Who Said This and When?

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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 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."


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    Exactly..........
     
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    Any idea who said it, and when?
     
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    Teddy Roosevelt.
     
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    Teddy also said:

    "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

    Which is basically the only thing that goes on here.
     
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    Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

    Pretty insightful for 1907.
     
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    Yep. It was almost like he was a visionary, looking ahead to a time when a definition of "American" would be needed. Very apropos for today. Thanks for bringing the quote to the board.
     
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    English should be made the offical language of the U.S. .
     
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    I agree completely.
     
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    When Hispanics become the majority, which is inevitable considering breeding patterns, should English step aside in favor of Spanish? After all this is a democracy.

    Another question. When Hispanics are the majority, should English still be an official (albeit minority) language, or should the majority always define the only official language?

    Something to think about and not just hypothetical. These are decisions that will have to be made in the next few decades.
     

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