Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Arnold Was Right: Learn English!

The San Diego Union-Tribune has an excellent editorial on why Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was right to tell members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists that students with limited English proficiency who can't pass the state's exit exam need to "turn off the Spanish television set."

It was particularly refreshing in these politically correct times to see a politician cut through the multicultural (i.e. non-assimilationist) party line . As the editorial points out:
What the governor offered was solid advice and good common sense. But, with this particular crowd, his comments also turned out to be controversial. Amazingly, there were actually gasps and snickers from some members of the audience, which included journalists who make their living from – you guessed it – Spanish-language television.
Read the whole thing (and press one for English).

Update (6/20): San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. has a very good column up today essentially agreeing with Governor Schwarzenegger. Read it here.

2 Comments:

Blogger GM Roper said...

Cinnamon, once again you are absolutely correct. Sadly, political correctness will hold the Governator to be a bigot of the worst sort, but the reality of the "bigotry of low expectations" will condem these folk to never being assimilated. That is the truly sad part, in the name of multicultural PC, people will be harmed.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is too late, I live in South Florida, where over 60 percent of the population does not speak English, they speak Spanish. The number of Spanish speakers will continue to increase, even our President addresses Hispanics in Spanish. Schwarzenegger is not a bigot, he came from a foreign country and learned to become an American.

Monday, June 25, 2007 1:41:00 AM  

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