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Citizenship and Immgration

Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907: “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 person’s becoming in every facet 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 … 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.”

I agree completely. Legal immigration to become honorable, supportive members of the USA community should be allowed and even encouraged. Innovations, productivity, respect for freedom and propensity to fight for life, liberty and property are historically passengers in immigrant luggage.

The US flag is an important symbol of our country and our common language is English, though some parts of our culture have developed their own subspecies of that language (are our teens going to grow out of their slang?). Please allow me, Ted, to correct the one glaring oversight in Teddy’s quote.

While the flag, the amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesty, the melting-pot of cultures and English language are parts of our nation, THE KEY part is the written constitution of this republic. Acknowledging, understanding and defending The Constitution of These United States of America is the fundamental obligation of citizenship.

If you don’t know the difference between a constitutional republic (the USA) and a democracy (the Third Reich, for example), you better learn or re-learn. We can’t afford to forget, nor can we afford to continue electing politicians who treat the words as synonyms.

For the first time in at least 50 years, one presidential candidate speaks of the difference. Now is the time to learn about Ron Paul.

NOW, that you actually have an opportunity to act FOR the USA, FOR the Constitution, FOR your liberty, FOR freedom of your grandchildren, NOW is the time to learn or relearn your constitution. Now is the time to teach and share this knowledge, this foundation of our country with your families, friends and neighbors.

Perhaps a copy of the Constitution of The United States of America is the ideal Christmas gift. Maybe a donation to Ron Paul for President is the finest gift you can give your grandchildren. Some history-making Ron Paul for President merchandise would be proudly worn by anyone who understands what is at stake.

I welcome anyone to share my country who will read, understand and defend our Constitution. There are plenty of places in the world for the rest to live with their favorite forms of government. There is only one legally-formed constitutional republic on this planet.