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
America, a nation built on immigrants, has before been faced with a migrant crisis a time or two. But unlike how our leaders chose to handle it in 2015, our leaders a century ago had a much different perspective on things. Immigration is good for any nation, but multiculturalism is always the kiss of death. Listen to the words of the great American president, Teddy Roosevelt, and what his thoughts were on immigrants from any culture entering our borders, it’s quite enlightening.
“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.” – Teddy Roosevelt, 1907
In other words, what Roosevelt was saying as it is applied to today’s America, is that Muslims or any other vetted people group are welcome, but only as it relates to them becoming American citizens.
Make allowances for Sharia Law? NO. Change our customs to suit Muslim customs? NO. Ban pork from any restaurant? NO. Tell women to dress more modestly because it offends Muslims? NO. Make newspapers and magazines stop publishing things offensive to Muslims? NO. Change anything at all because Muslims don’t like it? NO. I could go on but you get the idea.
My own grandfather came to Ellis Island in 1923, from Scotland, and he came with an accent so thick you could barely understand him, beautiful as it was. But he became an American with Scottish roots, and not a Scottish-America. Makes a big difference where you place the word, doesn’t it? Teddy Roosevelt also had this to say about “hyphenated” Americans:
“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.” – Teddy Roosevelt, New York City, 1912
Once you allow for multiculturalism, like England has done, the death of your own culture is sure to follow. Mass immigration has left Britain an “unrecognisable” country that many people would not want to leave to their children and grandchildren, Nigel Farage has said. In one of his strongest attacks on immigration policy, he said the arrival of migrants has some British people feeling that parts of the country are now alien to them.
Teddy Roosevelt has the answer as to how we handle today’s Muslim immigration problem, if only we would heed his words. But I wonder what he would say about having a Muslim in the White House?