I am what’s wrong with America*
Anand Giridharadas
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“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 any one 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.”

Theodore Roosevelt 
Address to the Knights of Columbus 
New York City- October 12th, 1915

I love this speech, it was how America once was and how it should be. An American is as American as sushi and spaghetti, pizza and bratwurst,beer and whiskey,rum and jambalaya, beef jerky and curry, and a thousand other dishes from around the world. We Americans are everyone the rest of the world cast out and joined together to make one nation better than all the rest.

But I fear that we as a country are being attacked by those that seek to put artificial barriers between us by reminding each of us to look back from where we came from.

Sorry by my blood is American and nothing more, my ancestors burned their ships when they landed here and it was root, hog, or die.

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