“E Pluribus Unum” - A Response to President Calderon

By Jon Huey on May 20, 2010

Rep. Tom McClintock gave this speech in response to President Calderon's lecture to Congress. Given in the House Chamber, Washington, D.C.  May 20, 2010. 

M. Speaker:

I rise to take strong exception to the speech of the President of Mexico while in this chamber today. 

The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.  

It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law. 

Unlike Mexico’s immigration law -- which is brutally exclusionary -- the purpose of America’s law is not to keep people out.   It is to assure that as people come to the United States, they do so with the intention of becoming Americans and of raising their children as Americans. 

Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

A century ago President Teddy Roosevelt put it this way.  He said:

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." 

That is how we have built one great nation from the people of all the nations of the world.

The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico.  A recent RAND study discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

That is the broader meaning of our nation’s motto, “E Pluribus Unum” – from many people, one people, the American people.

But there is now an element in our political structure that seeks to undermine that concept of “E Pluribus Unum.”  It seeks to hyphenate Americans, to develop linguistic divisions, to assign rights and preferences based on race and ethnicity, and to elevate devotion to foreign ideologies and traditions, while at the same time denigrating American culture, American values and American founding principles. 

In order to do so, they know that they have to stop the process of assimilation.  In order to do that, they must undermine our immigration laws. 

It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so.  And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law.  All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce.  It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no driver’s license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws – I reply that we don’t need to reform them – we need to enforce them.  Just as every other government does.  Just as Mexico does.

Above all, this is a debate of, by and for the American people.  If President Calderon wishes to participate in that debate, I invite him to obey our immigration laws, apply for citizenship, do what 600,000 LEGAL immigrants to our nation are doing right now, learn our history and our customs, and become an American.  And then he will have every right to participate in that debate. 

Until then, I would politely invite him to have the courtesy while a guest of this Congress to abide by the fundamental rules of diplomacy between civilized nations not to meddle in each other’s domestic debates.

 

 

Thank you for speaking up and

By J Matthews on June 14, 2010

Thank you for speaking up and addressing the outlandish remarks given to Congress by Presiden Calderon.

You spoke up against what I deemed to be outlandish and childish remarks from a man who's own country has more restrictive immigration policies than our own and I will always remember this a shining moment in the current quagmire of American politcs.

Thank you again for speaking up where no one else had the courage to do.

Immigration

By whathappened on June 7, 2010

wow, a politician making a strong stand??  I saw the video of your response to Pres. Calderon -- good job.  Maybe you can start a new trend amongst politicians -- actually representing and speaking for THE PEOPLE and not special interest groups.  There are a lot of other problems intertwined within the imigration problem-- but we need to start somewhere.   I think people have forgotten why and how this country was created... taxation without representation ring a bell??  Well I'm over-taxed, my money goes to programs I don't even agree with and I don't make over a million dollars so I sure as heck am not be represented.   You at least give us frustrated citizens a slight glimpse of hope.  Thank you sir.

“E Pluribus Unum” - A Response to President Calderon

By Terri on June 5, 2010

I dont know how to thank you....you have expressed my thought in Congress & it feels good to hear those words from a respected man. Shame on everyone who gave Calderon a standing ovation....SHAME ON THEM!! Illegal immigration has been a problem for way too long & if our President continues to be blind to what is happening here, then SHAME ON HIM TOO!!


 I am a native Californian & am ashamed at what has happened to my beloved state. The Mexican gangs, the Asian gangs, is this being a "True American"?? They come here & have lots of kids so they think that makes them legal...IT DOES NOT!! All it does is forces our nation to bend to their needs like Welfare, Food Stamps, Free Housing, Free Healthcare, WIC, Free Education(we Americans pay for that on tax day of course). Then, they expect us to speak THEIR language in OUR schools!!


