A Speech in Spanish Is a First for the Senate

Erin Banco, New York Times, June 12, 2013

When Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, took the Senate floor on Tuesday to deliver a speech in support of animmigration overhaul bill, he did it in a way no senator had done before: entirely in Spanish.

“We are going to have hours upon hours of debate about this on the floor of the Senate, and taking 15 minutes to explain the bill in Spanish just seemed like a good idea,” Mr. Kaine said. “Latinos have so much invested in the outcome of the bill, people ought to know what the bill is about.”

According to records from the Senate Library, Mr. Kaine was the first senator to give a speech all in Spanish on the Senate floor. {snip}

Mr. Kaine, who learned Spanish when he lived in Honduras and helped run a Roman Catholic school with Jesuit missionaries, said he had started planning the speech six weeks ago and had written it with the help of two staff members who speak Spanish.

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Mr. Kaine, a former governor of Virginia, said he used to speak Spanish only every four to five months, but now found himself speaking it every day. “It is a sign of the changing nature of Virginia,” he said.

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  • JohnEngelman

    Is Ebonics far behind?

    • Hirschibold

      Ebonics is leading the pack. Representative Holmes is exhibit A. Yes, this is real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZoTJzh13n8

      • sbuffalonative

        Damn, straight! What’s rong wit are bear?

      • Paleoconn

        it drank pretty good!

        I’d like to hear the end of that ‘debate’. The brutha seemed horrified that folks from Germany were trying to bring their products into the states. He probably thinks they’re all Nazis.

      • The Final Solution

        ha ha ha nearly spit out my beer listening to grown folk talkin about beer. it drank pretty good don’t it?

      • IstvanIN

        He looks like that cartoon character Cleveland!

        • Anglokraut

          Mustache isn’t thick enough!

    • David Ashton

      How about Chinese?
      Diversity is likeable, isn’t it?

      • Hirschibold

        John Engleman, Steve Sailer, and the other HBD types need to understand that was has made white people so successful is a balance of traits, not just cognitive ability which manifests itself on some standardized test. A society is built on more than outlier geniuses.

        To use an analogy, when I was a teenager I was one of those nerds who played Dungeons and Dragons games. In brief, you would create a character (a mage, elf, paladin, knight, ectetera) and assign them a certain number of attributes from a pool of points. Say you had one-hundred points to distribute between several traits, like Charisma, physical strength, intelligence, wisdom, dexterity, and magical ability. Most of the east Asians who the Sinophiles love, or the Jews the Philosemites worship, would have one trait maxed out, like intelligence, and a paucity of points in other areas. Most American blacks would have physical traits like strength maxed out, while skimping on intelligence. Whites would typically represent a balance, or the mean, to borrow the metric term.

        I had a professor in college who boasted of a genius grant he had won from some fellowship program. He taught an elective on folklore and fairytales. How many people do you really need to tell you about phallic symbolism in Hansel and Gretyl versus say, people who have practical abilities like plumbing, masonry, carpentry, farming, or gunsmithing? Intelligence is valuable, but past a certain threshold it can become an onanistic waste.

      • Oil Can Harry

        You guys are being WAY too hard on latinos.

        I’ll have you know the Mexicans are about to elect the most intelligent mayoral candidate in their nation’s history: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/morris-cat-running-mayor-mexican-town-article-1.1373751

        • Erasmus

          Someone better tell Speedy González, fastest mouse in all Méjico!

    • me

      What do you think the POTUS speaks when he’s courting the Black vote??

  • Manaphy

    How is it that Virginia, the Old Dominion State, which contained the Capital of the Confederacy, which seceded from the Union in order to protect white and Southern rights, which produced one of the largest amounts of Confederate Soldiers per capita, sent this idiot into the senate? seems that Bantu migration isn’t the only thing in play here….

  • Easyrhino1

    He should emigrate to Mexico and he could speak Spanish everyday.

    • bigone4u

      Move to south Texas, same result.

    • Paleoconn

      Great comment. If he likes it so much, let him move to Latin America.

  • If I were in Virginia, the only way I would vote for Tim Kaine would be if his republican challenger is someone who wants to reach out to more minorities, and supports a guest worker bill.

