Weâ€™ve all heard that dog bites man isnâ€™t newsworthy but that man bites dog is.Â Likewise, weâ€™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 guestÂ invited intoÂ someone’s home to be gracious, non-judgemental, and not a pita.Â Similarly, it’s common sense that the homeowner also not tolerate rude and insultingÂ behavior on the part of said guest.
Â 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,Â two question,Â press conferenceÂ in the Rose GardenÂ on Wednesday, President Felipe Calderon criticized the Arizona law on illegal immigrants.Â “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 ArizonansÂ and politely suggesting Calderon had outworn his welcome by attacking the law of a sovereign state which happens to mirror United States’ statutes,Â the caretakerÂ concurred with the Mexican leader and spoke of a possible civil rights suit against Arizona: http://tiny.cc/14afvÂ
Calderon also mentioned his desire for “a safe border” with no reference to the millions of Mexicans and others who had made our border and the streets and neighborhoods of ArizonaÂ extremely unsafe.Â
Also not covered was Mexico’s harsh immigration laws:Â “Mexico repeatedly has been cited by human rights groups for abusing or turning a blind eye to the abuse of migrants from Central America.Â 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/t0ck7Â Â
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.Â See virtually every Democrat jump to his feet with a standing ovation for thatÂ attack: http://tiny.cc/t0ck7Â
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.Â If he refused, he would be on the next Aeromexico flight to Mexico City.Â