We’ve all heard that dog bites man isn’t newsworthy but that man bites dog is. Likewise, we’ve heard of other stories which are so banal we wonder why the editor publishes them and stories which strike a chord as classic examples of overreaching and obnoxiousness.
It’s common courtesy for a guest invited into someone’s home to be gracious, non-judgemental, and not a pita. Similarly, it’s common sense that the homeowner also not tolerate rude and insulting behavior on the part of said guest.
The President of Mexico has been visiting the White House–the American peoples’ house–and he engaged in notably un-diplomatic behavior, markedly rude behavior, and the current caretaker of our house thought so little of his fellow countrymen that he refused to call him on it.
In a joint, two question, press conference in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, President Felipe Calderon criticized the Arizona law on illegal immigrants. “Many of them, [illegals whom he prefers to call "migrants"] despite their significant contribution to the economy and to the society of the United States, still live in the shadows and, occasionally, as in Arizona, they even face discrimination,” Calderon said.
Instead of defending Arizonans and politely suggesting Calderon had outworn his welcome by attacking the law of a sovereign state which happens to mirror United States’ statutes, the caretaker concurred with the Mexican leader and spoke of a possible civil rights suit against Arizona: http://tiny.cc/14afv
Also not covered was Mexico’s harsh immigration laws: “Mexico repeatedly has been cited by human rights groups for abusing or turning a blind eye to the abuse of migrants from Central America. Until recently, Mexican law made illegal immigration a criminal offense — anyone arrested for the violation could be fined, imprisoned for up to two years and deported:” http://tiny.cc/t0ck7
What’s good for the Mexican goose apparently has no relevance to the American gander.
Not content with his Rose Garden remarks, Calderon then addressed a joint session of congress and again attacked the Arizona law. See virtually every Democrat jump to his feet with a standing ovation for that attack: http://tiny.cc/t0ck7
Something is very rotten in the District of Columbia when the caretaker of America’s house permits an interloper to meddle in the internal affairs of the United States with impunity.
Ronald Reagan would have taken Calderon aside and asked him to apologize to the American people. If he refused, he would be on the next Aeromexico flight to Mexico City.