Friday, October 12, 2007

I AGREE!

"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.",,,,, President Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

7 comments:

Brent said...

ABSOLUTELY!!! I may have to expand on this at my blog.

Southern to the bone. said...

Amen, and amen.

cassie-b said...

1907 - and still good thoughts.
Cas
I'll have to show this one to Don

T*mmy said...

Ol' Teddy would probably twirl in his grave if he saw what was going on now...

Mr. Fabulous said...

Teddy was pretty smart, wasn't he?

Anonymous said...

I think that the people who are becoming American citizens should be able to speak American English, but also speak their own language.

DH Scott

smileymamaT said...

this is interesting, and I can't agree or disagree, only because I'm an Amercian but living in Canada and so I've never become a Canadaian citizen (just a legal resident), but still feel American at heart..and have learned to speak both French and English pretty much everywhere I go...so it's just sort of another way of looking at this statement, I guess? (first time visitor to your blog by the way and I really enjoyed reading it, so thought I'd say hello!)
:) T