Person of the Day

JUNE 6, 2007
 At yesterday’s CNN GOP Debate, a night of group delusion on the war and what amounted to an orgy of anti-Mexican hatred, someone actually questioned Mitt Romney’s use of a Spanish language commercial! As I was shaking my head, McCain stood up and made the statement below.  Let us note that as John McCain fades in this campaign, which these remarks will further guarantee, he does so in this sublime moment of grace.  Here’s to him and his more than occasional brushes with self-knowledge, which left or right, is a rare thing in politics.

  “My friends we know what we’re talking about.  It’s the latest wave of migrants into this country.  We need to stop the illegal immigration, but we’ve had waves throughout our history. HISPANICS is what we’re talking about.  A different culture. A different language, which has enriched my state, where Spanish was spoken before English was.  My friends, the next time you’re in Washington, DC I want you to go to the Vietnam War Memorial and look at the names engraved in black granite.  You’ll find a whole lot of Hispanic names.  In Iraq and Afghanistan today you are going to see a whole lot of people who are of a Hispanic background.  You’re even gonna see a few of them who are Green Card holders who are not citizens of this country, who love this country so much that they are willing to risk their lives in its service in order to accelerate their path to citizenship and enjoy the bountiful blessed nation.  So let’s, from time to time, remember that these are God’s children.  They must come into this country legally.  But they have enriched our nation as every generation of immigrants before them.  Thank you.”