Skip to comments.Why I Boycotted President Fox(At least one person in Sacramento has some stones!)
Posted on 05/28/2006 5:18:51 PM PDT by kellynla
The President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, spoke to the California State Legislature on Thursday; this while the U.S. Senate was voting on an immigration bill. I chose not to go to the Fox speech. Since many people may misconstrue what occurred, I believe a statement explaining my actions is needed.
I have been in the Legislature for some time, and I have seen many heads of state pass through. The American Republic and its operations are fascinating to these foreign politicians, and addressing the California Legislature is often a high point in many dignitaries' travels.
Appropriate decorum dictates that we as Legislators be polite and treat these visitors with the respect their positions deserve.
However, most of these dignitaries are visiting our country to see it at work, and to talk with government officials to help their businesses trade with businesses in California, or to establish some sort of government to government relationship. They are not usually in this country, and in our state, to lobby Congress or the state for a change in policy.
President Fox's trip had no other purpose. He was in this country addressing Legislative bodies for the sole purpose of trying to change U.S. immigration policy. He has continually complained about our policy, openly questioned the legality of Bush putting National Guard units on the border, and even complained when Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill which would have given California driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Throughout the last several years, he has encouraged his citizens to immigrate to this country illegally, and has, in many ways, benefited from that illegal immigration. When his citizens come to California, our taxpayers pick up their medical bills, pay for their education, food, clothing and housing. In return, these Mexican citizens usually take most of their earnings and send them back to Mexico. The relationship is all to Mexico's benefit, and not much help to California.
"So when President Fox came to California to promote amnesty for the Mexican nationals that have broken our laws, I found his presence here to be arrogant and offensive. Many of the Mexican citizens who come to the United States illegally are the "social problems" of Mexico.
The corruption, the favoritism, the oppressive government has left many of these people in abject poverty, and, if they didn't come to the United States, they would probably start a revolution in Mexico. Fox wants us to relieve the political tension that these social problems would cause.
So why should I sanction this visit? Why should I sit and listen to lies and propaganda meant to influence the legislative passage of a bill in Congress with which I vehemently disagree? We need to enforce our laws first, not listen to the President of Mexico ask us to pay for his social problems. He should go back to Mexico, fix his economy, fix his corrupt government, and quit sending us his social problems.
I couldn't say that to him because he would not meet with us to hear these words. So I greeted him with silence. It wasn't disrespectful. It was protest. It is how I would treat any lobbyist who was pushing me to do something I thought was wrong. More important, it was wrong of the leadership of the California Legislature to aid and abet his lobbying effort.
I wasn't going to sanction it at any level, so I left, and encouraged others to do the same. It was the right thing to do."
Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes portions of Western Riverside County and Northern San Diego County.
So you'd go and kiss the toes Sr. Pres. Fox?
He was just visiting his Northernmost Territory.
I just asked why it takes "stones" to boycott a speech?
well if you have to ask then you don't have a clue.
and I don't have the time or the inclination to teach you Mexican history including the tons of illegal drugs and millions of illegal aliens that Fox has allowed into CA and America.
Was he under some type of threat before his boycott?
Oh PEER pressure. Is he in highschool?
Because he'll have the race card played on him. Some presidents can't even say the word "illegal"--
I see. So it's a sticks and stones type deal. Got ya.
Until then don't bother trying to steer threads astray OK?
Considering how Bush makes cow's eyes at Vicente, a Republican bucks his leadership by boycotting.
So it wasn't peer pressure? Ok What is the threat he is under from this heroic act?
Just ignore them and work as hard as you can to see that the Senate bill which Presidente Fox likes so much dies a long, slow, painful, public death in the House.
Can you tell me why this boycott toke "stones"?