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The Wall of Shame

The people often don’t know which members of Congress sponsor certain important bills that they care about. So here is my wall of shame, for members of Congress who sponsored two of the most despicable bills that are now being pushed. Oh and for you Democrats, yeah one of yours made the list, see who!

First we have those who co-sponsored the amendment to ban gay marriage in the Senate, all of which are Republicans:

Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN]
Sen Allen, George [VA]
Sen Brownback, Sam [KS]
Sen Burns, Conrad R. [MT]
Sen Burr, Richard [NC]
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA]
Sen Coburn, Tom [OK]
Sen Cochran, Thad [MS]
Sen Cornyn, John [TX]
Sen Craig, Larry E. [ID]
Sen Crapo, Mike [ID]
Sen DeMint, Jim [SC]
Sen DeWine, Mike [OH]
Sen Dole, Elizabeth [NC]
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY]
Sen Frist, William H. [TN]
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT]
Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX]
Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK]
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA]
Sen Kyl, Jon [AZ]
Sen Lott, Trent [MS]
Sen Martinez, Mel [FL]
Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY]
Sen Roberts, Pat [KS]
Sen Santorum, Rick [PA]
Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL]
Sen Shelby, Richard C. [AL]
Sen Stevens, Ted [AK]
Sen Talent, Jim [MO]
Sen Thune, John [SD]
Sen Vitter, David [LA]

Now on to the second despicable bill, this one is in the House. It is H.R. 4408, entitled the National Language Act. This act seeks to make English the official language of the United States government, and make it where persons cannot request items from the government in any other language, it also would repeal key provisions in the Voting Rights Act. Here are the Representatives who have co-sponsored it:

Rep Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3] (R)
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (R)
Rep Brown-Waite, Ginny [FL-5] (R)
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] (R)
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] (R)
Rep Everett, Terry [AL-2] (R)
Rep Goode, Virgil H., Jr. [VA-5] (R)
Rep King, Steve [IA-5] (R)
Rep LaHood, Ray [IL-18] (R)
Rep LaTourette, Steve C. [OH-14] (R )
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] (R)
Rep Miller, Gary G. [CA-42] (R)
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] - (R)
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] (R)
Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (R)
Rep Taylor, Gene [MS-4] (D)
Rep Wicker, Roger F. [MS-1] (R)
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] (R)

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. So if you have any of these Representatives in your district or these Senators in your state do what you can to let people know that they are not what we need. Let's get each and every one of these wall of shamers out of Congress.

Posted by Richard Rhodes at June 8, 2006 11:16 PM
Comments
Comment #155866

‘This act seeks to make English the official language of the United States government,…’

This is dispicable?
What is your first language?

Posted by: bug at June 8, 2006 11:36 PM
Comment #155867

bug: English is my first language, but it is different to make it the official language of the United States government. Here is what I mean these quotes are pulled directly from the legislation itself:

“The Government of the United States shall conduct its official business in English, including publications, income tax forms, and informational materials.”

“Unless specifically stated in applicable law, no person has a right, entitlement, or claim to have the Government of the United States or any of its officials or representatives act, communicate, perform or provide services, or provide materials in any language other than English.”

“BILINGUAL ELECTION REQUIREMENTS- Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1973aa-1a) is repealed”

This is not about English being my first language or yours. This is Congress trying to make all those who do not speak English second class citizens. Moreover if you are a Democrat you should be enraged that a part of the Voting Rights Act is being repealed, this was one of the greatest acts passed under LBJ in the time of The Great Society.

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at June 8, 2006 11:44 PM
Comment #155872

if a voter cannot understand OR speak english then what is their vote based on??? looks? gender?? race?? whiter teeth and a brighter smile??

I get what you are saying.
I also agree that we cannot have numerous languages and people who are ‘catered’ to based on not being able to speak english. Does there have to be someone in EVERY public place who can speak every language on the planet being paid for with tax dollars?
There must be another way around this. Church based bi-lingual community centers? Volunteer services?

Posted by: bug at June 8, 2006 11:54 PM
Comment #155880

bug:

So you are against providing the Deaf/Mute Sign Language Interpreters, eh?

That’s the thing about making laws like this. It hits a lot more than you think. Its not just voting, you know.

Posted by: Aldous at June 9, 2006 12:08 AM
Comment #155887

So what’s wrong with having English as the official language? Or are y’all just mad because it Spanish wasn’t made the official language?
It’s about time we got an official language. Now we can get on with teaching our kids things they really need to know instead of worrying about how to communicate to students in 15 or 20 languages.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 9, 2006 12:35 AM
Comment #155893

Ron Brown:

There are legal implications here you don’t seem to recognize. Its not just schools and voting.