    • Freedoooom

      The media did a good smear job on his competition in 2012.

      Macaca is a completely made up word, and some how American media smear machine has turned the Macaque into the Macaca for the Portuguese. No joke look up the wikipedia articles using Macaca on Portuguese Wikipedia, all of them are at oldest from 2008. Macaque wasn’t even on their radar.

      If macaca was a racial slur, you would think it would’ve been widely known and been used in Brazil, instead Americans have just renamed the Macaque monkey macaca in Portugal somehow.

  • sbuffalonative

    “It is a sign of the changing nature of Virginia,” he said.

    But not for the better.

    • White Mom in WDC

      So true. Virginia is on its way down. More diversity = more problems. Just saw on TV news today that several 7-11s in VA have been busted in human trafficking.

      Welcome to Amexistan

    • Erasmus

      The entire country is on its way down. The smart ones know it. Only the brave ones have the courage to say it.

      This congress and this latest cabal of American leaders will owe future generations of Americans, the descendants of the people who came in through the front door, not the illegitimate issue of the people who stole their way in and extorted amnesty from a cowardly federal government, an abject apology for having destroyed this country with their surrender to this foreign horde now numbering in the tens of millions.

      I unequivocally say that I am now deeply ashamed of America’s leaders.

  • bigone4u

    Dubious firsts, like Kaine’s publicity stunt, are going to become more common, as the prostitutes in Congress pander to minorities. If he “represented” (what a joke that word has become) me, I would give him an earful of obscenities that I can’s spell out here.

  • Erasmus

    All Americans had better remember that because so many of the illegal aliens are minorities, if amnesty passes, they’re going to be given preferential treatment in hiring, promotion, education, housing and other set-asides. In other words, with amnesty they’ll be given access to programs and money that the people who pay for these programs don’t have access to.

    Does anyone still not understand why there are millions of us so angry?

    • Ella

      The govt already gives out generous grants and scholarships to minorities interested in the medical field who speak fluent English and Spanish; I’ve been through the list multiple times. The govt. plans to serve the growing needs of the Spanish speaking population being medical and legal. A few grants allows non-Hispanic Whites to qualify if they don’t specify ethnicity. They’ve planned this ten years back.

  • ncpride

    This little speech of his was a harp slap in the face to every European and their descendants who built this country, then fought and died to establish it. Sickening traitor is the only way to describe this snake.

    • David Ashton

      A straw in the wind?
      Spanish as an official language equal to English in how many years from now?

      • ncpride

        Has any one of your leaders ever insulted Native Brits by speaking Arabic in the House of Commons? Wouldn’t surprise me since both our governments seem determined to treat us like 2nd class citizens.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Spanish is an official language ABOVE English in California. Speeches are regularly given in Spanish by politicians and other officials in California.

        Press “uno” for “espanol,” “dos” for “ingles.”

        Think I’m kidding?

        Bon

        • Bossman

          The USA has no official language and the Founders taught it wise that it should be so.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            You are wrong.

            The Founding Fathers neither created nor envisioned America as a multi-lingual “diverse” and “multicultural” nation.

            The very first immigration act, the 1790 Alien Naturalization Act, enacted by Congress on Mar. 26, 1790, specified the following:

            “Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any alien, being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen therof…”

            The US was founded and created solely by English-speaking White people as an English-speaking White nation. Until just a few decades ago she was 90% White.

            The Constitution dedicates America to “Secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and OUR Posterity.”

            That was English-speaking White people writing those words, so they meant English-speaking White people’s Posterity, not Somalis, Mexicans, S. Asians or any other of the non-English speaking, non-White global herd of “New Citizens” you anti-Whites have foisted on us.

            Anti-Whites decided my country should be a squabbling, mult-lingual “melting pot.”

            I didn’t.

            My people didn’t – there was no public voting on this.

            Those who created the US were English-speaking Whites & specifically founded the US for their “posterity” — their collateral descendants.

            Saying otherwise is dishonest, & anti-White.

            Do you consider Mexicans and Somalis to be the posterity of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc.?

            Bon

          • Bossman

            You still didn’t tell me why the USA does not have an official language. BTW, the Founders once thought of adopting German as the language of the country.

