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May 21, 2010

Tom McClintock's Totally Awesome Response to President Calderon

Response to President Calderon

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2010

M. Speaker:

I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today.

The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderons behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.

It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.

Unlike Mexicos immigration law -- which is brutally exclusionary -- the purpose of Americas law is not to keep people out. It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans.

Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way. He said:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico. A recent RAND discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

That is the broader meaning of our nations motto, e pluribus unum from many people, one people, the American people.

But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of E Pluribus Unum. It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles.

In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation. In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws.

It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so. And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law. All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce. It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no drivers license, no passport, and who doesnt speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws I reply that we dont need to reform them we need to enforce them. Just as every other government does. Just as Mexico does.

Above all, this is a debate of, by and for the American people. If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 LEGAL immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American. And then he will have every right to participate in that debate.

Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each others domestic debates.


Congress Gives Calderon Standing Ovation for Bashing AZ

Democrats gave Mexican President Felipe Calderon a standing ovation after he bashed the Arizona immigration law on the House Floor. Attorney General Holder and Secretary Napolitano also stood and clapped as the Calderon attacked the law they didn’t read before casting their judgment.

This is just positively one of the most disgusting displays ever. ~ Wild Thing


Wild Thing's comment..........

These leftists are enemies of this nation. Any action taken to defend the United States, strengthen its economy, its borders or its people will be opposed by leftists and anything that weakens or debases the country will be either openly or covertly celebrated.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 21, 2010 07:48 AM


McClintock is absolutely right on. And f*** the Democrats for applauding an attack on our laws and sovereignty.

Posted by: TomR at May 21, 2010 10:16 AM

Who's next at the podium? Chavez? He would get a standing ovation too. They just as well have chanted "We suck, we suck...."
To join the Democrat party, you must first need to have a lobotomy.

Posted by: Jim at May 21, 2010 10:47 AM

I am disgusted. Obama is giving a speech at Westpoint; he should be arrested by the military for treason! Who is going to stand up to this man and the Demorats? Who does he think he is for letting Mexico's President demounce our legal system. He is not an AMERICAN! His mission is to detroy us and then to rebuild. He is the great devider and it shows. I never thought I would see one state pinned against another; Arizona and California. Thanks O YOU BELONG IN HELL.

Posted by: cb at May 21, 2010 11:03 AM

Rush rooted out what the real Calderon is a pure elitest just like obama. During that canned, tele-prompter prepared speech of calderon, he was doing this for obama. But later on during a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer Calderon said this:

CALDERON: In Arizona, there is some racial profiling criteria in order to enforce the law that it's against any sense of human rights; and, of course, is provoking very disappointing, uh, things -- or very disappointing opinion -- in Mexico and around the world, even here in America. So to introduce this kind of elements, especially racial profiling aspect that are attempting against what we consider human rights, it's the principle of discrimination which is against the values of this great nation.

CALDERON: No! They need to fulfill, uh, a form. They need to establish their right name. We analyze if they have not a criminal precedence.

BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?

CALDERON: Of course! Of course!

BLITZER: If somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America through the southern border of Mexico and they wind up in Mexico, they can going get a job?

CALDERON: No, no, no.

BLITZER: They can work?

CALDERON: If somebody do that without permissions, we send -- we send back them.

Not only is Calderon a scum of the earth liberal, doing obama's bidding he is also a liar.

This is what we know to be true, but the rest of the country seems not to be informed about. Mexico plays both sides of the of the board when it suits his interests. With that interview he destroyed any credibility he may have had.

A poll yesterday, show that 84% of Americans approve the law in Arizona. And 75% of democrats approve it too, 94% Republicans approve it. Rhode Island is trying to get a similar law passed to that of Arizona.

And only the democrats applauded that tripe that Calderon tried to pass off as a speech.

Posted by: Mark at May 21, 2010 11:03 AM

Thank you everyone so much.

Mark thanks too for the transcript.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 22, 2010 04:17 AM