In his book,The Audacity of Hope, Senator Barack Obama writes on page 266:
And, if I’m honest with myself, I must admit that I’m not entirely immune to such nativist sentiments. When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.
Sound like the Senator Wants People to learn English right? Er.. thats not what he said last week. Last week he put down Americans for NOT learning foreign languages (see “Mercy Buckets” Senator Obama
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“I agree that immigrants should learn English. But instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English – they’ll learn English – you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish.
Are you confused yet? Don’t Be, before the National Council of La Raza, Sunday when speaking before before the National Council of La Raza he said:
We have to finally bring those 12 million people out of the shadows.Yes, they broke the law. And we should not excuse that. We should require them to learn English, pay a fine, and go to the back of the line for citizenship – behind those who came here legally. But we cannot – and should not – deport 12 million people. That would turn American into something we’re not; something we don’t want to be.
WAIT A SECOND? What happened to immigrants not having to learn English because our kids should learn Spanish? Why did he tell La Raza that Illegal Immigrants should be required to learn English? Man this isn’t a flip flop its a freaking Puzzle? Senator WHICH ONE IS IT?
But its more than Just Spanish Senator isn’t it? You talk about your strong role on immigration reform. The only problem with that is ITS A LIE:
On Saturday, Lynn Sweet wrote about how Obama has been “overstating” his role on immigration reform, commenting that, on the campaign trail, Obama “inflates his leadership role — casting himself as someone who could figure out how to get something done.” Sweet quotes Margaret Sands Orchowski, an author on immigration and a tracker of immigration reform legislation as saying Obama “did not absolutely stand out in any way,” and Sen. Lindsey Graham as saying that Obama “broke the agreement” that backers of immigration reform legislation had struck, among other things by voting for making guest worker visa programs temporary. Votes for such “poison pill” amendments to the legislation are one thing Jake Tapper delves into further today, in this item where he writes:
There was a cohesive bipartisan group led by Sens. McCain and Ted Kennedy, D-Mass, that worked to defeat amendments that would hurt the overall bill’s chance of final passage — amendments that were too liberal for the Republicans and too conservative for the Democrats. And on at least five occasions, Obama voted for amendments against the wishes of the bipartisan group, including Kennedy. These included an amendment Obama offered that would have sunsetted the merit-based evaluation system for immigrants after five years; two amendments from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, to sunset both the temporary guest worker visa program and the Y-1 non-immigrant temporary worker visa program after five years; and two amendments from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, that would have removed the requirement that ‘Y’ non-immigrant visa holders leave the United States before they are able to renew their visa, and would have lowered the annual visa quota for guest workers from 400,000 to 200,000 per year. Obama voted for all five; Kennedy voted against all five.
The bottom line, in Tapper’s view?
Obama… took actions that were contrary to the desires of the bipartisan coalition that may have helped sink the bill. On the 2007 bill… Obama took to little-to-no risks at all.
Sinking bipartisan bills one is now trying to tie oneself to. Taking little-to-no-risks at all. Barack Obama.