      • Bossman

        The USA has no official language. The Founders wanted it to remain that way.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Could you specify in The Constitution the Founding Fathers specified that they wished the United States to NOT have a common language?

          The founders took it for granted that English was the language of this country. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, people of British origin (English, Scotch, and Irish) made up 92% of the White population at the time of America’s founding.

          John Jay, in The Federalist No 2, wrote With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice, that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country, to one united people; a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language….

          In 1811, President James Madison signed the Louisiana Enabling Act, establishing the conditions under which Louisiana could become a state.

          One of the requirements was that “the laws which such state may pass shall be promulgated and its records of every description shall be preserved, and its judicial and legislative written proceedings conducted in the language in which the laws and the judicial and legislative written proceedings of the United States are now published and conducted.

          To say that the USA was NOT founded as an English-speaking nation, although not specified, is anti-White, revisionist history.

          Bon

          • John Smith

            It is not surprising that the founders would think of the United States as an obviously English-speaking nation. The 1790 census was the first comprehensive census of the United States. Since it was taken just three years after the writing of the Constitution, it is a fair reflection of the United States at the time of the Founding Fathers.

            According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, people of British origin (English, Scotch, and Irish) made up 92% of the white population.

            It also bears noting that in 1811, President James Madison signed the Louisiana Enabling Act, establishing the conditions under which Louisiana could become a state. One of the requirements was that “the laws which such state may pass shall be promulgated and its records of every description shall be preserved, and its judicial and legislative written proceedings conducted in the language in which the laws and the judicial and legislative written proceedings of the United States are now published and conducted.”

            Being unable to communicate with each other (e.g. language ‘diversity’) does not make us stronger. Just the opposite. It is a divisive influence dividing us and making the nation weaker.

            Tim Kaine is being ignorant and irresponsible.

          • /.murphy

            LOL! You are spectacularly showcasing your ignorance by referring to “English, Scotch (sic), and Irish” peoples as “British.” Whatta maroon.

          • John Smith

            I should have referenced the United Kingdom instead of using the term British. But your response reveals what a colossal jerk you are. Now I can always look up a better term but one wonders what you are going to do about your extremely poor character that reflects the failure inside you… where it matters.

          • /.murphy

            The “United” Kingdom?! LOL!

            You could use some remedial georgraphy and history.

          • John Smith

            And you could use a boot to the ass to help you get some manners about you. The unified kingdom of Great Britain came into being on 1 May 1707 and has been called the United Kingdom ever since. The British colonies in North America that broke away from Britain in the American War of Independence became the United States of America in 1782. Even a nitwit like yourself should be able to discern that 1782 is after 1707 and that the United Kingdom encompasses the 92% figure referenced. But then you’re elevator doesn’t go that high and you’re really just here for the ad hominem trolling because you KNOW you’re an awful person inside (where it matters) and that you haven’t got a clue. So I think we’re finished here. Feel free to 12 step off. Bon voyage loser.

          • /.murphy

            Seems you’ve neglected to notice the major loss of insular territory that your “United” Kingdom experienced in 1937. I guess certain people (whom you called “British”) didn’t really consider themselves “British” after all.

          • John Smith

            I’m not from the United Kingdom. You’ve never been right. And we’re talking about a 92% demographic in early America within the context of a discussion on language. You, on the other hand, are rambling nonsensically while engaging in ad hominem. As I said, bye.

          • /.murphy

            LOL! Your attempts at insulting me are pathetic and cliché.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Rats! I’m too late to the party and the troll has been disappeared.

            Too bad, I was in the mood for a good troll attack tonight…

            Superb responses from you on this thread (and others), BTW. I’ll look forward to reading more of your fine comments in the future.

            Bon

          • Bossman

            The USA has a common language but no official language.

          • John Smith

            Bon already spoke to your assertion. Repeating it is unnecessary. The reason for that is because I retain information though you appear to be having some trouble with that.

  • MekongDelta69

    Latinos have so much invested in the outcome of the bill, people ought to know what the bill is about.

    1.) Jump back over the border.
    2.) Learn English.
    3.) Apply like everyone else has to.

    On second thought – skip #3.

