Friday, May 21, 2010

If a Mexican Lectures Congress and There's Nobody There to Hear It, Does He Make a Good Point?

In yesterday's speech to the US Congress, Presidente Calderon kinda sorta hinted that the Failed State of Arizona's "Show Us Your Papers" law was a terrible idea that would lead to using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement. It's "a terrible idea," he said, "using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement." The Party of Crazy was not amused:

Conservatives are not happy, as he was seen as "lecturing" and "pandering," it was "inappropriate," "a lot of nerve and whining," his argument is "a lie," Mexico "holds American sovereignty in contempt" and those who applauded him in Congress are communists. Being lectured, and by a Mexican no less, does not go down well in all quarters.

Unreasonable can disagree, we suppose. But thanks to this excellent catch by the Mexfiles, it seems many of these representatives are whining about a speech they couldn't be bothered to listen to:

Of the 89 people sitting on the Republican members’ side of the aisle, pretending to listen attentively to President Calderón’s speech to the United States House of Representatives, only 29 were actually House Members. The other 60 were mostly teen-aged pages, along with a few staffers rounded up to make it look as if the party of business is actually interested in the United States’ relations with its third largest trading partner and foreign oil supplier, and second largest export market.

1 comment:

bob cox said...

Is that a Zen question? Like if a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound?
Anyway, Americans are notorious for not taking criticism, constructive or otherwise.