VIDEO: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA04) blasts Calderon, cheering Democrats

Posted by: ST on May 20, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Good to see a conservative politico from the left coast doing some oh so righteous representin’ in the US House, especially after what Calderon and Congressional Democrats pulled earlier today:


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 Calderons 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 Mexicos immigration law — which is brutally exclusionary — the purpose of Americas 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 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 nations 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 drivers license, no passport, and who doesnt 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 dont 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 others domestic debates.

Game, set, match – McClintock.

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19 Responses to “VIDEO: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA04) blasts Calderon, cheering Democrats”


  1. Anthony says:

    See? I told ya (Toldjah? :"> ) we’re not all loonies out here! :d

    (I really wish I had voted for Tom in the 2003 special election. He’d have made a great governor.)

  2. Sefton says:

    That’s the kind of common sense, patriotic statesmanship that Republicans need to get back to.

    Awesome address by Mr. McClintock.

  3. camojack says:

    I think that it’s way past time that we retaliated in this undeclared war from the South; we should go into Mexico and clean up the corruption…and the drug cartels.

    Of course, the two are somewhat intertwined… :-?

  4. Hoorray for McClintock!

    Someone had to call Calderon on the carpet.

  5. sockit says:

    HOOOOORAYYYY for McClintock!

    well done..

    I hope every conservative candidate airs footage of the Standing O the dems gave Calderon…during their campaign commercials this fall!

  6. Paul says:

    Good speech, but enforce the laws of the land !

  7. McClintock’s speech is the one worthy of a standing ovation!

  8. Zippy says:


  9. Carol says:

    It’s disgusting that more didn’t applaud him at the end (of course, unless the chamber was empty). Too many are afraid to speak up.

    No matter your like or dislike of Glenn Beck, he’s definitely fighting the good fight. Sadly, it’s a fight we Americans cannot afford to lose.

  10. Chris says:

    Has Nancy Pelosi said this was racist yet? The media clearly has no time since they are busy portraying Rand Paul as the most racist man to ever walk the face of the earth.

    Overall, this was a great speach. Bravo to Congressman McClintock for calling out the hypocricy of the Mexican President and the left-wing loons in Congress who agree with him because they think that all those illegal’s will vote for them if they give them amnesty.

  11. Tina says:

    This is an awesome speech. Please try and encourage our liberal media to air this instead of Calderon and Obama bashing our Country!!!!

  12. Valerie says:

    McClintock is our Representative – I went to hear him speak at a Town Hall meeting, and was as impressed then as I am with this speech!! We can only hope that he tossed his hat in the office for President before too long! He would be a great loss for California, but a great gain for the country!!

  13. Yeah, but here’s the thing, did he make this speech while Calderon was there? Did he object to his remarks immediately after he made them? If so, then he deserves a double dose of applause, because that’s when he should have stood up and made this speech, or something similar though by necessity probably a bit more off-the-cuff.

    I wonder if Scrotum Cheeks McCain was there, and whether he was one of the few Republicans to applaud. Probably not, as even McCain isn’t that stupid, but on the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least. He would probably try to explain it as a polite and diplomatic gesture to a foreign visiting dignitary.

  14. Tex says:

    Yesterday certainly was a new all time low for Congress to allow the President of Mexico, a country that makes AZ’s immigration law look Liberal in comparison, lecture them and the American people about his displeasure with any immigration law in this country that aims to even slow the pace of illegal immigration from his country to America ….. and to have the Democrats cheer him on. No doubt pandering to the Hispanic vote in this country. Disgraceful and disgusting! Well, at least McClintock has some spine.

  15. Carlos says:

    Hear, Hear!

  16. Yep, we need more representatives like Tom McClintock!

  17. Carlos says:

    Yeah, those flag-waving patriotic progressives are just all-America to the bone, aren’t they?

    ‘Course, “all-America” to them means one America from pole-to-pole, not justifiably proud of the United States of America. Like our fearless, glorious leader, they couldn’t care less about whether the USA survives or not, as long as they get their grease and small pieces of pork for “the little people” (read: union members).