Now is when it gets really sad....RELIGION!! We, as Americans, are not allowed to pray in public anymore, we are not supposed to talk about God because we might OFFEND someone.....but they can pray, they can build Mosques, have their temples, but we cannot show our Christianity in public?? That is what America was built on. The people from oter countries, the ones that helped to build this nation, were the LEGAL IMMIGRANTS!! They became TRUE AMERICANS.


I am happy that Arizona passed that new law & pray other states follow suit. It is the ONLY way we can get back our country. If they want to be here so bad, go back & come here the legal way....we will welcome you wit open arms. Learn our language. I feel sorry for the children affected by this, but how stupid are they if they couldn't figure it out before they turned 18?? I understand these people think America is the land of the FREE....yes it is, but it doesn't mean you get a FREE RIDE!!


Again, thank you Rep. Tom McClintock....you are  a true hero  in my book & if you ran for president, I would definitely support you. I know tis sounds kind of bad, but if I were you, I would make sure I have more security as you never know who you upset & there are some crazy people out there these days...be careful & God Bless You :-) 

A Response to President Calderon

By aerialcat on June 4, 2010

Well done sir, you spoke for me, and mine

Amen

By Responsible and... on June 4, 2010

Thanks for speaking up for what is right, ever thought about running for President?  There are only few with the courage in this country to speak truth and do what is truly right for our country, we need alot more of you.

Thank you so much for

By sharminl on June 4, 2010

Thank you so much for standing up for Americans! Please never back down and hold strong in your beliefs and continue to stand up for them.  I am tired of hearing racism screamed from the rooftops where this legislation is concerned.  My grandmother became a naturalized citizen in the United States from Mexico and it is a part of my heritage but I know that I am an American. No hyphen, no other country or nationality to attach. A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N thru and thru and I don't want to be recognized as any other nationality. I don't believe this legislation is racist and I fully support it and commend you for supporting it.  I also commend you on being one of the few true Americans left in office. Keep up the good work!

illegal immigration

By imiller96 on June 1, 2010

Congressman Tom McClintock, I applaud you for standing up for America.  There are so few representatives doing that now a days.

Illegal immigration

By jaytex on May 31, 2010

Congressman,

Thank you for having the "backbone" and courage to speak the truth in your speech. I am ANGRY and SICKENED by those who stood and gave Caldrone the standing ovation. He deserved neither. In fact, EVERYONE in that chamber should have stood and walked out on him. We need more elected officials like yourself in Washington, D.C. I wish we had leaders here in Texas who had your "backbone". Please consider running for President. If you do , you will have my support of money and time. Keep up the good work and don't back down !

Thank you!

By Mike Martin on May 28, 2010

Thank you!

Immigration - Mexico's President's Visit

By Chris O. Smith on May 28, 2010

Thank you so much for your comments and address to the Senate. I honestly thought all of you had lost your minds!  I breathed a sigh of relief when I read your address.  I am not prejudiced against anyone.  I support immigration. My husband immigrated LEGALLY from Ireland..as did my ancesters  many years ago.   This man's comments and Obama's made me sick to my stomach.  Living on the California Border, I am appauled at the audacity of some of these people..the marches..the demands.  Just because you jump the fence and land here does not give you anymore rights than people from Canada, Europe, Australia or anyone else trying to file their own Petition(s) to get in.  ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION hurts those who are LEGALLY TRYING TO IMMIGRATE and the American people have absolutely nothing to apologize for... how dare this man come over here and make the comments that he made and how dare Obama apologize to him for us.  Arizona is doing what they have to do out of sheer desperation...because the Federal Government is doing nothing, nada, zip. Letting the states absorb the costs of all of this. So thank you for the speech.  I hope it didn't fall on deaf ears!

thank you

By Donna on May 27, 2010

Thank you Mr. McClintock for your brilliant speech, following the shameful visit by President Calderon.  Thank you for having the backbone to speak out, when so many others in our government disgraced this country, by applauding his speech delivered to Congress.  God bless you, sir. 

E Pluribus Unum

By smirky on May 27, 2010

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!

