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Friday, May 19, 2006

Senator Menendez: 'Power is never given, it is always taken'

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.



3 Comments:

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Democrat for America said...

I see Blue Jersey is following yourleads. They linked to the same article, but left the the info on Latino power. Didn't even give you a hat tip.

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger Honest Abe said...

“We enjoy the lower prices for goods and services provided by undocumented laborers but we want these human beings to remain invisible.”

And lower prices due to illegal status is a good thing according to El Senator? Sounds like he's promoting the exploitation of that very status. People used to "enjoy the lower prices for goods and services provided by" African slaves too, but that didn't make it right.
If Menendez really wants to help these folks, he should begin a crusade to pressure Mexico into liberalizing its economy. There's no excuse for Mexico not to be as prosperous as the U. S. They are blessed with plentiful natural resources, and a work force that is obviously willing to do the job.

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger nightfly said...

Hm. Maybe Feingold and Menendez have updated copies of the Constitution. Mine says that the Constitution does not provide for censure of the President, but only of Congressmen. They could try to issue a Letter of Marque or Reprisal against the President, and look even stupider than they already do.

Then again, it would be fun to see them actually pass this "bill," since Bush could always veto it. (Assuming that he remembers he's allowed to veto bills.)

 

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