"I must admit to you, the first thing that comes to mind is this is the kind of thing that would happen in a bilingual country - for instance, Canada," Tancredo, R- Colorado., said when told of Salazar's plans.According to Tom Tancredo, embracing our diversity and multi-culturism divides us while demonizing Americans not fluent in English brings us together. It is not just immigrants and Democrats Tancredo is attacking here. As the Rocky Mountain News helpfully points out, in attacking those who would speak Spanish as part of the political process Tancredo is fighting some in his own party.
"I've been saying for a long time, we're fast approaching that status: a bilingual country. I don't think that's a good idea. I think it's something that brings us apart, not together."
Using Spanish is nothing new in politics. Even Tancredo's Republican Party runs a Spanish-language Web site - www. gop.org/espanol - and Spanish-language television programs to translate the party's message.