Like I said:
So you are against providing the Deaf/Mute Sign Language Interpreters, eh?

Better read the fine print before you sign on.

Posted by: Aldous at June 9, 2006 1:10 AM
Comment #155894

Thanks Aldous.

And also, the thing which scares me the most about this is that under this persons who do not speak English would not have a right to a trial in which they were given a translator. Think about what English only courts would be like for those who do not speak English, that is scary.

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at June 9, 2006 1:12 AM
Comment #155907

BTW, math is not English. Math as spoken is not even universal. See abacus still used today in the Eastern part of the world. So this law would require we spell out numbers in english? Going to waste a lot of paper and ASCII characters when discussing large numbers. I can see the court challenges on the math already. Math is a foreign language to about half of Americans already. So, by all means, let’s have a law that forces the government to produce all stats and budgets etc. in English. What a thud that lead baloon will make when hitting the courts.

Idiots in Congress seem to be growing in number. What are they really doing in those cloak rooms in the Capitol?

Posted by: David R. Remer at June 9, 2006 5:13 AM
Comment #155917

I have two (NC) from the first list, and I expect to see their names on the wall of shame once this comes to a vote.

Why are so many Americans so worried about Us vs THEM? We need laws to make US official. We need laws to keep them from being like US.

Do we need to start passing out “hairs charts” to help officials and good citizens seek out these “THEM” people?

Posted by: tony at June 9, 2006 6:44 AM
Comment #155919

You have to think about a piece of legislation, is there any point criminalising the offenders? So, is there any point in criminalising people for playing poker on line?

Posted by: Mat at June 9, 2006 7:26 AM
Comment #155923

Richard Rhodes,

Thank you for the list.
You gotta love these folks.
Pandering to the isolationalists,bigots and us Vs. them “Superpatriots.”
What the hell has happened to this country?
We’re so afraid of the rest of the world since 9/11, we ignore it, get irrationally angry at those people who are different and try to shut them out. Isolationists and those who need to divide this nation to maintain power are doing more damage than the terrorists.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at June 9, 2006 8:18 AM
Comment #155926

It’s about time we got away from those fruity European languages and embraced something truly American. I think the official language should be Navaho. It will be hard for everyone to learn it, but the effort will surely improve our moral character. Citizenship requires sacrifices, right?

Posted by: Woody Mena at June 9, 2006 8:27 AM
Comment #155951

tony,

Are you referring to the hippie days when businesses would post “Long Hair not welcome” Help Wanted signs?

Ron,

Do you actually want to stop teaching foreign languages in schools? Do you want to ban Spanish television too? No wonder the rest of the world laughs at us as stupid elitists whose time is coming.

Posted by: Dave at June 9, 2006 9:55 AM
Comment #155986

I am against the “Official Language” bill…not for many of the reasons stated here, but English is NOT what we speak. We speak American.

That, in itself, is a good reason to be against the bill.

It also leaves out Ebonics, Northeastern, Southern, Canadian, Australian, Midwestern and all the other sub-dialects of English.

In favor of the bill…most countries all over the world specify their “legal” language.

How far do you think you’d get in the Chinese court system filing your briefs in Russian? Or addressing the Japanese legislature in Romanian?

Having a “legal” language in the U.S. is not a bad thing. It just needs to be revised to make “American” and all of its sub-dialects the national language.

Posted by: Jim T at June 9, 2006 11:27 AM
Comment #156000

Dave -

No. I was referring to the hair color charts used by the Nazis to determine people’s heritage. If you matched the hair color sample for the Jews - the off you went…

Posted by: tony at June 9, 2006 11:56 AM
Comment #156011

Those who do not speak English ARE second class citizens by their own choice. It is hard to learn a language. I understand that. That is WHY we want people who come here to learn ours, so that we don’t need to use dozens of languages to conduct our lives.

This is in no way a bigoted bill. It makes sense for us to do official business in our language. People can speak what they want. It might be a good idea to speak their languages. If I had lots of Spanish speaking customers, I would learn the language. But we should be under no obligation to do so.

Posted by: Jack at June 9, 2006 12:32 PM
Comment #156016

Dave
The rest of the world laughs at us because we cater to every minority group that decides they need special treatment. Also they have an official language and I’ll bet that if you went to another country that your kids would have to learn the official language in order to make it in school. They wouldn’t be provided an English interpreter. Or a teacher that speaks English.
Teaching a foreign language isn’t the same as trying to teach 30 or 40 kids in 10 languages at the same time.

