LatinaLista — There's something inherently wrong when an elected government official insults fellow citizens, regardless of his stand on any issue.
By virtue of his political office and power, an elected official should exercise diplomacy when speaking in public.
Yet, time and time again, we've seen politicians in states like Arizona, Oklahoma and Colorado clearly illustrate their disdain for people who disagree with them over the illegal immigration issue.
Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo listens to his fellow Congressional peers during a hearing on the construction of the border fence along the Texas-Mexico border.
(Source: The Brownsville Herald)
The latest Congressman, who actually has a history of being offensive, is Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo.
Today, Tancredo accepted an invitation to serve on a congressional panel hearing that was held at the University of Texas at Brownsville regarding the construction of a border fence along the Texas-Mexico border.
His response to some of the residents' concerns underscore the lack of compassionate compromise and understanding of life along the border that exists in Washington, or at least among a group of elected officials who have declared the people south of the border to be enemies of the state.
If Tancredo had simply said he disagreed (which he did) with everyone who was speaking against the construction of the fence, it would not have been a big deal.
Yet, he didn't.
Tancredo made two statements that should make everyone in this country, who prides the multicultural aspect of our nation, sit up and take notice of the kind of people being given free reign in deciding the direction of this country.
Late in the five-hour hearing, Tancredo returned to a comment made earlier by panelist Betty Perez, a rancher and local activist. Perez said, "It really isn't a border to most of us who live down here."
Tancredo dismissed Perez's remarks as a "multiculturalist attitude toward borders."
As jeers rose, Tancredo added, "I suggest that you build this fence around the northern part of your city."
Basically, Tancredo was telling the people to build the fence so that their entire city would be on the Mexican side.
Are these remarks worthy of an elected official? Is this the kind of mindset we want our children to be exposed to?
No telling how many students were in attendance at today's congressional hearing. No doubt though that Tancredo's comments made it into the student newspaper.
What kind of message do his remarks send to the children of the Valley whose lives have always been binational?
As an elected official, Tancredo, or any political official for that matter, should not say things that diminish the citizenship/patriotism of others.
Tancredo obviously crossed that "line" when he made these comments. And why wasn't he challenged over these remarks?
It's bad enough the people who live along the US-Mexico border must fight to preserve their way of life but it's far worse that they should have to defend their patriotism to someone who holds a seat in Congress.