• Rick Santorum to Puerto Ricans: Speak English

    Observing the policy-making process is an adventure in watching the sensible kernel of any idea inevitably sprout into forehead-slapping inanity.

    Think basic research and technological investment is important? Must be time to build a moon colony! Believe religious institutions should be exempt from contraceptive coverage mandates? Time to allow all employers to fire women who use birth control.

    Think learning English is important to economic and social success? Demand that Puerto Rico, where English and Spanish have shared status as official languages since 1993, make English their primary language as a condition of statehood

    Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans on Wednesday they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue U.S. statehood, a statement at odds with the U.S. Constitution…

    "Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law," Santorum said. "And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language."

    This is a very deep point from Santorum, whose only drawback is that it isn't true, as there's no such federal law or constitutional mandate for Puerto Rico to comply with. To give Santorum credit, the real audience for his remarks are probably Real 'Muricans in the continental U.S. concerned about the menace of taco trucks and the rising popularity of soccer, but it's still a little rich coming from a guy whose usual mode of communication involves speaking to plants.

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    Tags: Hispanic, Primaries, Puerto Rico, Republicans, Rick Santorum

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