Aldous
Sigh language was developed for those that through no fault of their own can’t hear or speak. They can learn sign and communicate with others. I don’t have any problem with sign interpreters. What I have a problem with is interpreters for folks that can hear and speak but are either to lazy or stupid to learn the language of the country they’re living in.


BTW, I wouldn’t make it mandatory but I would support offering sign in school. Just like foreign languages.
I learned it as a kid because I have a deaf sister. But it’s helped me sense in other situations.
Lipreading is also interesting. You can tell what others are saying clean across the room as long as you can see their lips.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 9, 2006 12:45 PM
Comment #156018

I was able to read George one’s lips when he said ‘Read my lips, no new taxes’ They were actually saying no new taxes unless I get a chance to sign one into law.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 9, 2006 12:48 PM
Comment #156083

I support the concept of the Goverment making American English the offical language of America. I do agree that this bill is poorly written and should be ammended or scrapped though.

The amount of money being spent offering ballots and such in so many languages is staggering. Literacy is not a requirement to vote, people that don’t read are able to get the ballot choices before hand and have someone help them identify the voting choices. I don’t see this as much different than what’s being proposed - its not to deny voting from people that don’t speak English but instead to make it a pain in the ass for them and to encourage them to learn the language that their neighbors and politicians speak… I don’t see that as wrong necessarily. Making it easy for people to never learn the common language of the country - and having taxpayers foot the bill does bother me, we are running huge deficits here.

But, this bill does seem more dangerous than helpful, it has to be reasonable - I agree that in a court of law we have to still provide interpreters for the innocent until proven guilty people being a accused of a crime.

Posted by: redlenses at June 9, 2006 3:13 PM
Comment #156132

Watchblog Editors:
Why won’t you allow me editorial comment?

Posted by: jblym at June 9, 2006 6:04 PM
Comment #156148


We have such an undisputible challenge trying to understand each other when we speak the same language. I feel that ability to communicate is each individuals personal responsibility. I can’t imagine walking into another persons home and insisting that they find someone who can translate english into thier language. In that situation it would be my responsibility. I would also go so far as to say that if I found myself in trouble and didn’t know enough of the language to get myself out, it would only happen once. No one is born with a mastery of their native language. We learn it to get along in the world. As progressive as it may sound to have everything available in every language, it does nothing to perpetuate human to human communication.

Posted by: DOC at June 9, 2006 6:57 PM
Comment #156172

It is important to encourage imigrants to this country to learn english if they want citizenship because it helps grease the wheels of discourse and commerce. However there is no doubt that this bill is bigoted and deliberately aimed at depriving predominately Democrat hispanic voters from voting. It is an attempt to help steal all future elections for the Repubs. They should just pass a pole tax for the subhuman mud people and be done with it and stop all of this slimey beating around the bush… er… is it Bush… er… does Bush have the brains of a bush?

Posted by: Ray Guest at June 9, 2006 8:35 PM
Comment #156177

And of course the other bill… i was too busy ranting about this one… It appears that the Repubs plan for reelection this midterm is bigotry. exclude the hispanics then target gays and bring the closeted gay conservative fagaphobes to the polls in droves.

Posted by: Ray Guest at June 9, 2006 8:54 PM
Comment #156182

Press 1 to proceed in English.
Press 2 for deportation.
Problem solved.

Posted by: Duano at June 9, 2006 9:53 PM
Comment #156197

Jim T,

How far do you think you’d get in the Chinese court system filing your briefs in Russian? Or addressing the Japanese legislature in Romanian?
Unlike Chna and Japan, we are a nation of immigrants.

Posted by: ElliottBay at June 9, 2006 11:14 PM
Comment #156199

I find it interesting that essentially every comment was focused towards the bill seeking to make English the official language and no attention was paid to those who sponsored the bigoted amendment to try to ban gay marriage altogether.

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at June 9, 2006 11:18 PM
Comment #156206

Richard Rhodes
That’s because the marriage amendment is dead in the water. I failed the in Senate and I doubt it’ll get passed the house. And even if Congress did pass it and Bush signed it the states would still have to ratify it. And it just ain’t gonna get 38 states.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 9, 2006 11:56 PM
Comment #156224

Ron Brown: That is not the point at all, yes I know the marriage amendment is dead in the water. But, the purpose of this post was to shame those who would dare sponsor such legislation. To let those who are in their state to know about this. To let those who are in their state, or district, to begin to work to get every wall of shamer out of office. I didn’t mean this to be necessarily a statement on the two pieces of legislation, yet obviously it is in a way, but instead to shame those who sponosered these two pieces of legislation.

