ABC News reported Wednesday that the House descended into "emotional rhetoric"
instead of civilized discussion, when a proposal to make English the official language of the U.S. arose. (Hispanic Lawmaker Blasts House Proposal to Make English the Nation`s Official Language
, by Suzanne Gamboa)
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa , a Democrat from Texas,
claimed that after being spanked as a schoolboy who broke the rules by speaking Spanish in school, he recognizes the proposal as "code for offical discrimination."
By contrast, Mauro Mujica
, U.S. English Inc. board chairman,
says (and rightly so) that "the American people decidedly do not want us to become an English-optional nation."
Earlier this month, however, the House voted to continue printing ballots in more languages than just English, under the Voting Rights Act.