Sunday, May 23, 2010

Congressman responds to Calderon

Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon, had the nerve to lecture the U.S. Congress on his disagreement with Arizona's immigration law a few days ago. Of course Mexico's economy is boosted by at least $1 billion dollars annually from money sent to Mexico from illegal immigrants residing in the U.S., so Calderon isn't interested in any U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration.

Every once an a while rational words come from a California elected official, here's a clip of such an example. Representative McClintock responding to Calderon-


Brother Titus said...

Not just a speech, it was even patriotic, straightforward and very good. I never suspected that something this sensible and true could be heard coming from any California politian. He just made sense and he made sense using a bit of Am. history. Funny thing, too, toward the end of listening to the guy, he started really looking like D.J. Kennedy to me.

Rick Calohan said...


Hough said...

English is not the official language of the United States, not sure you can require people to speak it.

Jim said...

First, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

I never hear complaints about U.S. officials lecturing other countries about their domestic policies. But a foreign politicians comes to the U.S. and speaks to Americans the same way that Americans speak to others, and the outrage is palpable.

Secondly, the U.S. constituency that deters real enforcement of immigration laws is not the Mexican government or illegals and their relatives. It's U.S. business and agriculture, who benefit from the lower wages at which illegals are willing to work.

They don't need to march, however, because they let their checkbooks do the talking. And Congress listens.

Reepicheep said...

Jim, you raise interesting points. There's no doubt businesses are largely to blame for hiring illegals. Point well taken.

I am curious however, when has a U.S. President gone to another country's governmental headquarters and given such a speech?

It's one thing to speak critically of another country's policy, I think it's a bit different walking in to that country's joint session of congress and lecturing them.

Roger Mann said...

There's no doubt businesses are largely to blame for hiring illegals.

Since it is a crime to hire illegal aliens, any business which hires them is criminally responsible for violating the law. But it is the federal government that is to blame for failing to effectively enforce our immigration laws and prosecuting the businesses that hire illegal aliens. I don't care how much lobbying or money gets thrown at them; it is our government officials that are failing to carry out their duty. Moreover, right now it is primarily the political left -- the Obama administration and the Democrat controlled Congress -- that's thwarting all efforts to enforce our immigration laws, and is pushing for amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens who have violated our law.

It's one thing to speak critically of another country's policy, I think it's a bit different walking in to that country's joint session of congress and lecturing them.

Especially when that president's own country has stricter immigration laws, doesn't have millions of U.S. citizens pouring across the border in violation of its laws, and doesn't have large numbers of criminal foreign gang members killing, terrorizing, and kidnapping its people, and flooding its streets with illegal drugs. Any patriot ought to be completely outraged by the gall and hypocrisy of Mexico's president, and the standing ovation given him by the treasonous Democrats in Congress!

Woody Woodward said...

Now that there was a speech! And like Brother Titus suggested, it’s hard to believe a California congressman had enough guts to stand up, tell the facts and blast the liberal leftwing dem’s do-gooders.

Jim said...

The rule of thumb is that officials of one country should not interfere with the internal affairs of another country. The venue for that interference has never mattered.

U.S. officials have a long history of "lecturing" tyrants and totalitarians of all sorts (with those folk also expressing outrage about outside interference with their domestic policy in reply).

From an August 7, 2008 USA Today article (which I quote only because it was the first on the list after a quick Google search):

"China rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's criticism Thursday of its human rights record and restrictions on religion, diplomatically telling him to stay out of its affairs, even as he arrived in Beijing to attend the Olympics.
. . .
"'We firmly oppose any words or acts that interfere in other countries' internal affairs, using human rights and religion and other issues,' Qin said."

Everyone cheers when Bush nails the Chinese on human rights. But when someone speaks to U.S. the same way we speak to others, well then it's time to trick up the outrage and offense.

I don't see any reason to hide behind the pretext of outrage over process or fora. If you think that the Mexican president is wrong on the facts of the matter, then that's fine. But Americans have no right to whine about criticism of our internal policies, at least if we want to criticize other governments for their policies.

Reepicheep said...

I'm not defending any kind of American hypocrisy.

I'm just not aware of a recent U.S. President doing what Calderon did. I could be wrong.

The instance you cite, from what I can tell, is Bush speaking from Thailand before the Beijing Olympics. I don't see this as comparable to speaking to a given country's governmental heads in their governing headquarters.

I'm not trying to cloud the greater discussion- that of a working immigration plan with reasonable laws- but I think you're being to nice about what Calderon did.