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Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an American – January 3, 1919

“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. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as 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 for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul[sic] loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

This quote made the rounds as an e-mail a while back and I hadn’t gotten around to sharing it.  Well, I finally got around to researching it and just needed to correct a couple minor mistakes so that it be taken in the proper context.  First, the quote is NOT from a 1907 speech made by Roosevelt while still in office.  The text actually comes from a letter he wrote in 1919 just days before his death.  I also restored a couple lines that had been edited out.  If you would like to see the original document from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, it can be viewed here.

During my research on this I found some other quotes by Teddy Roosevelton along similar lines.  Here are a couple.

“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it.  Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back.  He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here.  He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend on his knowing English and observing American standards.  the employer cannot be permitted to regard him only as an industrial asset.

We must in every way possible encourage the immigrant to rise, help him up, give him a chance to help himself.  If we try to carry him he may well prove not well worth carrying.  We must in turn insist upon his showing the same standard of fealty to this country and to join us in raising the level of our common American citizenship.”

Excerpted from a speach by former President Roosevelt from The New York Times of February 2, 1916.

“I appeal to all our citizens no matter what land their forefathers came from, to keep this ever in mind, and to shun with scorn and contempt the sinister intrigues and mischiefmakers who would seek to divide them along lines of creed, or birthplace or of national origin…  The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself by the use of the hyphen and along the lines of national origin is certain to breed a spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens.  If some citizens band together as German-Americans or Irish-Americans, then after a while others are certain to band together as English-Americans or Scandanavian-Americans, and every such banding together, means down at the bottom an effort against the interest of straight-out American citizenship, an effort to bring into our nation the bitter Old World rivalries and jealousies and hatreds.”

Memorial Day speech by former President Roosevelt from The Washington Post of June 1, 1916.

Now, I am not a big fan of either Roosevelt.  But Teddy, despite being the first progressive president, was still able to recognize the exceptional nature of America and that it needed to be protected from enemies both foreign and domestic.

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Lost and Found – June 2nd Edition

What to remember about June 2nd…

  • 1692  Bridget Bishop is 1st person to go before the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts; she will be hanged June 10th
  • 1774  Parliament renews Quartering Act; forces colonists to allow British troops to stay in private homes
  • 1865  Last Confederate army surrenders at Galveston, Texas
  • 1886  President Grover Cleveland marries 21-year-old Frances Folsom at the White House; she is the youngest American First Lady
  • 1919  Anarchists set off 8 bombs targeting public figures in favor of anti-sedition laws and deportation of criminal immigrants
  • 1924  President Coolidge signs Indian Citizenship Act; all native Americans born inside U.S. territories granted citizenship
  • 1935  After 22 seasons, 10 World Series, and 714 home runs, George Herman “Babe” Ruth retires from baseball
  • 1953  Elisabeth Alexandra Mary is crowned Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1966  NASA’s Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becomes 1st U.S. spacecraft to soft land on an extraterrestrial body
  • 1997  Domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh is convicted in Denver, Colorado for bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995
  • 1998  California ballot proposition 227 passes 61-39%; abolishes bi-lingual education in favor of English-only immersion
  • 2007  Illegal immigrant Alexis Flores is placed on FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for kidnapping, rape and murder of five-year-old girl in Philadelphia – dirtbag is still at-large

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an American – January 3, 1919

“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. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as 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 for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul[sic] loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

This quote made the rounds as an e-mail a while back and I hadn’t gotten around to sharing it.  Well, I finally got around to researching it and just needed to correct a couple minor mistakes so that it be taken in the proper context.  First, the quote is NOT from a 1907 speech made by Roosevelt while still in office.  The text actually comes from a letter he wrote in 1919 just days before his death.  I also restored a couple lines that had been edited out.  If you would like to see the original document from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, it can be viewed here.

During my research on this I found some other quotes by Teddy Roosevelton along similar lines.  Here are a couple.

“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it.  Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back.  He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here.  He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend on his knowing English and observing American standards.  the employer cannot be permitted to regard him only as an industrial asset.

We must in every way possible encourage the immigrant to rise, help him up, give him a chance to help himself.  If we try to carry him he may well prove not well worth carrying.  We must in turn insist upon his showing the same standard of fealty to this country and to join us in raising the level of our common American citizenship.”

Excerpted from a speach by former President Roosevelt from The New York Times of February 2, 1916.

“I appeal to all our citizens no matter what land their forefathers came from, to keep this ever in mind, and to shun with scorn and contempt the sinister intrigues and mischiefmakers who would seek to divide them along lines of creed, or birthplace or of national origin…  The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself by the use of the hyphen and along the lines of national origin is certain to breed a spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens.  If some citizens band together as German-Americans or Irish-Americans, then after a while others are certain to band together as English-Americans or Scandanavian-Americans, and every such banding together, means down at the bottom an effort against the interest of straight-out American citizenship, an effort to bring into our nation the bitter Old World rivalries and jealousies and hatreds.”