I would be very proud to have you for my congressman!  It seems we do not have very real Americans in congress any more (including flipper McCain) to stand up for the real and honest Americans.  I will watching for you to run for POTUS one of these days and will not forget you when that does happen.  Hopefully, sooner than later!!!!

P.S.    What the heck is Casey D PA think he is doing introducing a bill to give $165,000,000,000 to UNIONS to bail out their PENSION funds.  The same PENSION funds that have already and in the future, will bankrupt many companies, cities, and states.  Maybe with the leadership of a real American, someone like you, this can be stopped and unions will have to cover their own expenses or their members  can do WITHOUT.

I for one want to thank you

By sunny on May 27, 2010

I for one want to thank you for the Classy and direct way you stood up for America.  I can't believe the leader in charge didn't have enough guts to stand up and defend us like he should~~I have great respect for a man who can stand up when no one else can and tell it like it is, job well done!!!

Thank you, Rep. McClintock,

By kbro101 on May 26, 2010

Thank you, Rep. McClintock, for standing up for the rights of current American citizens! Your writing is elegant and forceful, and your delivery was completely professional. You did not demonize, but instead framed the issue in the best way - this is about preserving and extending our civil society.

 I am writing about Tom

By masontruth on May 26, 2010

 I am writing about Tom McClintock, Calderon, Arizona and  Drivers Checkpoints in general as they are relative.


 


Mr. Calderon has no right whatsoever to tell us how to run our country. Charity becomes at home and G-d helps those who help themselves. Shame on the Liberals that gave him a standing ovation.




This has nothing to do with Race, Discrimination or Profiling. It is the law of the land and these laws should be strictly enforced. Tom McClintock's speech covers it all.


I am an American of Hispanic heritage and definitely not offended by a man who stands up for America and has the guts to do so. Tom McClintock is an American who cares. Tom McClintock's in on the money and someday should run for President. He is a man of honor, respect and integrity. 



The applies to the situation we are going through in Arizona, stopping drivers who have noticeable driving violations and our M Driver Checkpoints throughout our country.  I am glad that law enforcement are stopping illegal /drunk/drugged drivers from being on the streets where they are able to hurt and kill innocent victims. If you don't have a valid license, insurance or the right to drive in this country you shouldn't drive. If you are not in this great nation legally then in most cases you will not be able to obtain a license.  I am not singling out any group other then those who do not have the right to be here or drive legally. Many lives can be saved by keeping illegal drivers off the streets.


 


I do not harbor bad feelings for those from other countries who come here in search of a better life either.  We as "America" must strictly enforce Immigration Laws and employers should not hire those that have do not have a legal right to work here. We should not sell cars to those who do not have a license or cannot prove they are here legally.


 


We need  more Politicians like Tom McClintock who have the guts to tell it like it is and stand up for America and the laws of our land. Thank G-d for Tom McClintock and for those AWESOME brave men & women of law enforcement everywherethat are doing their job and keeping our streets and families safe.  


 

Your response to President Calderon

By Aldebaran on May 26, 2010

Bravo sir, bravo.  Thank you fro standing up to this outrage.  I would say more but it has all been said by others here.  I might add this however:

A short spelling lesson:
    The last four letters in "American" = I Can
    The last four letters in "Republican" = I Can
    The last four letters in "Democrats" = Rats
End of Lesson.

Test to follow in November.
November will be set aside as rodent  extermination month.

 

Well said, Mr. McClintock

By mcclintocksupporter on May 26, 2010

Mr. McClintock,  I thoroughly enjoyed your speech and commend you for standing up for all Americans.  You said it perfect when you said we don't need to reform current immigration laws, but enforce the current laws!  I've done just enough traveling abroad to know you better always carry your ID or passport, so why should it be any different in the US? I was more disgusted by the support and standing ovation the Democrats gave to President Calderon, than I was by the words he spoke. 


Thank you for being a stand up American!!

