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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Menendez Understands The Unifying Power Of Language

Last week Senator Bob Menendez was opining on Latino/Hispanic power and voting against making English the official language of the United States. After thinking about it, we now understand Menendez objection to the Inhofe English language amendment.

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.


At 6:55 AM, Blogger njgalaxie73 said...

What Bob Menendez has failed to realize(which I hope he never does) is that being a US Senator up for election in November isn't the same as being up for re-election in the 13th Congressional District.

His votes are FAR more out in the open with WAY more people will be scrutinizing his votes and his overall voting record.

Irregardless of Menendez being a National Candidate, no self respecting New Jersey Taxpayer that is fed up with the way Democrats have driven their home state into the ground is going to elect a man who, as a Congressman voted in favor of virtually every tax increase and against every tax cut that ever reached his desk.

Sen. Kean has a lot of ammo that he can use and I really hope he uses it wisely.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Honest Abe said...

Exactly. "Hispanic" is not a race or nationality, but a linguistic classification.
It includes not only white Europeans from Spain and their New World descendants, but also the spanish-speaking descendants of black slaves brought to the Americas by those same white Spaniards. It includes Mexicans of all races, white, Indian and black. Hispanic includes Indians of many cultures from all Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America; many Mexicans are Indians (Maya, etc.) but can in no way be confused with a Puerto Rican of (Taino) Indian origin.
Yet another group falling under the "Hispanic" umbrella are descendants of non-Spanish (German, Irish, Italian, etc.) settlers in Latin American countries. Mexican President Vicente Fox is a descendant of Irish settlers from Ohio. The "George Washington" of Chile was Bernardo O'Higgins, and a former Argentine president was Carlos Menem, who was of Lebanese descent, not to mention former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori.
The Spanish Language unites people of many backgrounds in Spanish-speaking countries, just as English has united us as Americans. Let's stay united.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Honest Abe said...

I'll add this: Many people who insist upon immigrants learn English are tarred by the left as racist, but let's think about this.
A true racist would encourage immigrants to stay separate and could care less about education or opportunities. The Jim Crow Democrats of old opposed educational opportunities for Southern blacks because they might get ahead. Education opens the door to opportunity.
Those who encourage English are simply saying, "join us", belong. That's not racism.
America is great because of what unites us, not what divides us. Immigrants of the past would make an effort to belong; if they didn't master English as well as they would have liked, they made sure their kids did.

At 1:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be Ignorant as Cuba was not a scocialist state when Menedez's parents fled.

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