  • Paleoconn

    heres some more espanol Kaine: hijo de puta

    • me

      Pendejo Kaine!LOL!

    • Alexandra1973

      I actually know what that means! LOL

      • Paleoconn

        Apologies, Alexandra. I normally don’t use language like that in the presence of women.

  • The__Bobster

    I find his Hispandering highly offensive. Politicians like this should be strung up for treason.

    • I prefer stoning, but to each their own.

      • me

        Tarred, feathered, then feet first through a wood chipper. Send them to hell, before our country is diversity hell…..

  • Shouldn’t there have been an equal amount of time for his little speech to be translated in many other languages, especially German and Italian? Oh, that’s right. Those people were expected to learn English as part of their Americanization process.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “I ask unanimous consent I be able to deliver a floor speech on immigration reform in Spanish.”

    Here’s your answer you traitor: “Ay yi yi”

    But you will now be paid in Pesos.

    Maybe Marco Rubio can give the rebuttal….oh, wait…

    Bon

  • OlderWoman

    Turning America into a Catholic country. Here comes the massive poverty just like in every predominately Catholic country.

    • White Mom in WDC

      So true. I am a Catholic and it is so true.

      • Erasmus

        2x. But, Hispanic Catholicism is more superstition and voodoo than philosophy and theology.

    • me

      More third world Catholics is good for the Catholic church. Never mind European American displacement…..

  • Ella

    So, are we going to vote in a non-English speaking, foreign king next that violates the Executive Powers of the US Constitution?

    • IstvanIN

      We are a republic, we would vote in a foreign president.

      • IanJMacDonald

        The republic died December 31, 2011 when Obama signed the Defense Authorization allowing for the indefinite detention of American citizens.

        • IstvanIN

          There are all sorts of republics. The United States died, after a long illness, when Barry Sotero was “elected” grand chief.

          • Erasmus

            Only in a dying republic could a creature like Barry Sotero become president.

  • mobilebay

    This miserable excuse for Sentor should remember the motto of his state – “Sic Semper Tyrannis” – Thus Always to Tyrants. It looks like you’re the tyrant here, Senator, or should I say traitor? I think it’s great for our elected officials to declare themselves as the traitors they are. It’s great information to take to the voting booth next time around.

    • Anglokraut

      I don’t even see the point in voting anymore; the state of my current residence (as it is no longer “home” to me) has had its Voter ID law overturned. As we have no system set up to actually prevent voter fraud, I see no reason to believe that any future election will be valid.

      Yet my mom still drags her feet on the issue of moving, unless it’s talk of moving to Florida.

  • JackKrak

    Oh, come on – I’m sure lawmakers all over Latin America make speeches in English explaining why they should hasten the arrival of millions of English-speaking foreigners to their countries all the time.

    Wait, what?

  • Ed_NY

    I was in Miami on business last week and I couldn’t believe the degree that Spanish was used in every day business. I am well aware of the Spanish/Cuban influence in Miami but I am surprised by the almost total dominance of Spanish over English. Everyone and I mean everyone I came in contact with on this trip was using Spanish as their primary language. From the police to armored car drivers, U.S. Custom Officers, airport employees, business people, people I met through casual contact and I met an owner of a Chinese restaurant who speaks Spanish daily and said Spanish was more important to his business then is his native Chinese or English. In fact his Spanish was better then his English. I think as time goes by English will take a back seat to Spanish in this country.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Tim Kaine: Got White Genocide??

    Bon

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    NumbersUSA is all over this:

    https://www.numbersusa.com/content/

    Bon

  • Fr. John+

    Latinos are not, and never will be, Americans. The Founding Fathers NEVER would have tolerated such a blatant, RACIST action as this. The Language of a nation is the language of the Conqueror- Are you saying, ‘Senator,’ that you WISH for the USA to become America DEL NORTE?

    I could think of a few choice expletives for this traitorous action, but then, the post would be censored. Hell, it probably is gonna be anyway….

    • Bossman

      The USA does not have an official language and the Founders liked it that way.

      • Fr. John+

        Really? Is that why we are conversing in English. Is that why all 13 Colonies’ charters are in English? Is that why Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, etc. all spoke English… and considered themselves ENGLISHMEN!?

