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Sole loyalty

May 15, 2006

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To the editor:

I'm writing this in response to the letter in the May 7 Journal-World from Monica Gonzalez. I believe the best way I can address the issues raised in her letter is to quote from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in 1907 in which he addresses the issue of immigration and being an American.

"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, is not 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."

So Monica, if one immigrates to America LEGALLY they must want to be an American and not, for instance, a Mexican living in America. (Note: This does not include those who are here legally on work permits.)

P.T. Cross,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

"But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American"

By whose definition should this be judged, P.T.? Yours, mine or Teddy's?

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 10 months ago

"There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, is not an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag."

Oops, no more flying the confederate flag I guess.

kcwarpony 8 years, 10 months ago

Gee, How did I end up with dual citizenship then? Tribal flag is right up there with the American flag, go figure...

MGonzalez 8 years, 10 months ago

this speech from the same president who renewed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1902. The same year he made this speech, the U.S. and Japan came made the "Gentlemen's Agreement", which ended new immigration from Japan. is this the image the U.S. wants to project?

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