BRAVO....

By Leanne Galliher on May 25, 2010

If only you could hear the cheers coming from Florida....Your speech has given me hope for this great nation, a belief that there is still common sense men in Washington willing to stand up for the rights of it's citizens.  It saddens me every day to listen to the news, hearing the ridiculous actions of our President and his cronies. Actually, like many of my friends and family, we are scared to death with the direction Mr. Obamah is taking our country. It has been made perfectly clear, his alliance is not in the best interest of this nation nor is he interested in upholding the laws of this land.


Senitor, please continue to stand up for us, uphold our laws and be the man that will not allow our heritage to die at the hands of those that refuse to become an Americans. If your thinking of running for President...GO FOR IT! You have my vote and I promise you, the vote of many more disheartened Americans. Hear our cries.....


Leanne...Lake Helen, FL 

E Pluribus Unum Thank you

By dblazie on May 25, 2010
E Pluribus Unum

Thank you Senator for serving your country in the Senate.

We applaud you for your speech about the Mexican president.

Calderon reply

By patricia on May 25, 2010

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for having the courage (and MOXIE) to speak what 90% of Americans probably felt like saying to that petty tryrant (Calderon, not the POTUS). If there is ONE of you, there must be more who feel this way.  I left CA 7 years ago because of the problems caused by 'illegal immigration.' I couldn't stand living there anymore while people in government seemingly just 'stood by,' and let this happen.  For the record, I do not oppose LEGAL immigration one iota. But I grew very weary of watching a populus insult us on the one hand and take the benefits of our tax dollars with the other. Thank you for standing up.

Thank you for speaking up for

By Susan on May 24, 2010

Thank you for speaking up for America and Americans. Finally someone in government gets it. You've got my vote now.

May 20th, 2010 speeck

By lasuhe on May 24, 2010

Thank you Congressman for your speech you gave to Congress.   You were a voice for so many of us who feel the way you do but aren't being heard.   It is a shame that these days there are so few representatives that stand up for America, but I thank you for doing so.  Please continue to be a voice for us.  Thank you.

Mexico Speech

By tlang on May 24, 2010

I must say you rock.  I love the way the speech was worded and the fact that you pointed out the left wing's participation in the Mexican Presidents views.  My ancestors were German and came here not knowing our language, but they learned it and quickly.  Assimilation is the only way to maintain this great nation.  I applaude you and you honesty.  If Mexico does not like out laws then let them stay in Mexico and fix their own nation.

John and Ken

By Phyllis W on May 24, 2010

Great speech, Mr. McClintock- thank you- we appreciate it. 


By now you must know that even though you get a public forum through John and Ken, if you run for office, they will betray you.  They will say that you are too fact-oriented- too boring, in other words, and they will tell their audience that a vote for you is a throwaway vote.  They cannot be trusted, because they have no respect for "true believers"- what they call "purists". 


Fight on.

Thank you for your speech. 

By Proud American on May 24, 2010

Thank you for your speech.  We need more people like you in Washington. 

Bravo

By NIEDISCO on May 24, 2010

Finally someone stands up for what is painfully obvious!  Calderone’s comments were an outrageous insult.  I defy anyone to sneak into Mexico and make similar demands.  Good luck to you!


As long as we keep acting like a doormat, we will be treated accordingly.  Why are we afraid to enforce our laws?


McClintock for President!

Comments by Mexico's President

By Wounded Warrior on May 23, 2010

Dear Congressman McClintock,


Thank you for being a stand up guy.  The ridiculous comments made by the President of Mexico were absolutely insulting to America and a reflection of his ignorance.  I must also include President Obama’s moronic comments as well.  What the President of Mexico fails to understand is that he and his administration are the reason why his people are risking life and limb to cross the border because of his weak leadership and neglect to care for his own people.  He also knows that closing our borders would mean no more monies being sent back to boost his failed economy.  And for Obama to criticize the Governor of Arizona for passing her immigration law clearly indicates to me that Obama fully intends to grant amnesty to the illegal population in order to save the Democratic Party for the November elections.  Obama has also failed to recognize that there are federal laws already on the books that give every law enforcement officer the right to stop anyone to question their illegal status.  Continue to stand strong my friend.  And thank you for having the guts to say it like it is.  A lesson that some of your colleges could learn.   

