The Senate vote to make English “the national language” is probably a move in (almost) the right direction.

As in most political actions, the real purpose of making such a law has been lost in a need to be politically correct and what’s right gets obscured by overtones of racism.

The debate today is whether to refer to English as the “national language,” or water it down to a “common and unifying language.”

Perhaps our leaders should quit looking at the words and start seeing the language for what it really is.

The rest of the world knows English as the “language of commerce.”

Dr. Richard Mosier, who has already spent some time in China and who is preparing for his second Cultural Exchange experience to that country in October, told members of the Reveille Rotary Club a couple of weeks ago that more people are studying English in that country than speak English in the United Staes and the United Kingdom combined. They do this because it is the “language of commerce” that drives their burgeoning economy.

Last Thursday, a group of five people from India hosted by the noon Rotary Club, were in town touring our city, our government facilities and more. They understand the value of the English language.

The United States may be the world’s superpower now, but it won’t be for long if others embrace the power of communicating in a common and unifying language while we become a babbling Tower.

Our legislators should use some of those English skills learned in grammar school.

We must come to grips with the fact that the rest of the world understands the value of our language and for them it translates into dollars and a lot sense.

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