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Obama flames reconquista at Hispanic Caucus, gets history, Declaration of Independence wrong

Just over two years ago and as discussed here and almost nowhere else, Barack Obama flamed reconquista sentiments. Speaking at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event recently he did it again. He also got history wrong and left "by their Creator" out of the Declaration of Independence.

On the video at peekURL.com/vrbi8hy Obama says:

...long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. From British to French, to Dutch and Spanish - to Mexican - to countless Indian tribes, we all shared the same land. We didn't always get along, but over the centuries what eventually bound us all together, what made us all Americans, was not a matter of blood, it wasn't a matter of birth, it was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear... We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights, life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that's what makes us unique, that's what makes us strong.

1. A loud cheer goes up when he says "to Mexican". If he attended events put on by the British, the French, or the Dutch, can anyone imagine such a cheer? Of course not. The latter two groups have no national sentiment that they have a rightful claim on U.S. territory, and the same is true of popular national sentiment in England. (No doubt many British elites still think of us as a colony and try to influence our policies, but that's not the same as thinking they have territorial claims). If Obama said the same thing in Spain he might get a different reaction, and he certainly got a reaction when playing to Mexican irredentist sentiments. One of those "shared values" is a belief in the territorial integrity of the U.S., something that Obama to a certain extent doesn't share.

2. The U.S. was an idea in the late 1700s, and at that time Mexico didn't exist: it was a Spanish colony called "New Spain". Some of their territory became part of U.S. territory, but those inhabiting it weren't "Mexicans", they were Spanish or Indians under Spanish control.

3. The "didn't always get along" part sounds more like a children's TV show with an Important Life Lesson. Various countries had various claims over parts of what's now the U.S., but we hold that territory now even if Obama has come close to not recognizing that. And, most of the citizens of the U.S. are descendants of more recent immigrants and not of, say, foreign citizens who left after the territory they inhabited became part of the U.S.

4. He left "by their Creator" out of his recitation of the Declaration of Independence at the end; whether that was by design or what isn't clear. It's also "unalienable" and not "inalienable", so perhaps there was just a Teleprompter malfunction.

Sun, 09/19/2010 - 11:35 · Importance: 4