For The Immigration Protesters

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

2 Responses to “For The Immigration Protesters”

  1. “We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language …”

    Amen, brother.
    I couldn’t have said it better myself.
    Then again, I think you know where I stand on this issue…

    ~m

    Teddy said it all. His words are as apt today as they were in his day. – Pure Evyl

  2. I’ll second that. Where are the Teddy Rosevelts of today? Certainly on the endangered species list. I especially hate the hyphenation obsession – Muslim-Americans (muslims aren’t a country are they?), Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Arab-Americans, et al. Interesting, you never hear people calling themselves Protesant-Americans, Catholic-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, Canadian-Americans, etc. It’s like the country has subdivided into little self-contained countries of their own. Call me crazy, but I like America because it’s America not because I can create my own little sub-culture here.
    WC

    Well said. Maybe that is one problem today. The hyphenization of America. – Pure Evyl

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