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Old 09-29-2006, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"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
Every American Citizen needs to read this!
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Another one of my favorite Roosevelt quotes:

"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:01 AM
 
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Evey--I had heard that quote before and always loved it.
Mark S--thanks for sharing that quote. I intend on passing it on!
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"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
Every American Citizen needs to read this!
Do you know why he said this? Because he could! Thats what Americans believed at the time. Both of my parents are first born generation Americans via Italy and Ireland. My grandparents came to this country with very little but skills, work ethics, the need to assimilate and the desire to become American citizens and it served them well. Unfortunately if Teddy Roosevelt were alive today I don't believe he would be leading this country but would get my vote anyway.
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:51 PM
 
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Hi Five, exhdo1! I was going to give you some reps for this post, but was told I have to spread them around first.
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:48 PM
 
Location: in my imagination
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Do you know why he said this? Because he could! Thats what Americans believed at the time. Both of my parents are first born generation Americans via Italy and Ireland. My grandparents came to this country with very little but skills, work ethics, the need to assimilate and the desire to become American citizens and it served them well. Unfortunately if Teddy Roosevelt were alive today I don't believe he would be leading this country but would get my vote anyway.
thankyou for this,some of these quotes I had not heard before.

yep,today one would be labeled a racist,uncaring because they are humans afterall,and would be called closeminded.

then again we live in a politically correct society that wouldn't vote for a president if he smoked cigarettes.
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"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
Every American Citizen needs to read this!

Every American Citizen needs to read it and live by it, or as Teddy said "isn't an American at all".
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I remember, not the quote, but the philosophy as I am a first generation American whose family did come in good faith, learned and spoke English and aligned themselves solely as Americans.

Can anyone quote or reference when it became acceptable to not speak English, or when the notion of acculturation was dismantled.

Curious!

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

"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
Every American Citizen needs to read this!
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Teddy Roosevelt also said,

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing as a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."

Another great quote, but I can't remember now who said it is:

"It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; it is a curse for a society to be bilingual."
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Orange County
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I guess nearly every country in Europe is cursed. Too bad for them and their strengthened Euro!
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