Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce yesterday werein he remarked that people who’ve come to the United States illegally are already Americans.
“You know, the eleven million people living in the shadows, I believed are already American citizens,” he said.
Biden then attempted to quote Theodore Roosevelt in support of his insane view:
“Teddy Roosevelt said it better. He said Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed, or a line of descent. It’s a question of principles, idealism and character.“
Of course, crazy Joe not only misquoted the former President, he also failed to finish the quote.
Here’s what Roosevelt actually said:
“Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose, not of creed or birthplace. The politician who bids for the Irish or German vote, or the Irishman or German who votes as an Irishman or German, is despicable, for all citizens of this commonwealth should vote solely as Americans.“
Oh, and Teddy wasn’t referring to illegal aliens who sneak across our borders in the dead of night when he made that statement. But then, Democrats never let little things like proper context distract them from making their ludicrous points.
Just in case some of you are interested in what our nation’s 26th President really thought about immigrants and Americanism, here’s a few more quotes for your consideration.
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one 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.“
“If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.“
“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, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.“
“The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself, by the use of the hyphen and along the lines of national origin, is certain to breed a spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens. If some citizens band together as German-Americans or Irish-Americans, then after a while others are certain to band together as English-Americans or Scandinavian-Americans, and every such banding together, every attempt to make for political purposes a German-American alliance or a Scandinavian-American alliance, means down at the bottom an effort against the interest of straight-out American citizenship, an effort to bring into our nation the bitter Old World rivalries amd jealousies and hatreds.“
“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it. Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back. He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here. He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend upon his knowing English and observing American standards. The employer cannot be permitted to regard him only as an industrial asset.“