Thank you, Tom

By Fredy From New ... on May 23, 2010

Damn that was one beautiful speech. You actually made me (although briefly) proud to be an American again.


NOvember can't come soon enough, Tom.

Mexican President

By dkd6 on May 23, 2010

A collective thank you!

being an American

By J. Dedrick on May 23, 2010

I am not a member of either party, both have been terribly guilty at doing nothing about illegals. I feel as though I am an American without a party that will do anything about the invasion that has been going on for decades. I THOUGH AM SO PROUD OF YOU MR. MCCLINTOCK  for not being like other politians who are gutless and sell outs of America for calling Arizona's law racist. it has nothing to do with that and everything to do with saving America from being taken over. Our great soldiers are getting killed oversea's while our government has had a blind eye to our country being taken over.  I WAS ONLY SAD TO SEE THE CHAMBER EMPTY WHEN YOU MADE YOUR SPEACH BUT MOST OF US REAL AMERICANS SUPPORT YOUR EVERY WORD YOU SPOKE. HOW DARE ELECTED POLITIANS APPLAUD THE LEADER OF MEXICO THEY NEED TO MOVE THERE IS THEY AGREE WITH HIM. MCCLINTOCK FOR PRESIDENT 2012

You have my support!!!!

By CaliGirl32xo on May 23, 2010

Hello - I wanted to applaud you for taking a stand and saying what millions of Americans wish they could say to the world.  I think it is appalling that the President of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and other officials (from senators to mayors to police officers) are publicly stating they may not enforce immigration laws currently in place.  They have taken an oath to uphold the US Constitution and laws in this country & it is their duty to do so.  As if the oath states you can pick and choose which laws to enforce based on whether you like them or not.  As a citizen of this country there are plenty of laws I don’t agree with – do I have the option to disagree with them and therefore not follow the law?! No I don’t, and anyone who breaks the law or states they will not enforce a current law based on their own beliefs should be fired, impeached or removed from office.  THANK YOU!!!! 

HONEST RESPONSE...

By Edgard Schmidt on May 23, 2010

About time that one of our Congressman have the guts to tell it as it is.  Our Laws alredy there to be obeyed not to be broken.  Presideny Calderon with all do respect to your position as President of the great Nation of Mexico,  if you want your people to have a better Life,  please do something about it with in your borders.   If President Obama agrees with President Calderon,  He should move to Mexico and be their President.  We the People want a President that will protect the American way of Life,  and their People with in their borders and abroad as citizens,  legal there is,  of theis Great Nation Ours!!!

Felipe Calderon

By vmfa531 on May 23, 2010

 

<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if !mso]> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]--><!--[if !mso]> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]-->

<!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -->

<!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} <![endif]-->

As I listened to your response to Felipe’s comments at out nation’s capital I gazed out my upstairs window only to see the American flag flying atop my garage for all to see.  Once again the sight of our flag brought tears of pride to my eyes, and for the first time in many years the words of a politician did the same.  I salute you sir, and God Bless America!

I say BRAVO to Senator

By eday on May 23, 2010

I say BRAVO to Senator McClintock and want to know where we can find 99 more just like him!

Your Response to President Calderon

By LaChicano on May 22, 2010

You’re missing the whole point.  It is not the Mexican nationals who are posing a threat to the U.S. it is the Muslims who are already here and there counterparts in the Middle East.  With all the attention on Mexico don’t you think that the Muslim radicals are just loving it?   It gives them the opportunity to continue to plot our destruction while we focus on people that are drawn by corporate America.  We are becoming a divided nation and a divided nation can’t stand.

