Quote of the Day

"This is Alabama—we speak English. If you want to live here, learn it."—Tim James, Republican gubernatorial candidate in Alabama.

I'm Tim James. Why do our politicians make us give driver's license exams in twelve languages? This is Alabama—we speak English. If you want to live here, learn it. We're only giving that test in English, if I'm governor. Maybe it's the businessman in me, but we'll save money. And it make sense. [Three second pause.] Does it to you?
Via Marc Ambinder, who notes: "Mr. James explains that exams in a multitude of language may endear people to the 'Rachel Maddow' crowd, but he's going to fight against political correctness. Besides, he says, it's a public safety issue because traffic signs are in English. There's a little wrinkle here: there's a reason why Alabama has its exams in many different languages, and if the governor changes the rules, the state could lose billions of dollars in federal transportation funding."

[Commenting Guidelines: Please refrain from sweeping generalizations about Alabama, Alabamans, the South, and/or Southerners. This isn't about a region; it's about a political and social ideology which may be more prevalent in some areas but nonetheless exists all over the country. It's possible to talk about that ideology without regional smears.]

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