Quotes Suitable for Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

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In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one 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 man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.

“If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.

“We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.

Theodore Roosevelt, January 5, 1919  (The last public statement made by Roosevelt prior to his death on January 6, 1919.)

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  1. TR was the diametrical opposite of the Bushes, the Clintons, Obama, et al. He actively loved America and Americans. The current, corrupt elites hate America and normal Americans.

  2. I suspect the Bushes have their noses out of joint regarding people who’ve bested them; it is reportedly a very competitive clan. I doubt they hate anyone. Their indulgence of illegal aliens, like John McCain’s is puzzling. (John Derbyshire reviewing Jeb Bush’s book on immigration came to a similar conclusion that you have, though. “The main one I got: Jeb Bush just doesn’t like Americans very much. Immigration boosterism always has a whiff of this about it. “Jobs Americans won’t do”—because they are too spoiled and lazy! “Skill shortages”—resulting from Americans being too dumb!” Characters like Bret Stephens and Kevin Williamson make this quite explicit).

    BO, of course, is a common professional class type. Wage earners are pairs of hands, not anyone you’d pay attention to; and they’re bitterly clinging to their guns and religion.

    As for the Clinton’s: everyone’s a mark or an obstacle.

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