Skip to comments.Congressman McClintock's Response to President Calderon (delivered on House floor)
Posted on 05/20/2010 3:40:18 PM PDT by calif_reaganite
Response to President Calderon
House Chamber, Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2010
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.
Thank you Mr. McClintock. And for those Beck fans who all the sudden because of Beck’s poor knowledge of History have thrown TR under the bus, TR was a patriot down to his toes.
the left wing of the White House
Cheers to Rep. Tom McClintock!
So, did the fascist dems boo him?
I’m sorry you didn’t beat Arnold.
Some people have no class whatsoever.
Thank the RINO party for that.
Move over Bachmann and Palin, a MALE GOP is expressing his fortitude.
ITS ABOUT F”ING TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rep. McClintock may now take a seat alongside Rep. Bachman, Gov. Brewer, and former Gov. Palin.
A credit to his gender ;-)
BRAVO! If they would just keep making statements like this, over and over again.
I admit, I voted for Arnold out of fear that Bustamante would win. But I strongly supported Tom’s right to stay in the race, even as the rest of the RINOs were begging him to drop out.
Very similar to what they are tyring to do to DeVore.
Thank you, wonderful Tom!
Why, oh why, doesn’t Tom McClintock run for the Senate or governorship in 2010?
As Rush would say “Right on right on right on”!!!!!
That was excellent
I love it when someone calls someone else a horse’s *ss but never uses those words!
“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.”
This message needs to go to the Kenyan Islamic Marxist in Chief as well as Calderon.
I don’t live in CA but I endorsed Tom early on in that race.
Dear Mr Smith,
The president of Mexico was encouraged by our president to make his speech. Fair enough. I would like to have you ask the president of Mexico a few questions and also to support his country's efforts in bringing a stable and democratic form of government to Mexico. Mexico is a joke. A violent, pathetic, miserable thugocracy that enslaves it's people. Think of how terrible a country has to be in order to have men, women and children willing to go across the desert while risking their lives in order to come here.
As far as getting advice from the Mexican president on rule of law, I think not. If I wanted advice on how to get children to sell Chiclets on street corners, have families live in garbage dumps in Mexico City, have roving bands of killers murdering entire police forces and journalists, or even how to set up inexpensive brothels complete with cheap tequila and donkeys, then by all means I would expect him to be an expert on those topics. But for him to criticize a law that is less onerous than the Mexican law is hypocritical and borders on the pathetic.
As far as I'm concerned I'm glad that I live in the United States. My father's father immigrated to the U.S. legally in the late 1920's after the Mexican revolution when he saw many men shot in the street and saw that the revolution put one set of criminals in place of another. My mother is also Hispanic and their family has been in Texas since the 1800's. I can tell you that the "immigration reform" legislation is all about politics and NOTHING about human rights. The democrats want another percentage of minorities to be enslaved on the plantation of welfare and sucking on the nipple of the government in order to make a living. In other words, the democrats want to be our "Patron". We are to kiss their ring, pick up our checks and be glad that we have schools that suck, children with no real education to be trapped in the revolving door of government dependence.
I have four children and I will NEVER let them claim to be a victim of anyone. I have told them that there is no "Cinco de Mayo" and that it's a made up beer holiday for silly Americans at tourist resorts. If you or anybody at Fox News wants to know, the Mexican day of Independence is September 16th and is celebrated by "el Grito" and is as sacred as our Fourth of July.
Finally, there is no "hispanic" race. We are not a homogenous single entity just because we speak spanish. A Cuban doctor, Guatemalan share cropper, Puerto Rican seamstress, Mexican vaquero or Panamanian fisherman are so different in temperament, skin color, religious beliefs and background that it would be similar to labeling Germans, Italians, Scandinavians, Spaniards and Poles as a European "race".
Thank you for your time.
Warmest regards and Respectfully
McClintock supports Chuck DeVore for Senate in CA, not McCain’s candidate Fiorina!
Yippy Kay Yay, Congressman McClintock.
Well done. I’ll bet that curled Calderone’s mustache.
and his wife’s too.
Wow. Perhaps some Republicans DO get it.........
Seriously, who does this guy think he is coming into our country, our Congress and speaking that way?
It’s only because Obama and the Dems have created an environment in which it is possible and encouraged. This would NEVER have happened under W. He would have handed that guy his ass on a platter.
It’s absolutely reprehensible. These disgusting pigs that run this country now are a disgrace.
Calderon better fix his own problems. Maybe then his people wouldn’t be fleeing in droves. Asshat
Great. Now we need to tell bam the bozo this same thing.
Tell you what. If I were POTUS and this asshat said what he has said around me I would have showed him the way back to Mexico and then before he landed back there I would have several divisions of the armed forces station along the border.
We would be able to add some more to the Marine Hymn.
WOOOAAAHHHH!! I LOVE THIS GUY!....In a manly sort of way, ahem.
He has GOT to be a Freeper or Lurker......APPLAUSE !
My God, if we only had a hundred more like him...
I’m a Beck fan, and you are right. TR was a patriot right to the bone.
But more to the point, I am a Tom McClintock fan. Right to the bone.
Send him a thank you note.
After this crap from the south of the boder socialist the numbers of Americans that support Arizona will climb to 80%.Just watch.
I’m a Beck fan too. But I take his history with a grain of salt. Of course, he just discovered the idea about learning about our nations history. I’ve been at it for 40 years.
Thank you Tom!!! Not all Californians are Liberal morons like Pelosi, Feinstein, and Boxer.
“Seriously, who does this guy think he is...”
And he got applauded by the Dems. in Congress. I think Congress should write up a paper censuring Calderon for his pompous diatribe...and every one in Congress who agrees should sign it and send it to him. Everyone who doesn’t sign it, we’ll remember in November.
He could have kept it short and sweet and just said STFU
A superb slap down. Barry0 was obviously a secondary target.
I said for years that McClintock was wasted in Sacramento, and he was worthy of a bigger stage.
I am glad to see him find his bigger stage.
Now I’ll say again. He is wasted where he is. He needs a bigger stage yet.
His patriotism wasnt' the problem. The problem was that he was a big fat statist bastard.