Alabama currently offers driver's license tests in 12 languages, including Russian, Arabic and Farsi. Tim James, a Republican candidate for governor of the state, thinks that is a bad policy. "This is Alabama — we speak English," he says in a new campaign commerical. "We're only giving that test in English, if I'm governor." The spot has caught the attention of the national media. What a "pitch-perfect example of small-government foolishness," sighs Tim Fernholz at the American Prospect. Hasn't James considered the "basic public-safety issue" that if non-English speakers can't take the test, they'll drive illegally? But what's so wrong with asking people to learn English, says Don Surber at the Charleston Daily Mail. Or is that "just another item on the long list of American traditions that liberals oppose?" Watch James' "This is Alabama" ad here:
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'This is Alabama — we speak English'
Tim James, Republican candidate for governor in Alabama
April 28, 2010
of The Week magazine.