Lord Eric is back and this time he aims to bitch slap anyone who gets in the way of the only issue that's ever gained him any celebrity, whether on Fox News or in the Nashville City Paper: English Only.
You've created a monster, Nashville (or should we just blame Bellevue?). CM Eric Crafton cannot get enough attention with his long string of education-related memorializing resolutions in council. And a homeschooler's church-lady link love is just not enough for him to get some strong play on the intertubes. His few seconds of fame on Fox are now stale. So, he is jumping back in to save us and soak up any notoriety he can get. The mainstream media is more than willing to give him the attention he craves. He is a spectacle.
In the end, Crafton's English Only ballot initiative is a lightning-rod waste of taxpayer resources, since the Metro Council already passed a resolution affirming English as Metro's official language. Like Ben Cunningham's 2006 property tax referendum, it is designed to prey on people's fears, and it will ultimately serve no good purpose. It is intended to micromanage Metro employees who might choose to use any bilingual skills they may have to perform their jobs more efficiently and get folks through hoops faster. Who really cares if a Metro employee helps someone in the process of learning English get through the system faster by using their native tongue?
When immigrants are already learning proper English at faster rates than native born Americans are, Crafton's ballot initiative is grand-standing designed to further his own political ambitions and ultimately destroy progress in our community.
Look at the monster you've created, Nashville. He thinks that he needs to save us all.