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. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as anyone else.
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, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English- Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian- Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.
So said Theodore Roosevelt in his Address to the Knights of Columbus, New York City- October 12th, 1915.
That reasoning is still with us today, but it’s mostly being ignored because of political correctness. We have become a society of groups, divided by this or that, be it color or religion, wealth or political party. Partisanship, in all forms, has put us into little pigeon-holes like separating the mail, and we no longer see that the end goal is more important than individual actions. Imagine that you have a team of four horses pulling a wagon, and they are all pulling in different directions…how far do you think you’d get?
Stupid in America: Students Are So Bad, Professor Can’t Grade Them, written by Selwyn Duke, March 29, 2016 in The New American and he says…
What does it say when in two days a teacher exhausts the ink in his red pen? Since a nation cannot be “ignorant and free,” as Thomas Jefferson put it, it perhaps means we face a threat graver than the Red Menace. Apathetic or even hostile students, dumbed-down tests, often incompetent and ideologically driven teachers, Cracker Jack-box degrees, morally toxic curricula, revisionist history, the new math — education has collapsed in America … A teacher … provided his own testimonial, writing about a third grader who “refused to do anything in my class. If I asked students to take out their math books, he would just sit there and do nothing. If I put a book on his desk, he refused to look at it. He would not look at me while I was lecturing.” This never would have happened in ages past; the boy would have found working preferable to frequent appointments with a backside-bound switch. Instead, such children today remain uncivilized and ill-behaved, becoming ever more brazen as the unanswered will, until their misbehavior crosses a line and action is finally taken by the only ones now empowered to do so — the police — and prison may be their lot.
This then, as I see it, is the result of a deliberate and systematic dumbing-down of the population.
This educational degradation has gotten so bad that a famous octogenarian ex-college professor just proposed that we stop teaching algebra to American students because it’s too hard. And with China already producing 10 times as many scientists as we do, this certainly should help — ease America into a fourth-rate, Third World mishmash of easily ruled serfs.
The recent chalk-writings on sidewalks and the resulting panic and terror that was instilled in students is a further example of the wussification of America. Since when does writing something on the sidewalk strike fear into the hearts of students?
This was a college or university, and unless I miss my guess, that’s where you’re supposed to be able to voice dissenting opinions, in and out of the classroom. When you see a protest going on, check out the signs…most of them are professionally printed, not hand-written, and that can only mean one thing and that is that these protests are organized way beyond what we think. Certainly people have the right to peacefully assemble and protest, that’s one of the guarantees. You do not have the right to block traffic, hurl projectiles or storm the speaker’s dais.
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