Memorial Day speech by former President Roosevelt from The Washington Post of June 1, 1916.

Now, I am not a big fan of either Roosevelt.  But Teddy, despite being the first progressive president, was still able to recognize the exceptional nature of America and that it needed to be protected from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Lost and Found – June 2nd Edition

What to remember about June 2nd…

  • 1692  Bridget Bishop is 1st person to go before the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts; she will be hanged June 10th
  • 1774  Parliament renews Quartering Act; forces colonists to allow British troops to stay in private homes
  • 1865  Last Confederate army surrenders at Galveston, Texas
  • 1886  President Grover Cleveland marries 21-year-old Frances Folsom at the White House; she is the youngest American First Lady
  • 1919  Anarchists set off 8 bombs targeting public figures in favor of anti-sedition laws and deportation of criminal immigrants
  • 1924  President Coolidge signs Indian Citizenship Act; all native Americans born inside U.S. territories granted citizenship
  • 1935  After 22 seasons, 10 World Series, and 714 home runs, George Herman “Babe” Ruth retires from baseball
  • 1953  Elisabeth Alexandra Mary is crowned Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1966  NASA’s Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becomes 1st U.S. spacecraft to soft land on an extraterrestrial body
  • 1997  Domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh is convicted in Denver, Colorado for bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995
  • 1998  California ballot proposition 227 passes 61-39%; abolishes bi-lingual education in favor of English-only immersion
  • 2007  Illegal immigrant Alexis Flores is placed on FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for kidnapping, rape and murder of five-year-old girl in Philadelphia – dirtbag is still at-large

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an American – January 3, 1919

“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. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as 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 for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul[sic] loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

This quote made the rounds as an e-mail a while back and I hadn’t gotten around to sharing it.  Well, I finally got around to researching it and just needed to correct a couple minor mistakes so that it be taken in the proper context.  First, the quote is NOT from a 1907 speech made by Roosevelt while still in office.  The text actually comes from a letter he wrote in 1919 just days before his death.  I also restored a couple lines that had been edited out.  If you would like to see the original document from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, it can be viewed here.

During my research on this I found some other quotes by Teddy Roosevelton along similar lines.  Here are a couple.

“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it.  Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back.  He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here.  He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend on his knowing English and observing American standards.  the employer cannot be permitted to regard him only as an industrial asset.

We must in every way possible encourage the immigrant to rise, help him up, give him a chance to help himself.  If we try to carry him he may well prove not well worth carrying.  We must in turn insist upon his showing the same standard of fealty to this country and to join us in raising the level of our common American citizenship.”

Excerpted from a speach by former President Roosevelt from The New York Times of February 2, 1916.

“I appeal to all our citizens no matter what land their forefathers came from, to keep this ever in mind, and to shun with scorn and contempt the sinister intrigues and mischiefmakers who would seek to divide them along lines of creed, or birthplace or of national origin…  The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself by the use of the hyphen and along the lines of national origin is certain to breed a spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens.  If some citizens band together as German-Americans or Irish-Americans, then after a while others are certain to band together as English-Americans or Scandanavian-Americans, and every such banding together, means down at the bottom an effort against the interest of straight-out American citizenship, an effort to bring into our nation the bitter Old World rivalries and jealousies and hatreds.”

Memorial Day speech by former President Roosevelt from The Washington Post of June 1, 1916.

Now, I am not a big fan of either Roosevelt.  But Teddy, despite being the first progressive president, was still able to recognize the exceptional nature of America and that it needed to be protected from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Voter ID Is Racist

… but not in Mexico.

From the Mexican Standard on requirements to vote in Mexican national elections:

Mexico voting laws

And for Mexican nationals just to enter Mexico (from Migratory Act May 25th 2011):

Mexicans will provide evidence of their nationality using one of the following:

I. Passport;

II. Citizenship identification card (cédula de identidad cuidadana) or personal

identification card (cédula de identidad personal), or its equivalent;

III. Certified copy of birth certificate;

IV. Consular identification card (matrícula consular);

V. Certificate of naturalization; or

VI. Certificate of Mexican citizenship.

 

State Of The Union Post Script – Firearms

Found in the wilds of the “inner-webs”:

Undocumented firearms

President Obama Lays Off 800,000 American Workers

Welcome to Republica del Norte – the Republic of the North.  El Presidente Obama has decided to cede the health, prosperity, and sovereignty of the citizens of the United States of America for the support of foreign interests and fraudulent votes.  On Friday, the administration announced that least 800,000 illegal immigrants will soon find themselves sheltered from the constitutionally enacted laws of the U.S through executive order.  They will be free of the threat of deportation.  They will be free take the jobs and to use the services and support of taxpayer-funded student loans, housing assistance, welfare, and more.  All of this at the expense of Americans that have paid for and are in need of these same resources.

