Rick Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood

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I know I keep asking this (rhetorically) but this is who Republicans admire? Richard John "Rick" Santorum? This is the person many of them would want in the White House? Someone who doesn't seem to have a grasp on the U.S. Constitution, the sacred document that they all revere and quote and carry around and accuse Democrats (especially President Obama) of violating?

(Reuters) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans on Wednesday they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue U.S. statehood, a statement at odds with the U.S. Constitution.

Puerto Rico is holding their primary on Sunday and recognizes both English and Spanish as the official languages. In November, they'll be voting on a referendum to decide on whether or not to go for statehood or keep on self-governing.

Santorum:

"Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law... And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language."

Memo to Ricky: The Constitution does not designate a U.S. official language. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that a territory must make English its primary language before it can become a state. Read it. You may learn a thing or two. Or twelve. Or 894378.

He must have been home-schooled in U.S. Constitution 101 by Michele Bachmann.

Puerto Rican Republicans have "always argued that issues of language and culture should be controlled by state governments and not the federal government." Funny how intrusive SmallGov McHandsOff is, what with his English-only demands and his pesky insistence that he knows more about women's reproductive health than women do.

It also could alienate the 4.2 million Puerto Ricans who live on the U.S. mainland, including nearly 1 million in presidential swing-state Florida.

Alienate millions? Gee, then Ricky would become the very alien he appears to disdain.

You know what else he doesn't like "at this time"? Allowing residents in territories like Puerto Rico to vote for president.

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