The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Saturday, December 03, 2005
Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

(From Gene, our correspondent in Washington Heights.)

Some may think Teddy's words have lost its meaning. John Howard, the Australian Prime Minister in a response to Muslim clerics wanting to substitute Islamic law for Australian law told them that if they didn't wish to be Australian they should leave the country. Americans should have no problems with the fact that its people speak a variety of languages PROVIDING THAT AMERICA SPEAKS ONE LANGUAGE. It's the only way we can assimilate into one national culture.

Teddy Roosevelt said it best:

"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 a loyalty to the American people."