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Allegiance
by Ed J.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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This one needs to circulate

I think this is one email that needs to be forwarded until every American with a computer receives it.

The year is 1907, one hundred and 2 years ago.



Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

'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.'



 

You seek to share our land of free
But for this land we have bled
That allegiance you don’t see
Here lawlessly you make your bed
For self betterment and greed
 
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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/4/2009
excellent write-
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/1/2009
Roosevelt's original ideas hit the nail on the head. Our ancestors came from other places. However, they came here knowing they would become American, with PRIDE. That's the biggest difference between then and now. I do know many immigrants who are going about things the right way legally and working hard. I know just as many who are not. The latter ones are the problem. They take cheap housing, jobs, and freebees. Sad that we're letting it happen. It's an invasion that we're allowing. Great job expressing your opinion here! Hugs,
Sheila



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