Both of my grandfathers spoke German as their first languages and one was a third generation American, the other's family had been in the country since the 1600's.
This is not the first (or last) time a language other than English has been widely spoken in the US, and it is ultimately a transient effect.
In a few generations the Spanish speakers you find so offensive will be mostly assimilated and we'll all be pressing 2 for Bantu or Kazakh.
Furthermore, the lack of an "official language" is one of the things that allows the US to be great; it allows commercial interest to trump xenophobia, letting vendors appeal to whoever they feel like selling to. The existence of little pieces of home, the Chinatowns, the Little Koreas, makes people want to come here. An official language, enforced by thugs, is hardly the American way.
Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.
Also author of Stick it to the Man!
Want DP delivered to your inbox daily? Subscribe here: