24 November 2007

Quote for the day

"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 every-one 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

2 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

The original immigrants speak their native language, their children speak a little less and speak more American (and that's is what we speak in the USA), and the grandchildren of the original immigrants speak exclusively American. It's been documented time and time again. So if you are scared that all those brown people are going to ruin this country with their Spanish, your fears are unfounded. It didn't happen with the Germans, or the Italians, or the Chinese, or the Japanese, and it won't happen with the Mexicans.

25 November, 2007 13:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

The original immigrants speak their native language, their children speak a little less and speak more American (and that's is what we speak in the USA), and the grandchildren of the original immigrants speak exclusively American.

True (aside from the bizarre apparent claim that "American" is a different language from English), but the relevance of this to the quote escapes me. If you're referring to my objection to illegal aliens, that's based on a great deal more than the issue of language.

If the reference to "brown people" is an insinuation that objections to illegal immigration are based on racism, I've pointed out repeatedly that this is not so, certainly in my own case. Accusing illegal-immigration opponents of racism is merely name-calling in order to evade the real issues. And since we know we aren't racists, it doesn't intimidate us -- it just makes us angrier.

25 November, 2007 14:09  

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