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Leadership should represent voters

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The most recent polls show that 84 percent of Americans say English should be the official language of this country. At the same time, Hispanics in this country by a 77 percent margin also favor making English our language of choice.

So why would Senate Minority leader Harry Reid call the plan "racist"? I think it simply illustrates how out of touch the national Democratic leadership has become. And that lack of understanding will continue to doom the Democratic party and their far left leadership.

But let's look back in time just a bit. Back in 1993, Reid also addressed illegal immigration. Here's what he said back then: "Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits without paying taxes. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world."

Well, the Honorable Mr. Reid has changed his tune. He has decided to attack every initiative by the GOP, regardless of the merit or common sense of the proposal. By always spewing negative comments, Reid and his party hope to paint the Republicans as out of step and win the midterm elections in November.

His plan will surely fail.

There is absolutely nothing about a proposal to make English our official language that is racist. For Reid to make that ludicrous charge says much about his leadership or lack thereof.

It is well past time that the American public speaks out against leadership - regardless of the party - that insults our wishes and our opinions. A good starting point would be a universal condemnation of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

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Michael Jensen
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