Last month, while the rest of us were worrying about the Japanese nuclear disaster, the economy, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Sen. Jim Inhofe (Republican of Oklahoma) and Rep. Steve King (Republican of Iowa) introduced the English Language Unity Act of 2011.
The proposed law would make English the country's official language, require all the nation's official business to be done in English, and require anyone seeking citizenship to demonstrate an ability to read English well enough to understand the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and laws "made in pursuence of the Constitution." Good luck on that last one.
The bill makes a few exceptions, including "unofficial" communications with constituents and terms of art. So "et cetera" is safe.
A similar law has been introduced in every Congress since at least 1985. It has always attracted a large number of co-sponsors; this version has 72. But for some weird reason, it has never gone to the floor for a vote.
Among other things, the proposed law provides that “A person injured by a violation of this chapter may in a civil action . . . obtain appropriate relief.”
Where's the Tea Party when you need it?