By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist
By an overwhelming margin, the English-only movement will score another victory Tuesday in Missouri. Voters are about to approve English as "the language of all governmental meetings." But so what?
This is one of those feel-good, mean-nothing movements that has swept the country in the last few decades.
California voters passed similar laws by a 73-27 percent margin in 1986; Florida by 84-16 in 1988; Utah by 67-33 in 2000; and Arizona by 73-27 in 2006.
In Missouri, passage of Constitutional Amendment No. 1 won't mean anything to anyone except the English-only supporters. They will use its passage to continue fundraising for their cause.
They will have added Missouri to their list of English-only states, bringing the total to about 30 (some laws are under judicial review).
The backers of the law have provided no evidence to Missourians showing that not having English as the "language of all governmental meetings" has led to any harm whatsoever -- to local, county or state governments.
So why will it pass easily?
Because the overwhelming number of people in Missouri speak English and think everyone ought to. That's enough to flip the "yes" lever on Nov. 4 at the polls.