemaker have claimed as a primary reason for the ordinance is bogus...not true...a lie.. Glad to here that you aren't a bigot.
Buck Harmon October 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I think that a Commisioner...or in this case commissioners that will lie to push a political agenda has everything to do with this issue..
Judith M. Smith October 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Is it at all possible to just have a statute that says all County paperwork will be in English??

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