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I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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.
- Theodore Roosevelt, letter to the American Defense Society (1919)
The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.
- Theodore Roosevelt, speech at New York City (September 6, 1918)
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 a loyalty to the American people.
- Theodore Roosevelt, letter to the American Defense Society (January 3, 1919)
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
- Theodore Roosevelt, speech before the Knights of Columbus at New York (1915)
Lowell Feld...."I am a partisan Democrat and Teddy Roosevelt Progressive, proud of it"....Indeed. Thanks for the smile Lowell.
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