Menendez Understands The Unifying Power Of Language
The glue that holds the Latino/Hispanic power block together is not nationality or race, but a common ancestral language – Spanish. Take away the Spanish language connection and Menendez is just another American-born white guy whose parents fled a socialist nightmare - in his case Cuba. Poles, Russians Bulgarians, Czechoslovakians, Hungarians, Romanians, etc, have similar immigrant stories, just without the Spanish language connection.
The unifying power of language is the driving force behind Senator Inhofe’s English language amendment and Senator Menendez’ opposition to the bill. Inhofe seeks to unify the country with an official common language, English. Menendez seeks to unify a political power base with Spanish. Given a choice between unifying or dividing the country, Menendez chose division.