Friday, November 03, 2006
Nodler seeks to capitalize on prejudice
You can make a strong argument for Sen. Gary Nodler's bill to make English Missouri's official language, but the Joplin Republican's television ad seeking to play up that proposal as a keystone of his reelection campaign appears to be aimed at some Missourians' baser instincts and deep-seated prejudice.
In the ad, Nodler says English needs to be the first language, "not Arabic, not Spanish, but English."
While I agree with the senator on the point, I have yet to see any push to thrust any Arabic language on Missourians and the comment about Spanish seems to be directed at some people who are prejudiced against Hispanics, both of the legal and the illegal variety.
I have been offended by many of the ads supporting candidates from both parties, but this has to rank right at the bottom as far as decency is concerned.