GOP Rep. McClintock Calls Democrats Cheering Calderon's Attack on Arizona a "Disgrace" - Video 5/20/10
Here is video of GOP Rep. Tom McClintock voicing his outrage at Mexican President Felipe Calderon's attack on Arizona before a Joint Session of Congress yesterday.
McClintock said it is essential for those who legally emigrate to the United States to assimilate into American culture. He quoted Teddy Roosevelt to back up his point:
"In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an America, assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on 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 on this person 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 but for one flag - the American Flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room but for one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American People."
McClintock said there is a movement in our country to "hyphenate Americans, 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."
McClintock said it is an "outrage" that a foreign head of state would come here and actively seek to undermine our immigration law, 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."
He closed by saying if Felipe Calderon wants to take part in a debate over our immigration laws, he can "apply for citizenship" and become an American Citizen.
This was a total smackdown! McClintock absolutely nailed it here!