Sunday, January 28, 2007

Immigration


"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 comments:

allbilly said...

I'd like to think that in 100 years, we as a society, would have evolved...just a little bit.

I totally disagree with what I believe is the underlying premise of this post.

Lon said...

I absolutely agree with the original post IF, by being an American we mean:
1. We recognize that we are a blending pot of all nations and races.
2. We have a special obligation of tolerance, fairness, and generosity to all the peoples of the world, whether within or without our physical borders.
3. We understand that throughout the history of our land we have often failed to live up to our ideals, but this fact should not diminish our dedication to our ideals.
4. We know that at times, as a nation, we have been exemplary. At other times we have acted shamefully.
5. We understand that much of the world hates our politics and policies; sometimes for good reasons, sometimes not. Hating back is not an acceptable or productive reaction.