Wednesday, May 03, 2006

No Room for 50-50 Allegiance

Two variations of the following have shown up in the inbox today, one from a Democrat, the other from a Republican. The thoughts are culled from a letter written by Theodore Roosevelt shortly before his death.

"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."

Shall we start those free, open, and guaranteed ICE-free English lessons in every village and town across America? Shall we insist that the immigrants come out from the shadows, make themselves known to us, and learn how to communicate with us? The debate is not over yet. In the meantime, those who support amnesty could prove that it is their goal to help these persons become Americans by teaching the fundamentals of citizenship.


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