how illegal immigration was viewed 100 years ago

26 07 2006

I recently came across this quote by former President Teddy Roosevelt.  Notice how he viewed illegal immigration and how it differs from today’s “politically correct” speech :

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. ~ Teddy Roosevelt, 1907

Things sure have changed, huh?

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26 07 2006
Fab

That sure blows away all the p.c. speak that adds prefixes to the word “American” like “African”, “Hispanic”, “Chinese”, “Latino”, “Anglo”, “Muslim”, etc. Teddy Roosevelt would be labeled an intolerant bigot by today’s left and media. He was right, though, because we are losing what it means to be an American and our allegiances are divided. “A house divided against itself will not stand.” Another famous man said that–Jesus Christ. Matthew 12:25

26 07 2006
MzMobo

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I learned it before I could even pronounce the words. Took it for granted each time I stood by my desk in school and stated it morning after morning. Now I read it in awe; never has it held more meaning. My allegiance stands.

I can’t remember where to attribute this statement, but I’ve heard it said, “let’s not turn the Statue of Liberty into another Tower of Babel.” The implements there are great. It’s said (truly) that electricity is America’s Achilles’ heel, but Fav, you’ve opened an enormous spiritual can of worms. Unity attacked. Divide and conquer.

Maybe now He’s saying, “if my people would only pray…”

26 07 2006
MzMobo

sorry…implications…it’s very late! 🙂

(although implements may not be so far off)

27 07 2006
Beppo

I think America’s Achilles’ heel is both electricity and oil. It’s amazing how many things are made with the use of oil in some form. And we have some big, greedy oil companies telling us we’ll never be free of them and there’s no use in trying. (Sure sounds like they’re trying to protect their profits.)

This P.C. mentality is causing us to not stand for anything, and that’s not good. Alexander Hamilton said, “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” A similar quote, by Bill Bernbach : “If you stand for something, you will always find some people for you and some against you. If you stand for nothing, you will find nobody against you and nobody for you.” A lot of politicians these days seem to stand for nothing (except their political party). I reckon their motive is to not offend anyone so no one is against them. And this gives “special interest” groups too much power, because the politician doesn’t want to offend them, even if they represent only a few thousand people (which isn’t many compared to the whole country).

What this country needs are leaders who will stand up for what’s right, regardless of what some of his/her opponents say. At least President Bush is trying… you have to give him credit for standing up for what he thinks is right. I respect him for that. And while he does make a few mistakes, so would all these people who are critical of him.

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