Wednesday, June 14, 2006

English only, please...

If you go along with the civil rights complaints against Geno's steakhouse in Philly, which state that owner Joe Vento is guilty of "denying service to someone because of his or her national origin, and having printed material making certain groups of people feel their patronage is unwelcome" then you naturally would have to agree that Geno's and every other private business in Philly and every other city in America for that matter should be required to hire persons who could speak the native language of every ethnicity in that city.

And this thing about a violation of civil rights? What is a civil right anyway? Technically a civil right is defined as "right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality"

Thirteenth amendment: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Fourteenth amendment: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

First off, Vento isn't the "state" and second he's not denying any life, liberty, or property, or any service to these people because of their ethnicity, race, religion or gender. They can be served in his establishment, but they have to speak English.

I'm proud to say I'm on Joe Vento's side in this. I think that not only does he have the right to post a sign in his restaurant asking people to speak english but as a private businessman he's got the right to run his establishment the way he sees fit. If there are people who truly want a steak at Geno's who can't speak English, it's time they learn. You see, this is America and the language we speak in business is well--English.

You can thank your federal and state government for this, they're the ones that went apeshit over making sure that government offices and services bent over backwards to accomodate people who do not speak English. And the government is slowly but surely trying to force America's private sector into it too.

This is not a race issue, this is an issue of private enterprise and a man deciding how he wants to run his business. If Joe Vento wants to serve his customers in multi-languages, more power to him, but the government should not be in the business of forcing him to do it. And if those suing him don't like it, they should eat elsewhere.

If you want to support Joe Vento, click here and fill out the online email form under "Contact". Show him that you believe he has the right to decide how to run his business is run. Show him you support him in that English is not a foreign language in America.


  1. I saw an interviw with him and he said that they are two separate signs.

    He said he has never denied anyone service based on a language barrier.

    He thinks that the idea that we, americans, should conform to anyone who can't speak English is hindering them.

    I agree.

    Sure, maybe mexicans can get low paying jobs in fields but if they and their children never learn the language, what possible future is there for them here?

    And a business is a private enterprise.
    He can look at someone and decide not to serve them for no apparent reason.

    (remember the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld?)

  2. I agree with you on this one, Jessica. Coming from S. Florida, I saw so many businesses having to hire extra staff to accommodate the huge population of non-English speakers in the area. Bilingual signs in stores, bilingual signs on the highways, even special teachers to tutor the non-English speaking students in schools. it's just ridiculous to me. They want the benefits of being Americans? Then they should have at least working knowledge of teh official language - English.

    Gosh, I sounded harsh there, didn't I?

  3. Hey gals, thanks for commenting. You know I just think when you move to a foreign country you learn the language! Why is that such a hard concept for most to understand?

  4. Estoy de acuerdo.

    Just kidding. You got to the guts of it, Jessica.

  5. Jessica,

    This is off topic, I realize, but wanted to let you know to watch for my "coming soon" entry about the Fair Tax Rally I attended last night in our little town. The place was packed and Herman Cain spoke - HE has it down! DH and I missed the one in Duluth a couple of weeks ago and were determined not to miss this one. I took lots of pictures! Will post them soon.