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at June 10, 2006 2:07 AM
Comment #156268

Declaring any language official will be about as effective as declaring person crossing our borders without permission and illegal alien.

Seriously, doesn’t congress have anything better to do?

I really believe all these less important (some stupid) issues are a distraction from the fact that our congress is completely incompetent.

But we keep re-electing them, so I guess we’re getting what we deserve.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 10, 2006 12:14 PM
Comment #156269

BTW, that list of 50 names above on the wall of shame should list far more names. About 485 more (i.e. 485 + 50 = 535).

Posted by: d.a.n at June 10, 2006 12:18 PM
Comment #156294

Voters belong on that Wall of Shame too, since they keep re-electing the very same incumbents that keep screwing them over. Voters are wearings “Kick Me” signs on their back, and incumbent politicians are only too happy to oblige.

And I am so sick of the partisan bickering.
Both parties are corrupt, and any differences are totally irrelevant, since both are so selfish and corrupt. The “In-Party” is usually only a little more corrupt, but both just take turns fillin’ their own pockets.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 10, 2006 3:33 PM
Comment #156298

I hate Mike DeWine. His recent waffling on things such as ANWR had me on track to leave my vote for Senator blank in November. However, because of you, I just found out DeWine sponsored the Amendment to ban gay marriage, so now he gets my vote. That’s right, if my Reps or Sens get on your “wall of shame” they automatically get my vote!!! Mike DeWine can thank YOU for at least one vote.

Posted by: Duano at June 10, 2006 3:49 PM
Comment #156308

Duano,
You hate a guy, but will vote for him only because he voted to ban gay marraige?
How about voting for an non-incumbent instead ?

Posted by: d.a.n at June 10, 2006 4:57 PM
Comment #156311

I can’t vote for his left wing, communist opponent, Sherrod Brown. If the Dems would EVER put up an honest, responsible candidate maybe I would consider voting Democrat, but Joe Lieberman isn’t from Ohio. Neither is Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

Posted by: Duano at June 10, 2006 5:19 PM
Comment #156328

Aldous,

We usually only have interpreters that know American Sign Language, which is very different than even the British version. It makes sense to have a common base language and not knowing english is different than having a disablity, so your argument is false.

It is about personal choice.

Posted by: Justin at June 10, 2006 6:18 PM
Comment #156401

Not having read these two bills I don’t know if these specific bills are good or bad but on principle I commend the people you’ve listed for their courage in taking a stand for our American culture.

Posted by: traveller at June 11, 2006 12:10 AM
Comment #156412

To traveller and anyone else who says something like this:

“Not having read these two bills I don’t know if these specific bills are good or bad”

Please, please visit http://thomas.loc.gov/ you can look up and read any piece of current legislation here. It is a fabulous resource.

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at June 11, 2006 1:02 AM
Comment #156461

What is the legal language in the Philipines??
and how many countries use that same language??

Posted by: steve at June 11, 2006 10:10 AM
Comment #156505

Richard Rhodes,
Thanks for the info on the “Thomas” site. You’re right, it is a great resource.

Now that I’ve read both bills I commend their sponsors in principle and in fact.

Posted by: traveller at June 11, 2006 12:25 PM
Comment #156837

So, are we going to remove all of the signs in the street, highway, exterior and interior of public places, etc. that portray an object with a circle around it and a line drawn across such as to indicate No Smokng or, a picture of a bed with a person sleeping on it to indicate Motel. How about a circled out exit door that says Use as Fire Exit Only.

Posted by: steve smith at June 12, 2006 4:47 PM
Comment #157170

Well, We need to make English the official language. And whoever is against it needs to step back and think. Use that head other than a hat rack. AS for the lisbians and fags who in hell cares what they do.
Fred
www.fredwilkesblogspot.com

Posted by: Fred Wilkes at June 13, 2006 11:06 AM
Comment #157505

Traveller: Although you read the legislation off the Thomas site and came up to a completely different conclusion than I did, in that you support it while I oppose it, I still want to say that I am glad you checked out the Thomas website because it is such a great resource

Posted by: Richard Rhodes at June 14, 2006 5:29 AM
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