I am so proud of the speech

By mpancamo on May 22, 2010

I am so proud of the speech you made. It is about time this country stands up for OUR principals.

Please run for President.  You will have my vote!

 

Thank you!!

"A fellow American"

E Pluribus Unum

By gc726 on May 22, 2010

BRAVO!!!


Finally someone with guts who is willing to stand up for the average hard working American taxpayer.


While watching your speech before Congress I couldn't help but feel that you have all of the qualities of a leader who can save this country from the destiny the Progressives plan to jam down our throats.


Keep up the good fight Sir! We need people like you more now than ever before!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

By Michelle Suzuki on May 22, 2010

Dear Mr. McClintock,


I beamed with pride and admiration when I listened to your speech.  Thank God there is someone out there that listens to the American people.  I wish I could have seen the look on Mr. Calerdon's face when he heard your speech.  As for Mr. Obama and his ilk, they are a disgrace to this great nation.


Mr. McClintock, should you ever decide to run for governor for California, I promise to support you 100 percent and will also call on the support of my friends, family and neighbors.  You are exactly what California needs.


Kind regards, Michelle

America

By vmfa531 on May 23, 2010

 

<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if !mso]> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]--><!--[if !mso]> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } <![endif]-->

<!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} -->

<!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} <![endif]-->

As I listened to your response to Felipe’s comments at out nation’s capital I gazed out my upstairs window only to see the American flag flying atop my garage for all to see.  Once again the sight of our flag brought tears of pride to my eye, and for the first time in many years the words of a politician did the same.  I salute you sir, and God Bless America!

Congressman McClintok, I've

By Memnon on May 22, 2010

Congressman McClintok, I've listened to you  for a while through interviews with Jon & Ken at KFI AM and I've always liked your common sense policies. When I heard your response to President Calderon yesterday while I was driving home, I was greatly impressed that finally someone in Congress had the intestinal fortitude to publicly say what Americans are feeling.

Thank you very much for that, sir.

Gene Fortner

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

P.S. Arizona, you have a lot more support than the media lets on.

Just when a lot of Americans

By otsb505 on May 22, 2010

Just when a lot of Americans look at California as a "lost cause" you bring back a glimmer of hope for your state. Thank you for doing the right thing and for speaking intelligently and in a common sense way. Next lets slow down all those imports from China and prosecute those who profit off their slave labor. Lets make our nation something to be proud of once again. Thank You!

Illegal Immegration

By claireroundtree on May 22, 2010

Thank God finally someone is speaking the truth and reminding us about what our country was built upon.  As a California native, living in Lousiana now for 5 years, I thank you, Congressman !!!   The illegal immigration (emphasis on ILLEGAL)  allowed in California made me sick when I lived there.   Your message to the Mexican President came in loud and clear!!You, Sir, are a breath of fresh air!!  If you ever run for President, please contact me in Louisiana and I will be glad to help in any way in your campaign.


 

Caulderone

By jessique on May 22, 2010

Thanks from Texas for standing up to him. God bless you.

No one has said it better

By garek007 on May 22, 2010

Thank you Sen. McClintock for standing up to the liberals at Washington. I have no problem with left-wing ideas in general, but the liberals in Washington are out of control. They have gone so far to the  left that they are losing site American values and it is an outrage.

No one has summed up my feelings better than you in your rebuttal to Calderon that day. The illegals that come here have no interest in learning our culture, they expect jobs, handouts and for us to learn their language. If they actually wanted to be Americans I would have less of a problem with it. And many of these Dream act clowns study 'Chicano Studies' which is a waste of time. What good will they be to the economy? Another professor? What can you do with a degree in Chicano Studies.

Once again, you said it perfect that day. I applaud you for your courage and hope that you would consider running for president someday.

No one has said it better

By garek007 on May 22, 2010

Thank you Sen. McClintock for standing up to the liberals at Washington. I have no problem with left-wing ideas in general, but the liberals in Washington are out of control. They have gone so far to the  left that they are losing site American values and it is an outrage.

