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

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(Credit: Reuters/Brian Losness)

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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  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

     Wow, thank you!!

  • http://twitter.com/lolapowers Lola Marina

    no....Thanks for all you do! I will contribute to your site.

  • BRYANAL

    Dude, you are a complete moron. I am currently living in Puerto Rico and its morons like you that continue this disease called ignorance. NEW GENERATION  PUERTO RICANS. PREGNANT AT 14 AND ON WELFARE. 20 %GRADUATION RA TE    AT UPR. ITS A MATTER OF RESPECT, LEARN THE  LANGUAGE AND STOP ENCOURAGING IGNORANCE. DID YOU NOT LEARN ANYTHING FROM

  • Nina

    I couldn't agree more.  This just makes me cringe!  Paired with the blatant ignorance about the U.S. Constitution, there is,  to put it simply, an overt stereotype about the nature of our country in general.  Unfortunately, this happens all the time. President Obama made a similar, although not as egregious in my opinion, faux pas when discussing the conditions of Greece (scholar Alexios Arvanitis explains it nicely here----http://beta.project-syndicate.org/online-commentary/when-in-greece).  These kinds of mistakes are bound to happen, that's a given. But this one just doesn't sit well with me at all.

  • SudiNim

    What a putz.

  • dandy

    Yeah, Sanitorium is such a waste of humanity.........He's supposed to be a devout, Bible-totin' Catholic, but doesn't he realize that a very large percentage of Catholics are of Latino heritage, live in the Southern Hemisphere,  and don't speak any English? I can't wait for him to go away!

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Sleep better? ; )

  • http://twitter.com/lolapowers Lola S. Casanova

    Thanks for bringing this piece of information to my attention, Laffy! What would I do without you?

  • http://twitter.com/JMBoard Jack M. Boardman

    Rick's knowledge of the Constitution is at best..marginal. Both English and Spanish are taught in Puerto Rican schools. Poor Ricardo...Whatta DUNCE!

  • http://rippdemup.com/ RiPPa

    Here's to hoping he goes into Mexico with this same message in hopes of winning the primary there and doesn't find his way home. What an idiot; um, Rick sure is full of Santorum.