|This is Latin America. Very few people in this region|
speak the ancient Roman language of Latin.
Just to clear up the obvious, stupid confusion.
There's already an English language one, but why not celebrate with a Latin language one, too?
So she came up with "Stella quarter decimal fulgeat," for "May the 14th Star Shine Bright."
A state lawmaker, Joe Benning, thought he'd honor the kid by introducing a bill establishing the Latin Motto.
It's one of those things all legislatures do, these little student-inspired bills that aren't important but educational.
They don't take much time from more pressing duties, it's a feel good celebration, and it it also is meant to make constituents feel all warm and fuzzy.
What could go wrong?
Plenty. According to the Vermont Political Observer, the article was flooded with TONS of angry comments when WCAX posted it on its Facebook page.
Worse, a frightening number of people are incredibly clueless: In their minds a Latin motto is just another example of those heathen Hispanics illegally crossing over the border, invading us and taking over our culture.
Get it? They don't understand the difference between Latin the old Roman language, and Latin America, the place where many Hispanics come from.
Yeah, I know. Forehead slap.
Really! Below are some of the comments Vermont Political Observer noted. Go to their site to see the whole list. I'm glad VPO also noted the commenters names, to call them out in their ignorance.
These are some of my "favorites":
--- Dorothy Lynn Lepisto: "I thought Vermont was American not Latin? Does any Latin places have American mottos?
--- Norman Flanders: "What next Arab motto??"
--- Ken P. Hahn: "How about 'go back south of the boarder (sic)'"
--- Lori Olds: "I thought this was USA why are they trying to make Americans aliens"
--- Chris Ferro: "That's a BIG NO if you life in the United States YOU need to learn ENGLISH!!"
--- Kurtis Jones: "No cause vt ain't no Latino area (whole sentence sic) Leave the motto alone."
--- Ken Curtis: "Just when I felt our represenatives (sic) could not possibly get any dumber, they come up with this..get real...this is the USA not some Moslim (sic) or Mexican country... stop given (sic) in to these people...."
I'm really starting to get sick of writing "(sic)" over and over again, but what can you do in this situation?
Here's a couple more comments on that WCAX article. What the hell. I'm having fun.
--- Kristen Wright "thats (sic) un (sic) called for this is the usa." (sic)
---Kelley Dawley: "How do you say idiotic senator in spanish. (sic) I'd settle for deport illegals in spanish (sic) as a back up motto."
--- Heather Chase: "Seriously?? Last time I checked..real vermonters (sic) were speaking English, NOT LATIN...good god (sic)"
Geez, I wish some of the people who commented on this article could get a grip on the English language.
Or as one other, slightly more sane put it as she commented to WCAX via Facebook: "I do hope the State House looks at this thread and realizes there are serious flaws in our state education system."
Joe Benning, the lawmaker who introduce the Latin motto bill, was philosophical:
"I figure this is a good opportunity for my now ninth grader to learn how to respond to such attacks with fortitude and grace. I hope to be meeting with her and her parents this weekend to continue the educational experience."
Hey, at least our ninth grader seems to know the difference between Latin, the ancient language and Latin America, the region on the globe.
That's a start.