Thirty Three U.S. Senators Voted Against Making English the Official Language of the United States- Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The forwarded email is in the form of a letter from “Colonel Harry Riley USA ret” criticizing 33 Senators for voting against making English the official language of the U.S.
The Comprehensive Immigration and Reform Act of 2007 (S1348) was introduced to the Senate by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada on May 9, 2007 but the bill never made it past the legislative process. The bill contained 351 proposed amendments. One of these amendments, S.Amdt. 1151 by Sen. Inhofe [R-OK], would have declared English as the official language of the United States Government, not the nation. The amendment was proposed on May 22, 2007, accepted: Jun 6, 2007 and on the same day Amendment SA 1151 was agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 64 – 33.
It its final form, the S.1348 bill was never voted on by the Senate so it isn’t accurate to say that the “no” votes of the Senators was about making English the official language of the United States. Their opposition could have been to other aspects of the legislation.
The quotation at the end of the forwarded emaill was not by Abraham Lincoln. According to a February 16, 2007 news story in the Washington Post the quotation was taken from a article written by J. Michael Waller in the December 2003 edition of Insight magazine.
33 Senators Voted Against English as America’s Official Language June 6, 2007
On Wed, 6 Jun 2007 23:35:23 -0500,
“Colonel Harry Riley USA ret” wrote:
Your vote against an amendment to the Immigration Bill 1348, to make English America’s official language is astounding. On D-Day no less when we honor those that sacrificed in order to secure the bedrock character and principles of America. I can only surmise your vote reflects a loyalty to illegal aliens.
I don’t much care where you come from, what your religion is, whether you’re black, white or some other color, male or female, democrat, republican or independent, but I do care when you’re a United States Senator, representing citizens of America and vote against English as the official language of the United States.
Your vote reflects betrayal, political surrender, violates your pledge of allegiance, dishonors historical principle, rejects patriotism, borders on traitorous action and, in my opinion, makes you unfit to serve as a United States Senator… impeachment, recall, or other appropriate action is warranted.
Worse, 4 of you voting against English as America’s official language are presidential candidates: Senator Biden, Senator Clinton, Senator Dodd, and Senator Obama.
Those 4 Senators vying to lead America but won’t or don’t have the courage to cast a vote in favor of English as America’s official language when 91% of American citizens want English officially designated as our language.
This is the second time in the last several months this list of Senators have disgraced themselves as political hacks… unworthy as Senators and certainly unqualified to serve as President of the United States.
If America is as angry as I am, you will realize a back-lash so stunning it will literally rock you out of your panties… and preferably, totally out of the United States Senate.
The entire immigration bill is a farce… your action only confirms this really isn’t about America; it’s about self-serving politics… despicable at best.
“Never argue with an idiot; they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ~ anonymous
The following senators voted against making English the official language of America:
Biden (D-DE) Wants to be President?
Clinton (D-NY) Wants to be President?
Dodd (D-CT) Wants to be President?
Domenici (R-NM) Coward, protecting his Senate seat…
Feingold (D-WI) Not unusual for him
Kerry (D-MA) Wanted to be President
Lieberman (D-CT) Disappointment here…..
Obama (D-IL) Wants to be President?
Reid (D-NV) Senate Majority Leader
“Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.”
~ President Abraham Lincoln ” Amen ”