El Oso de Dios!
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- Mar 5, 2005
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Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN
Teedie might be the last of those of his generation I'd accuse of being racist-my family shipped a great deal of his father, Theodore Sr.'s glass into the U.S. However:
Theodore Roosevelt, in his The Winning of the West:
The settler and pioneer have at bottom had justice on their side; this great continent could not have been kept as nothing but a game preserve for squalid savages.
"The most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages."
"American and Indian, Boer and Zulu, Cossack and Tartar, New Zealander and Maori, – in each case the victor, horrible though many of his deeds are, has laid deep the foundations for the future greatness of a mighty people."
"..it is of incalculable importance that America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races."
"The world would have halted had it not been for the Teutonic conquests in alien lands; but the victories of Moslem over Christian have always proved a curse in the end. Nothing but sheer evil has come from the victories of Turk and Tartar."
On the other hand, you are when you are. He also said:
"the only wise and honorable and Christian thing to do is to treat each black man and each white man strictly on his merits as a man."
Additionally, Roosevelt said, while speaking to a heavily-armed crowd in Butte, Montana during his 1903 Western tour:
"I fought beside colored troops at Santiago [Cuba], and I hold that if a man is good enough to be put up and shot at then he is good enough for me to do what I can to get him a square deal."
I dig Teedie a lot, but one should pay attention to everything he said and did-even if one agrees with it. On that one, I sure do-yeah, people who live here should learn to speak English, but they shouldn't forget where they came from, or the languages of their fathers and mothers, any more than his family did-he did, after all, speak Dutch, as most of his family still did, in addition to the German and French he studied in school.