The Republican governor of Maryland is taking heat for saying: “I reject the idea of multiculturalism. Once you get into this multicultural crap, this bunk, you run into a problem. With respect to this culture, English is the language.” He was defending the state comptroller, a Democrat, who had announced a personal boycott of McDonald’s following an encounter with a cashier who couldn’t speak English. Now, I don’t think it’s smart to dump on McDonald’s, a large employer of immigrants and an engine of assimilation. I suspect McDonald’s does more to help people learn English than all the government-run adult-ed programs combined. Several years ago, when I was researching my first book, I visited a McDonald’s in Queens that employed people from all over the world. The manager required everybody to speak English because they needed a common language to communicate with each other, let alone customers. Having said all that, Gov. Ehrlich’s remark is basically on target. English is the language, and immigrants know it. Most of them want to learn it because they probably aspire to be something other than McDonald’s cashiers. The notion that Spanish even comes close to being “the language”–now, that’s bunk.
Well, did you think Rod Rosenstein was going to say, “You got me. The Mueller probe was inappropriate and politicized?” No, you didn’t. And the deputy attorney general did not disappoint. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Rosenstein defended the investigation as “appropriate ... Read More
In Brooklyn, there is an occult bookshop called Catland Books. “Catland” is, one imagines, an apt description of the homes of the women who congregate there. The operators of the establishment have announced that they are planning to hold a special hex session this weekend to make Supreme Court justice ... Read More
It’s been a bad week for Heidi Heitkamp. Last night, the North Dakota Democrat squared off against Republican congressman Kevin Cramer in a debate, as she fights to hold on to her Senate seat. With less than three weeks to go until the election, Heitkamp already appeared to be at a disadvantage; most recent ... Read More
Representative Joaquin Castro (D., Texas) claimed without evidence Friday that White House adviser Jared Kushner may have prompted the Saudi government to assassinate journalist Jamal Khashoggi by including his name on an “enemies list” provided to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. During an appearance on ... Read More
Editor’s Note: Every week, Michael Brendan Dougherty writes an “Off the Shelf” column sharing casual observations on the books he's reading and the passing scene. A fad or heresy is the exaltation of something which even if true, is secondary or temporary in its nature against those things which are ... Read More