In his new ad "Language," Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James tell us, "This is Alabama. We speak English."
First off, I'm from Mississippi and I'm going to say that particular point's debatable. But there's more. James goes on to tell us that his administration would stop giving the drivers' license test in 12 languages: "Maybe it's the businessman in me, but we'll save money."
Are you kidding me? That's the rationale? Or maybe it's something else.
On his website, James includes a category called "Common Sense for Crime and Public Safety." It starts with crystal meth and spouse abuse and ends with the prisons' revolving doors, and in between: "Enforce Alabama's Constitutional Amendment declaring English as the state's official language."
Equating people who need help translating documents with jerks who beat their partners and addicts who stay zonked all day strikes me as just plain mean. Like so many states, Alabama is home to thousands of resettled refugees, meaning immigrants placed here because they couldn't stay where they were. And like so many politicians, Tim James knows how to pander to the base when he's running for office.