Despite almost certain risk of being tagged a filthy racist pig and anything else the heavy hearted, slippery-lipped high-minded so-called globalist, uh I mean, anti-globalist, uh fiddlesticks, the uh, let's call 'em the "which is it" crowd, can fathom in their ragged pursuit of raging chaos they prefer to call peace in their lifetimewhen it comes to immigration and those immigrants who refuse to assimilate into America, TR said it best:
"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."
Theodore Rooseveltfrom a letter he wrote to the president of the American Defense Society on January 3, 1919 three days prior to his death.
To clarify these points I am working offline on an essay which seeks to identify and apotheosize The True American. Of course, this process must begin with Thomas Paine. And I don't mean the monolithic American, but simply the true American.
Roosevelt introduced the phrase "Square Deal" to describe his progressive views in a speech delivered after leaving the office of the Presidency in August 1910. In his broad outline, he stressed equality of opportunity for all citizens and emphasized the importance of fair government regulations of corporate 'special interests'. Stay tuned.