New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez goes to Georgia to explain his political agenda
US Senator Menendez (D-NJ) is “looking closely” at signing on to US Senator Russell Feingold’s (D-WI) bill to censure President Bush, Senator Menendez told Atlanta Progressive News during an in-person interview.
The US Senator was in town to discuss immigration at a panel by The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO). Mr. Menendez is currently only one of three Hispanic Members of the US Senate; the other two are Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Ken Salazar (D-CO).
“Why not send the National Guard to the Canadian border, too? All the 9/11 terrorists entered our country through Canada, not Mexico,” Sen. Menendez said in response to President Bush’s call for troops on our southern border.
As regards the current influx of Latinos, “We enjoy the lower prices for goods and services provided by undocumented laborers but we want these human beings to remain invisible.”
Latinos constitute a trillion-dollar domestic market and they are younger by a decade than other Americans. For most, their native culture has taught them to be docile and non-confrontational. Latinos need to be energized to reflect their financial muscle.
“Power is never given; it is always taken. And as Lord Acton said, ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” To counter the power of government, Menendez urged us to be an engaged citizenry who make demands on our elected officials.
As an unelected member of the Senate, Menendez may believe “power is never given, it is always taken”, but the voters of New Jersey just might believe otherwise.