Great topic Lee J.
“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 Roosevelt 1907
Great topic Lee J.
My ancestors came here in the late 1600’s. Some were here much longer than that.
My dad’s family as best we can trace it started in France - Whales – Ireland – Scotland.
But there is Cherokee and Apache in the family line as well. My mom’s side is pretty mixed up too, German – Italian – and who knows what else. The difference is they all became Americans. Their heritage is first the Colonies, the Indian Territories, and finally the states.
Ancestors fought to make this a country with borders and one common language, one main ideal: Freedom, Liberty, and Justice for all. All who becomes American. Sure we have laws that allow for immigrants to migrate here, but they should become a member of the most remarkable country in the world. Not Latinos, or Mexican-Americans, or African-Americans, or Italian-Americans, or German-Americans, but Americans all… There is plenty of room for anyone who wants to come here and be an American, speak English, and become a responsible member of the American Culture. Yes American Culture. Recently I was filling out applications for various things and I noticed that you have to denote “Race”, there is “White, African, Asian, Latin, Indian”, and sometimes “More Than One Race.” But there is no “American” selection to make. It’s as if America doesn’t count for a group of people to be considered. All other nations in the world are represented by “Race” why not the USA?
Sure I understand that there are more than one Spanish speaking Nations, but that is because of Spain, not Latinos. I sometime wonder if all the Spanish-speaking nations consider all Spanish as the same. Then there is Portugal. Go figure. That’s another one that is excluded, or at least it’s clumped in with European Nations on the questionnaires. What about Brazil?
Haahaa… We are such idiots to let the world of nations dictate our Heritage as Americans.
I wonder how all those other nations developed? Think all the people originated from inside their borders? And why if they are so compelled to be such wonderful immigrant loving nations do they have such harsh immigration laws, and police and military guarding their borders?
We would do well to mimic Mexico’s Immigration Laws. Oh, and try to get into Canada. Haahaa… People are really stupid here in the land of the free. I guess they have the right; after all, my ancestors fought in the Revolution; to free Texas; the Civil War; the Spanish American War; WWI; WWII; Korea; Vietnam; Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq. Those are my people those are my heritage and fellow countrymen. That’s where my pride is in America, and those who call themselves American, and those who would die for the rights of even the most ignorant citizen of the USA to be stupid.
Thanks Lee J for a most wonderful posting.
God Bless America and Americans.