"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."
President Roosevelt's words speak to commitment and unity. Not optional expectation to it, but loyalty required of anyone that is joined in the American tapestry. Contrast this to what the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue says as he floods the country with divisiveness.
While said a long time ago, Roosevelt's words are not tired and old. I submit those that find fault with them, no matter what their citizenship standing is, have no place in our country.
So what do I mean by have no place here? I mean they can go anywhere they like, but they cannot stay here. If they are already an American citizen they can leave that at the door on their way out.
Standing for America is a good thing, and for one I am tired of hearing of politicians and so-called activists bad mouthing her.
You are not an Islamophobe or racist for expecting people to obey the law. You are not a hater if you feel one language, and that being English, is in our country's best interest.
I feel most in our country have no problem with those that come here legally and assimilate.
As a nation and a people we are the sum of our collective contributions and experiences. It is the true power of diversity. One people united in principal and purpose.
My guess is if you ask most that come to our shores why they came, it was to get a job to be able to take care of their family. Many others would share they had to leave where they were because someone was trying to kill them.
It is not the immigrant we should fear, it is those using them for personal and or political advantage that damage our country and way of life.
Those that truly hate what America represents would shred the U.S. Constitution in an attempt to change and transform our country. They could care less about those that come here, legal or otherwise.
So the question is transform and change to what?
If you ask this of the transformers all they have for you is what they want, how they or their ancestors were unjustly treated, and what their demands are. They never get to what transformed looks like once they get us there.
Transform is code, just like the words progressive, and liberal. Those that conspire now openly state their intent is to take care of the people by way of the government controlling and owning everything.
Their idea is neither new nor innovative. Marxist doctrine and The Communist Manifesto lay it all out. It is all very clear.
Alienation and exploitation are tenants to divide the populous. The influence of this in our country today includes antagonized heightened radical tension, and agitated hostility against the police. Other examples include the IRS and EPA targeting those that speak out.
The common template includes: indoctrination of children; Common Core, the control of health care; Affordable Healthcare Act, the monitoring of citizens; Patriot Act are but a few examples.
Another is the government, for the people's safety, seizing citizens' weapons.
Where this has been done before, the poor, disenfranchised, the refugee, and immigrant have not made out well. By the tens of millions many became very dead.
To see the truth of this one only has to read of the lessons of the past. But who reads anymore?
A better America will not be found in whom we do not accept, it will be found in what we do not accept.
President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was, and is, spot on when it comes to immigration, and so many other things.
I see him as one of our greatest Presidents.
Thank you, President Roosevelt