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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Joe Vento Gets It,..Why Doesn't the US Senate?

Joe Vento is the owner of the ONLY decent steak shop in South Philly (See the Barbaro post). Joe also supports the widow of slain PPD officer Daniel Faulkner in her efforts to finally fry Mumia Abu Jamal!





How do you say cheesesteak with in Spanish?

Joseph Vento, the owner of Geno's Steaks, doesn't know. And he doesn't care.

Just read the laminated signs, festooned with American eagles, at his South Philadelphia cheesesteak emporium: This is America. When Ordering, Speak English.

Vento's political statement - from a man whose Italian-born grandparents spoke only broken English - captures the anger and discontent felt by many Americans about illegal immigrants.

With a battle looming between the House and Senate on legalizing some immigration violators, the public backlash is framed by two complaints:

One, my grandparents came legally. How come these guys can't? And, two, my grandparents had to learn English. How come these guys don't?

"Go back to the 19th century, and play by those rules," said Vento, 66, whose grandfather became a U.S. citizen in 1921.

10 Comments:

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Der Tommissar said...

Geno's? Decent steaks?

My man, had down to Oregon avenue, under I-95 and go to Tony Luke's.

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger conti said...

51 nations in the world make English their Official Language, 31 nations make English their sole official language including India, the Phillipines and Singapore, why not the USA? Why not GENO's?

It's only common sense to learn the common language of the country in which one chooses to live, work and/or study. It's a must if one wants to succeed, assimilate, participate and be accepted. That's true anywhere in the world.

As a Latina, whose parents made education and English proficiency a top priority, I am appalled at the large number of Latinos who remain mono-lingual in Spanish, refuse to learn English and then cry "racism" whenever anyone calls them to task on this issue. I'm not offended by Joe's sign, I'm offended that there's a double standard in Philly. What about the signs that say "Se Habla Espanol" or the retail and food establishments where none of the employees can communicate with their customers in English? Will the Philly Human Rights commission go after them as well?

Given that Philadelphia is one of the most violent cities in America right now and one of the few where homicides are almost a daily occurrence, it would be best for Philly's "image" to take care of that more pressing problem. Mayor Street, and Councilman Kenney need to focus their priorities on making Philadelphia a safer place to live, work, visit and study. That's far more important than spending tax dollars on silencing a businessman because they don't like his message.

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger Tom said...

20,000 illegals, mostly from Mexico invade S. Philly and take over neighborhoods so quickly and to such degree, they have begun to create there own mini economies. No one feels a the need to speak English because everyone they associate with speaks Spanish. Many have been there for 10 years or longer and still can't order a cheese steak in English. If there not willing to learn, and don't tell me there are not people like that, then maybe they need some tough love in the City Of Brotherly Love.

I look for the day when I no longer have to press 1 for English. Mexico has an official language. Can you guess what it is? I don't think they have to press one for Spanish and they should not have to.

Illegal immigrants and their advocates throw the race card on this one of course. Go ahead get it out of your system. It holds no meaning to me in this debate. My partner for eight years was Cuban. One of my best friends is black. I'll pull out the assimilation card then. This is what this debate should be about. *ASSIMILATION* It's about Illegals fear and resistance to change. The fear of losing what you were and resistance to becoming something new, an American. Well sorry pal, that's part of the package if you want to be a citizen of the US and enjoy all the freedoms and opportunities that your old homeland did not offer. The first sentence in the Oath Of Aligiance states:

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen"

Hold onto your heritage but your an American first and something else second. Learn the language and assimilate. That's the deal, take it or leave.

 
At 2:17 AM, Blogger ilovebluegrass said...

Props to Joe Vento. He's done what a lot of us would like to do: tell immigrants to learn English. How many languages do Americans have to learn to accommodate political correctness? The comments of the college professor were typical of the left wing lunatics. I hope Philadelphia has enough common sense to ignore those loonies.

 
At 2:20 AM, Blogger ilovebluegrass said...

P.S. Does it take a rocket scientist to learn how to say "cheesesteak please"?

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Kenny said...

We are behind you Joe

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger RicRayTay said...

I'm with ya Joe and so are NUMEROUS Americans (too numerous to count) who "think" like you BUT have little or no opportunity to ACT like you.
STAY THE COURSE JOE!

 
At 11:18 PM, Blogger Trehan said...

Joe Vento-you have guts and I salute you.

If you go to Middle Eastern countries they will make your women cover their heads and women will not be able to drive alone. The people come to this great country to escape poverty, religious prosecutions and to experience the basic freedom that was denied to them in their countries. They would die to come to this country and when they come here they would change their colors like the chameleons.

The same people come here and want this country to change laws to accommodate their religious or social preferences. Other groups come here and want this country to adopt their language as the business language. Why did they come here in the first place if they were not willing to accept the language and culture of this country? They show not only the disrespect but also the hatred towards the adopted country. This shows they are not worthy of the compassion, respect or freedom they are getting in this great country. Accepting the culture and learning the language of the adopted country is not only beneficial but it is also the sign of respect.

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger Web Business Blog said...

Joe Vento: You're a bigot. What about people who live in other countries and are here visiting - you going to exclude them too? Or are you only interested in excluding Americans who don't speak English? Keep your hatred to yourself.

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger claisa0306 said...

First off, I just want to say that what Joe said on msnbc.com is incorrect. If you do not speak english, it does not mean you are illegal. My family is from Mexico, and I have grandparents that after living here for 20 years LEGALLY still have an accent and sometimes struggle with their words. That does not make them illegal.

Second, why are you only attacking latinos? or more specific, mexicans? Why is it that everytime we talk about immigration reforms we think of the people down south? Have we forgotten that the border up north is non existant and many people come thru there from countries from Europe and Asia? If you are going to be not give service to those that cannot speak english,then actually base it on the fact that they cannot speak it and not just onthe fact of their skin color or the language they do speak.

Third, you are very ignorant. It is obvious to me that you do not have any knowledge in immigration reforms, the struggles to coming AND becoming legal and even just the simple struggle of learning a new language. I know many immigrants who come to this country and the first thing they do is enroll in a public adult school to learn the language. So what if they come one day and they speak the language? That doesn't mean they aren't trying or going to school for it. Or what, they have to bring a teachers note to prove to you they are trying?

Get your act together because this is only going to get more attention, and before you know it, you are going to have to take that sign down.

 

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