“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 Roosevelt 1907

Got the above in an email last week, verified the information and posted it.
I love the quote because of its honesty and total specificity.
You rock, cowboy.


13 thoughts on “Cowboy

  1. Exactly M… This I’m a Latino-American or any other ethnic group who comes here should assimilate himself not carry his countries flag here pride in your new home should be the way, not forgetting your heritage but loyalty to your new home..

    The flags kill me. Period.


  2. You know, this would have come in handy last night when there was an interview with the mufti who has caused outrage over recent comments here in Australia. He was asked if he was Muslim or Australian first, and his response was Muslim. At this point I honestly think that he lost any ground he may have made with the Australian public in the preceding interview.
    Amazing how incredibly relevent this quote is to today’s society isn’t it? At what point did it become a piece of history rather than a way of life?

    I don’t know much about this turdball but suffice to say he should be taken on ‘walkabout’ and strung up by the testicles.
    I’m sure his deity du jour will come to save his sorry ass.
    Yeah, right, it might happen.
    Send me the link for a story about this whackjob.
    I’d love to read it.


  3. And who decides what it is to be in every facet an American?
    What if one decides to be human prior to being an American (or any citizen of any other country)?
    As much as I admire Roosevelt as a man and as much as I understand his comment in 1907, in the world we live in today, left by itself, the clarity of that comment leaves uneasy feelings. Maybe it’s because I am an immigrant myself and feel that in some ways we all are.

    My reply is on its way to you.
    It was too damn long for the blog. 😉


  4. if a person chooses to adopt a country other than the one they were born in, their loyalty should of course be with the chosen country. they should integrate, live by the law the same as anyone born there is required to, and they should respect a culture and lifestyle they CHOSE…if they’re not prepared to do this they should go back to wherever they came from…simple….

    Can I hear an Amen? 😉


  5. i think what some may miss in this quote is that it isn’t about exclusion – quite the opposite – it is about inclusion. yes, come to our country and be our countryman. live the american dream as an american. perhaps it is the difference between renting a house and owning a home – one pales in comparison to the other.

    Thoughtful interpretation.
    I would expect no less from you, SF.
    Thanks for stopping by.


  6. sarah i couldn’t agree more, it is about inclusion, however the problem is many of them don’t want to be included. they make a conscious decision to go, in this case to america, and once there still want to live within their own little community, keep the ways they left behind and still vow allegiance to their mother country while making the most of the freedom places like america offers..they fly THEIR flag above their homes, not the american flag…by all means remember your country of birth, but not at the expense of those prepared to offer you a better way of life….sorry michael, getting off bikkie tin now and going to sit in the corner..

    Stand on the bikkie tin all you want, Mum.


  7. m-what a great post. I have never seen this before! Looks like it is time to cleanse our Nation!

    I think we’ve been trying since at least 1907.
    I don’t think we’re much farther along than we were. . . 😦


  8. A-mum, I agree with you. The frame of mind of people moving to America has changed very much. It used to be about the American dream and becoming an American, now I am not sure what it is about. Perhaps economic gain? Or to change America to be like their country? I find it all very confusing.
    It seems to me that over the last several years with the introduction of the concept of diversity – which on the face sounds good – that people have become more separate then ever. That rather than that being a unifying factor it is what causes us to fear and loath our neighbors.
    But the truth is that what people have in common is what creates a bond between them. Like the poet said, ‘no man is an island.’ Nor should he be.


  9. wc, it does seem to be more the last few years and in those places that welcome others looking for a better life…what eludes me is the thinking that sends these people to the states, oz, wherever, and then seem intent on bringing what they’re tring to get away from, WITH makes no sense to me at may sound as if i have a problem with cultural diversity, but i don’t…the problem i have is with those that try and change our ways to theirs in our own country and have the audacity to tell us where we’re going answer to all of them is simple…GO HOME if it’s that bad..i have an enormous respect for america because they’re simliar to us in welcoming those who DO want a better life, but we all seem to be getting the rough end of the stick lately..and i for one am sick and tired of it..
    did it again michael…you really need to move the bikkie tin away from me 🙂

    Moving it away


  10. these are the reasons i got a blog for myself, to avoid posting on comments, but you have some great content which seems to beg for a debate…then i can’t help myself…going back the nook now before i start again 🙂

    Comment as much as you want, ZN.
    I never mind the interplay of conversation amongst visitors.


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