Santorum To Puerto Rico: Speak English

Rick Santorum To Puerto Rico: Speak English If You Want 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.

Just more evidence as to why Santorum should not be the GOP candidate for President. Nothing in the Constitution demands English be the language of a State. In fact, the Constitution originally protected the unique culture of each state though that protection has been eroding for a very long time. Such ignorance of the Constitution can not be condoned in a potential President. If I recall correctly, both Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico. Spanish just happens to be the most spoken given the islands history.

Do I think English should be the official language of the United States? Yes. It is already the de facto language. Why not admit this as such? Other nations have done so and disaster didn’t befall them. Does that mean each State can’t have other languages like Spanish, Navajo, or French and so on? No, of course not.

Do I think Puerto Rico should become part of the Union? Absolutely. Ultimately it is the Puerto Ricans decision to make. I do think it’s time to end the status of territories and commonwealths of U.S. holdings and make them choose whether to become a permanent part of the United States, with all rights, privileges and responsibilities that entails, or become independent nations in their own right.

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