Newt Gingrich equates bilingual education with “language of living in a ghetto” and mocked requirements that ballots be printed in several languages. While some may not share Gingrich’s use of the word “ghetto,” many overwhelmingly agree with his overall affirmation that the United States should not have to create ballots in any language except English and that other languages should be secondary in schools.

Immigrants infiltrating this country should learn to speak English in order to prosper and thrive here. If you are a U.S. citizen then you should vote as a U.S. citizen in English and English only. Even if someone is highly proficient in two or more languages, his/her so-called communicative competence or ability may not be as balanced.

Bilingual education is another issue for the country to be divided along ethnic lines. It sends the wrong message to immigrants, encouraging them to believe they can live in the U.S. without learning English or conforming to “American” ways.

Gingrich’s observation is on the mark and a necessary step in the preservation of our nation. It is common sense that if you plan to make the good ol’ USA your home, then you must speak her language. Whether you are seeking a right to participate in our democratic process, find work or create small businesses, you must speak English. What sense does it make for us to adapt to someone else’s language to communicate with them in our America? Do you agree with this common-sense idea?