No one has summed up my feelings better than you in your rebuttal to Calderon that day. The illegals that come here have no interest in learning our culture, they expect jobs, handouts and for us to learn their language. If they actually wanted to be Americans I would have less of a problem with it. And many of these Dream act clowns study 'Chicano Studies' which is a waste of time. What good will they be to the economy? Another professor? What can you do with a degree in Chicano Studies.

Once again, you said it perfect that day. I applaud you for your courage and hope that you would consider running for president someday.

Coming from a nation that was

By GladImNotaYank on May 22, 2010

Coming from a nation that was founded on illegal immigration, the hypocrisy in this speech is laughable. Becoming a legal citizen in the good ol' US of A requires one to have more knowledge then the majority of your population. 

When your nations children can't even point out Canada/Mexico/Iraq on a map of the globe, it's laughable that you expect more from people immigrating.  How about the fact that Texas was stolen from Mexico in the first place, or the fact that everything south of the Mason Dixon line seems to be governed based on a 2000 year old story book.  Your entire nation can't even see the difference between communism, socialism, and fascism (Cuba, by the way, is in no way Communist, neither was the former USSR). You even blindly believe that that Islam is a religion of anger, when the Qur'an teaches nothing, but peace.

Heck.. you are a nation that has seen free-market capitalism fail not once, but twice, but still hold blind faith that is some magic formula. 

 

God Bless Canada.

Have Canada fight for its freedom, then we'll talk

By garek007 on May 25, 2010

You're an idiot Canadian. Yeah, I'll admit that US children probably do not know geography as well as Canadians. Why should we? The world revolves around the US. We at least know where Canada, and Iraq are you idiot.

Texas was not 'stolen' from Mexico. It was won in a war which Mexico started. You talk about knowing history and yet you don't know that. Look it up. Don't make claims based on fiction.

And most Americans, do NOT believe that Islam is a religion of anger. We know that Islam teaches peace. WE KNOW that it is the mis-interpretation of that religion that results in religious fanatics, and it is those people who are a threat to our society.

Why don't you go join a real country? Join a country that has fought and bled for its freedom. We didn't buy our country from the queen like Canada. We stood up for what we believed in, stood up against oppression, and fought for what was right. And that is what this debate is about, right and wrong. Canada has no culture, no history, because all they've ever done is bend over and take it from the queen. You are a nation of weaklings.

immigration

By scottsch on May 22, 2010

As a former Californian I want to thank you so much for standing up and boldly speaking out on this issue. What President Calderon said and what our President allowed him to say was disgraceful! Thank you for taking on this hyphenated-American issue. I'm so sick and tired of hyphenated Americans, you are so right either you are an American, or you're not! My wife (from Mexico) became a citizen in 1999, she is an American - period, and proud of it, She is disgusted at what she is seeing happen today. Illegals anger her, because she did what it took to do it right! Please keep up the good fight - millions of AMERICANS are with you. I think right now we all have a little Arizona blood in our veins! Again - THANK YOU! You have spoken the words that millions of us have wanted to say.

Scott Scheuerman, Kent, WA

Thank You

By mrsmurray@gmail.com on May 22, 2010

Thank You for speaking out.    I believe most of the country feels the way you do, but there hasn't been a representative with enough guts to do their job and speak for the people that elected them.     Run for President and you will have my vote.

Response to Mexican President

By Rtroutman on May 22, 2010

Well said Sir!!!   Thank you very much.  You are a Patriot and a true American.  I hope that your constituents appreciate you and all that you say and do.  Please keep up the good work.  America and the Congress need you .  I hope that you can do something to thwart our downward spiral into socialism!!  The only thing that I regret is that I cannot vote for you since I live in Hawaii.


First he bows to the emperor and now he encourages the President of Mexico to berate us in our own Congress!!


What next??  God help us. .