Theodore Roosevelt's Remarks on Being an American

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    The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic.

    This is exactly what happened.
     
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    In your sad little world, perhaps. *shrug*
     
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    I happen to agree. The change to reminding Americans they all came from some where else and creating the xxxxx-american was and is the worst thing this country EVER did. It works against creating harmony, it works against creating togetherness and a feeling of belonging to THIS Nation. It will continue to be a problem until someone stands up and says ENOUGH is ENOUGH.
     
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    Here's the thing. I never refer to myself as a hyphenate. I don't refer to anyone else as a hyphenate and neither do the people I know. I think activists tend to do that and they do it for their own purposes.

    But we also know what WJ stands for and what his agenda is. And that's what I was responding to. I think his brand of racial hatred is pathetic and it isn't anything that I come into contact with on any level in real life.
     
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    Starting in the 70's there was and continues to be a concerted effort to REMIND us all we are from some where else. It is devisive and dangerous. It has nothing to do with white supremists, it was and is a concerted effort by main stream political groups. Aided and abetted by Travel agencies in the hopes of attracting those divergent groups to travel "home" using said travel agencies.
     
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    But WJ's point had everything to do with racial separatism. And you know that, too.
     
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    The quote he cited is NOT about preventing people from coming to America, it ia about ensuring those that come learn they are Americans NOT XXX- Americans.
     
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    You're just being contrary. But assume you're right... how does he put together his views that the races should be separate with him moaning that we all don't live together nice and homogeneously?
     
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    When did this happen? I have not heard of people calling themselves German-Americans, French-Americans, Irish-Americans, etc. But I do see the problem Roosevelt warned about occurring in America today, with the Latinos, Muslims, etc. not being interested in integrating into the American culture. Is that what you had in mind?

    I certainly hope that our elected reps have some idea of the major problems that will be created if they permit this problem to remain unchallenged.
     

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