A former Democratic Congressman from Ohio, Rep. Jim Traficant, served seven years in a federal prison for abusing the privileges of his office. He was accused of taking bribes, as well as having Congressional staffers do odd jobs for him in his Washington, DC home.

Before meeting his political demise, however, he was one of the more interesting Members of the House to watch delivering one-minute speeches on the House floor. Staff from both political parties would watch these usually boring speeches just to listen to Rep. Traficant’s latest and greatest.

When I heard Virginia Senator Tim Kaine yesterday deliver a speech on the Senate floor in Spanish, I was not sure what to think. However, the first thing that came to mind was a Rep. Traficant speech on farm animals:

Politicians from both political parties enjoy pandering to voters. Respectfully, Senator Kaine’s takes pandering is a new low. Does the Democratic Party really need to pander to potential voters this way? Does it make it seem that they care more?

As an American of Cuban ancestry who speaks Spanish somewhat fluently,  (here is a recent CNNe interview), I’m proud that my family taught us a second language. However, we were taught early and often that we had to master the language of the United States, English.

So, let me see if I understand the Senate’s approach to immigration reform. The Gang of Eight proposal will require learning English, but, the bill’s sponsors are breaking into Castilian on the Senate floor? Not to be outdone, Senator Schumer added: “illegal immigration will be a thing of the past.”

Americans of Hispanic or Latino ancestry are tired of being pandered to by the Left, the Right, Republicans, and Democrats. Stick with the issues and leave the novelty acts at home.

As Rep. Traficant would say many times during his speeches, beam me up.

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2 Responses to Si!, Virginia Democratic Senator Kaine Takes Political Pandering to New Low

  1. DesertFlower says:

    I am not sure the Hispanic/Latinos are tired of being pandered. African-Americans are still enjoying the lime light on them.

    We see decent people in Turkey, Greece, Spain etc. protesting their corrupt govts & finally we are seeing it in America against a corrupt D.C.

    There are 2 veterans (1 is a 65 yr. old Vietnam Veteran) who are walking across America carrying the American flag all the way to D.C. with each step they take to defend our U.S. Constitution & our freedoms.

    http://www.WalkDaddyWalk.com

    Finally!! Someone is doing something in America to protest so I support them. But, the mainstream media is ignoring them so we can only hope some websites pick up their story. I support them cause it’s once again our veterans defending our freedoms.

    • Desert Flower, thanks for the post. No one, no matter their ethnic background, enjoy being reminded of it by politicians or businesses (it happens in corporate advertising quite a bit as well). Your comments reminded me of this excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address:

      “…[t]his administration’s objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunity for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of this “new beginning” and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong and prosperous America at peace with itself and the world.

      This is just as valid today as it was in 1981. Politicians and Madison Avenue need to drop ethnic labels. It devalues people and their contributions to our great nations.

      We will post on Walk Daddy Walk as well.

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