“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 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.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt – Image courtesy of Wikipedia
President Roosevelt made a lot of sense in what he said. African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, Liberal Americans, Conservative Americans, whatever – we need to really just quit it.
It’s OK to remember who you were – but it’s far more important to remember who you are.
The country can survive a few people with the immaturity to put their group ahead of the country; it cannot stand if we all do that. Internal division, especially when inflamed by unscrupulous persons, will destroy this country if we let it. And yes, there are those who fan those flames, for greed or for power, and if you give yourself over to them, you have sold your soul to the devil. Be very careful, in your alliances and choices.
We need to remember, on a very low level, that we are all on the same team, ultimately.
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” As Benjamin Franklin said.
I always thought that was a good sentiment; I’m beginning to think I’m going to get to see it happen.