I don’t care what country you came from.  If you want to be a citizen of the United States and to enjoy the benefits thereof, you had better follow the law.  If government is going to subsidize workers or students (we can debate the merits of those programs another time), shouldn’t the beneficiaries of those programs be Americans – or at least lawful residents of this country?  Your arguments about these undocumented workers being here unintentionally or “through no fault of their own” are pathetic.  Once you are old enough to understand that you are breaking the law and you decide to continue to do it, then you have decided to be a criminal.

But what does this policy shift tell us about El Presidente’s feelings about his own chances for reelection?  Does this mean that his confidence in the turnout amongst recent college graduates facing massive unemployment is not so high?  Does the Panderer-in-Chief feel that enough “no ID required” voters will make up for the apathy and disheartenment across his base?  Have the focus groups revealed that “blame it on Bush” carries less weight with every passing day?  What this fickle reversal of President Obama’s previously stated position on amnesty through executive fiat reveals is that political opportunism is the true theme of his reelection campaign.

With over 20 million Americans among the unemployed, 800,000 more workers vying for the same jobs, retraining programs, and educational opportunities will only make things worse for the citizens of this country.  More applicants per job means employers will be able to pay less to those finally hired.  More applicants for programs already strapped for cash will mean a smaller percentage of those in need will be serviced without large increases in deficit spending.  More applicants for higher demand for educational opportunities will result in inflation of already overpriced educational services.  Where, other than the ballot box, does the president see this new policy helping America?  Perhaps his reelection campaign is not raising enough from it’s $40,000 per plate “Sex in the City” fundraisers.  Perhaps an influx of cash from Reconquista support groups like La Raza (The Race) and MEChA (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán) will bolster his push to inflict himself on the freedom and prosperity loving citizens of America for four more years.

Or are the consequences of this policy actually intended?  Does the President hope that, by forcing even more American citizens to become dependent on government assistance in this ever more dismal economy, voters will choose security over freedom?  God help us if they do.

Representative Allen West (R-FL) has much more to say on the President’s latest usurpation of power and disregard for the Constitution.  It is well worth the read.

Alabama Racist Against… Germans?

So there has been a lot of hullabaloo in recent months about states passing their own immigration enforcement legislation.  Court cases are in place in many states with the Justice Department suing those states for having the temerity to try to curb illegal immigration with laws that mirror federal law.  (head now hurts)  Activists and race-baiters across the land have lambasted these states and the lawmakers responsible for the legislation.  Terms like bigot, racist, fascist, and Nazi have been bandied about in the liberal mass media without any supporting evidence.

Well, today the proof is in the police blotter.  Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama have revealed themselves and the racial profiling, neo-fascists they are.  Wednesday night a vehicle was pulled over by Tuscaloosa police for having no tag.  When the driver of the rental car could not produce his driver’s license, he was arrested and taken to jail.  This is a blatant case of racism.  Why else would the police detain this poor hispanic German businessman?  Could it be because the police were enforcing a law that requires that police check citizenship status during all traffic stops?  Could it be said that he was taken to jail because the law states that those without proper identification be taken before a magistrate?

Fortunately for this manager from the local Mercedes-Benz plant just outside Tuscaloosa, an associate was able to fabricate steal retrieve his passport and drivers license and secure his release.  I guess justice prevailed THIS time.  But, this blatant violation of human rights must be squelched now before that cancer spreads.  Who knows, these haters might try to enforce even more laws… maybe even ones about insider trading by career politicians.

Immigration and the American Nightmare

Immigration has always been part of the story of America.  The pioneers and founders of America were all immigrants to this land.  They gave up their jobs, left families behind, and stepped into a vast unknown wilderness for the chance at a better life.  As the frontiers pushed back and civilization began to flourish, even more adventurous souls took sail for the New World and the opportunity for freedom and prosperity it gave.  The spirit of these immigrants was one dedicated to hard work and sacrifice in exchange for their shot at a better life for themselves and their children.

When the tyrannical rule of European elites sought to squash the efforts that had borne fruit here, a revolution was fought and won at great cost.  Many of our forefathers lost their fortunes, their families, and even their lives to protect the freedoms that they now knew were their right.

Recognizing that this spirit still existed in the broader world, America sought to entice more like-minded people to settle here.  We had a great expanse of land not only to settle but to protect.  As a nation we wanted the fresh ideas and hopeful energy of new immigrants that would risk all to become free and have a chance at prosperity.  In this way, our nation would remain true to its founding and remain a “shining city on a hill”.

However, like so many other parts of American culture, immigration has been corrupted for political ends.  The left preaches sustainability and conservation yet seeks to “collapse the system” with an unlimited influx of people who will overwhelm our infrastructure and economy.  They hope to buy the votes of grateful masses that would never have taken an actual risk to come here.  The left encourages these people to remain a separate, balkanized, hyphenated block instead of assimilating and embracing the culture of the greatest nation on Earth.  President Theodore Roosevelt warned that “Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.”

I encourage you to take a couple of minutes to watch this video by Roy Beck on immigration and the unsustainable path we have embarked on.  The future of our nation is very much at stake.