New Math In The Senate
Senator Teddy "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy (D-MA) spoke yesterday after the crushing defeat of the comprehensive immigration reform bill claiming that a minority of the Senate had stopped it from passing. From the Congressional Record:
Immigration reform is an opportunity to be true to our ideals as a nation. Our Declaration of Independence announces that all of us are created equal. Today, we failed to live up to that declaration for millions of men and women who live, work, and worship beside us. But our ideals are too strong to be held back for long. Martin Luther King had a dream that children would be judged solely by ‘‘the content of their character.’’ Today, we failed to make that dream come true for the children of immigrants. But that dream will never die. It has the power to overcome the most bitter opposition I believe we will soon succeed where we failed today, and that we will enact the kind of comprehensive reform that our ideals and national security demand. Soon, word will echo across the country about the consequences of today’s vote. The American people will know that a minority of the Senate blocked a record investment in border security.
H.L. Mencken said that for every complex problem, there is a simple solution—and it is wrong. A minority in the Senate has employed a simple label against this bill—amnesty—and they
were wrong, too. A minority in the Senate rejected a stronger economy that is fairer to our
taxpayers and our workers. A minority of the Senate rejected America’s own extraordinary immigrant history and ignored our Nation’s most urgent needs.
Of course, if Senator Kennedy was less busy worrying about where he was going to get his next case of scotch and more interested in the basic math of the situation, he would have noted the the cloture vote on the bill failed by a majority vote of the senators (46-53).
Note to Senator Teddy "Chappaquiddick" Kennedy: The 12 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS do not have a right to invade our country willy-nilly. We are a country of laws, and we have laws governing immigration. No one has a right to come here and live - it is a priviledge that we grant to some of those who apply legally.
The government, that you are a part of, has a duty to secure our borders and return people who are here illegally to their country of origin. Get to it!
Posted by Rick | June 29, 2007 09:54 AM