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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Press ONE for English

H/T: Correspondent BobL

Bob, a long-time friend and mentor sent this link in one of his recent emails. Listen to Ron and Kay Rivoli as the Rivoli Revue speak to your heart and politics.

Teddy Rooselvelt, quoted in the video, said several times, several ways, that coming to America was a privilege. Our doors are open. Do not come here to make us in your image. Come here that Ameica may make you into an AMERICAN. If you don't want to be an American, go somewhere else.


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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 man's becoming in very fact 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, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile ... 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

(Emphasis Added - Gene)

When I got to pokin' around the YouTube site, I found much more of their stuff that spoke to my heart.

God Bless Ya'll !

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1 comment:

Brigid said...

I'm working on a post about my grandparents who immigrated and who on arrival immediately learned English and became zealous citizens. As they arrived during TR's time, I may use that quote. Thank you for some fine points.

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