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.