        To speak Spanish in the USA, is, IMHO, a traitorous act. Always has been, always will be. You’re either a member of the tribe that calls themselves “La Raza” or a liberal. Neither is human, as far as I am concerned.

    • /.murphy

      Crazy talk.

  • saxonsun

    Wasp-owned is good–if it’s even true anymore. And you Catholics should NEVER throw stones….I mean, never.

  • saxonsun

    Before I speak Spanish, I’ll die.

  • ncpride

    It’s ma’am, however, we all know he was appealing to the massive hordes of illegal Mexicans squatting in our country, which is an insult of the highest order considering we keep telling them no over and over again to amnesty. They are determined to hand over our country to any and all who want it with total disregard to how it will affect anyone else.

    • /.murphy

      “…hand over our country to any and all who want it…” ??? How did you come to live on this side of the Atlantic?

      • ncpride

        The first of my family was brought here as an indentured servant centuries ago, smart ass, and managed to survive it. We have been here ever since, and I have a relative who has fought and died in every single war for this country up to and including Vietnam. I have no intention of justifying my right to be here, or the sovereignty of the U.S with the likes of you.

        • /.murphy

          I am merely pointing out, name-caller, that if you wish to make any American’s right to be here tenuous, then you are making your right to be here tenuous as well. 😉

          • ncpride

            The millions of illegal aliens here now are NOT Americans, they are Mexican law breakers who have sneaked across the border, therefore there is no legitimate argument regarding their ‘right’ to be here. As for the millions of Europeans that came here at the turn of the century, they were invited and checked in at the gate.

          • /.murphy

            What about their kids who were born here? US law says they’re “natural-born citizens.”

            The speech delivered in Spanish was not pandering to illegal immigrants, who can’t vote. It was to Spanish-speaking Americans, of whom there are also MILLIONS.

            Why do you feel so threatened by people speaking a different language? If you don’t want to speak Spanish, then DON’T!

  • Hirschibold

    You apparently have never been in a combat environment. Without humor, you break down psychologically:

    “Even in these frightful moments, something droll could happen. A man
    next to me pulled his rifle to his cheek and pretended to shoot at a
    rabbit that suddenly came bounding through our lines. It all happened so
    abruptly, I had to laugh. Nothing is ever so terrible that some bold
    and amusing fellow can’t trump it.”

    -Ernst Junger, Storm of Steel

  • Guest

    More evidence of a completely broken immigration system.

  • mobilebay

    We have lot of problems facing this nation, as well as a lot of scandals, but the worst seems to be the invasion on our own soil by millions of third world people. Nothing else will matter if we are sold out and lose control of our nation. The saddest part is that our elected officials are standing with the enemy.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    What’s the topic again?

    Look brother… I admire yer spunk but we gotta keep our sense of humor, even in the grimmest of situations. Laugh at Ragnarok as it approaches and prepare to take your stand on dying ground, wherever and whenever fate and will decree. There is a time and season for all, including frat boy humor and defiant adolescent ribbing.

    As for me I bundle up all my rage, humiliation, despair, and hatred in the pit of my stomach and vomit it forth regularly in the form of humor. Considering the volume we’re talking about, you’d think I’d be funnier…

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    The United States is not currently under invasion by Russians, Germans or Italians. Speaking to the invaders from the floor of the Senate in their language should only be permitted if it is to say, “get out or you will be going home in a box.”

  • /.murphy

    I really got a laugh out of many of these ranting posts. My observation is that they are the thoughts of people who can speak only one language, and, based on the written evidence here, rather poorly at that. I hear a deep-seated fear of other languages and anything different. How pathetic…

    • Greg Thomas

      Yes, because most of the illegal invading mexicans cannot speak English. I get your point.

    • Greg Thomas

      I know what you mean. Most illegal invading Mexicans are too ignorant to learn English. Most cannot even speak proper Spanish. I guess Mexicans have a “deep-seated fear of other languages,” since they only speak Spanish on the floor of Mexico’s Congress. Funny how that works.

  • Greg Thomas

    This has nothing to do with “speaking more than one language.” This is about being invaded and slowly subverted by those invading.