Brian Nieves has thrown his first tantrum of the year on the floor of the state Senate. After all of his hard work in the Missouri House alienating immigrants in the name of preserving American culture, it seems not everyone is willing to make those patriotic sacrifices.
Nieves found out recently that Missouri Attorney General -- and Democrat -- Chris
Koster had built a website in Spanish two years ago, reported the St. Louis Beacon. The paper reported that Nieves became "a bit upset" when he made the way-belated, way-un-American discovery and griped that it broke the law that all state proceedings be conducted in English.
Brian's bevy of Facebook friends echoed his sentiments:
Koster said his site didn't violate the state's language requirement when he made it. But Nieves said it was an inappropriate use of state money and vowed, on his Puerto Rican family's soul, to make sure the Spanish site was taken down.
What? You've never heard of Nieves' trifling, racist law? That's because it's so unnecessary, Nieves is
probably the only person who remembers it.
According to Nieves' website, he wrote the "English Only" law in Missouri, which called for an amendment of
Missouri's constitution to include that all state proceedings be
conducted in English.
Except it wasn't an "English Only" bill, Nieves told NPR back when the amendment was being debated in 2008:
Some groups are appalled by the proposed
legislation and have rounded people up to vote against it, saying the amendment
could promote racism toward immigrants. Nieves says these groups are blowing
the issue out of proportion, and it's not an English-only bill. Half of Nieves'
family came here from Puerto Rico, and his grandmother says she doesn't see this
as a big deal.