Friday, March 28, 2008

President Theodore Roosevelt

I just decided that I'm going to buy and read a biography on the man. If anyone knows a good biography on Teddy, please let me know. A quick search on Amazon brings up about 10 of them, and I really want to know more about this guy. Everything that I know about him at the moment says to me that he's one of my heroes, and I want to be as well informed about the man as I can. Anyway, here are some words of his that I think are great. I pulled them from this site.

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 man's becoming in very fact 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, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...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 loyalty to the American people.

Again, if anyone knows of a good biography on the man, please send the info my way. Thanks in advance!

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