Those who do not pay attention to those who have gone before us are bound to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors — and Teddy Roosevelt has some commentary on today and that has Trump fans cheering.
He made a powerful point about the necessity for assimilation of immigrants into American culture, not unlike current presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“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,” Roosevelt said.
It makes sense — if a group is going to live with another culture, they are beholden to the host group not to threaten the integrity of their culture.
He went on to say that those people, if they do so, should be “treated on an exact quality with everyone else,” and called discrimination against any man trying to assimilate because of race, creed or national origin a travesty.
The condition there is crucial, though, and the part that liberals seem to be forgetting: “This is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American.” In other words, forsaking the land from whence they came to take part in the American dream.
Not forsaking that land can lead to compromise — as it is often said, no man can serve two masters.
He ended with a wonderful ‘Merica moment — “We have room for but one flag, the American flag.”
I think we can all say “amen” to that.
H/T Gary Lee Walters
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