Who is Lowering the Bar?

Somehow I believe when President Theodore Roosevelt originally stated this I believe he was being politically correct. Furthermore, I also believe that if someone were to bring political correctness any where near him, his wrath may be worse than fury. On to reflection:

“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…

This is the way it was; however, this is the exact sentiment that made America the greatest country on earth. Not to long ago immigrants came in good faith, in fact, praying that they would be allowed to live in freedom and to have rights. These same people disavowed themselves with their former governments and pledged their allegiance to the United States.

But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…

There it is! When yesterday’s immigrants came through the gates into America, the oaths they espoused had meaning. It is a privilege to live in the United States and those who came knew no alliance to any other. They worked and waited and studied, and worked and waited. Those who had accents from their former manner of language tried dutifully to speak like an American.

In those days, although the immigrant studied civics which was required, it was more important to them to learn the language. Civics was easy to those who wanted a place to call home and mastering the concepts was easy.

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.

What happened to this standard? This is indeed the most pronounced bit of rubbish ever tolerated by any nation anywhere. As for me, when I see someone with a hyphen in their names or identifiers I immediately pause to think of a ‘hidden agenda.’ Call it what you will; however, anytime a person needs a ‘last name’ or a ‘Blank-American’ there is also an ulterior motive.

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.”

Anything outside of these standards is unacceptable! It is okay to celebrate diversity when that time comes; however, demanding how America celebrates her holidays is just plain wrong! Spewing such absurdities as “…oh that’s okay honey, you don’t need to pledge your Alligence to the flag…” is doing far more damage than good every day of the week.

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