"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation of all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities." - Teddy Roosevelt
Hmm. A psychic president? One thing is for sure, if a president today, or any holder of elected office for that matter, uttered these words, impeachment proceedings and possible "hate crime" criminal action would ensue. Every victicrat in the nation would be marching, rioting and looting in the streets. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would immediately come to the rescue. Political experts such as Rosie O'Donnell, Barbara Streisand, Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks would champion this cause celebre. It could very well be the end of Western civilization.
The insult to injury would be that it would only prove our 26th president correct.
During the door-to-door, federal government pester-thon known as the 2000 census, I responded to the questions that the government was legally entitled to know: Who am I and how many people reside in my household. When the poor census woman asked my ethnicity, I responded "Native-American". She asked, perplexedly, "Native-American?", apparently because I did not live in a teepee, own a casino, and my feather headress was off at the cleaners that day. I remarked with pride, "Yes - I was born in Louisville. What am I, a potted plant?" and shut the door.
Names are everything on the passing scene. Although we are supposed to be a nation of equal justice under the law, put some discriminating adjective followed by a hyphen and suddenly you are more equal than others. This is seldom done out of pride of one's lineage, but more often to denote some sort of victimized status to rally around and garner sympathy from the political, media and fourth estate classes. The aforementioned foster the "soft bigotry of low expectations" out of "compassion", or so they say. In actuality, they are more prejudiced than the grand wizard insofar as referring to Barack Obama as "articulate" - how the hell is a Harvard educated man supposed to express himself? Grunts, shrieks and vulgar hand gestures? You would think that the Illinois senator was an anomaly like a kangaroo with a PhD in differential calculus.
Hyphenated Americanism has it's advantages. If you qualify, you are automatically afforded two avenues of privelige both socially and legally. First, like the rest of us less fortunate, unhyphenated slobs, you can take the route of being an individual with the same rights as everybody else. When that doesn't work, you can trump everything with your group identity. Muslim immigrants in Europe have picked up on this quickly, and are following in the United States. When they don't get their way, the results are often lethal.
It seems to be infectious even by those who see it's stupidity and danger. Even though postings to this blog can be anonymous, nobody has yet to respond with a hilarious scenario to the murder in Houston. We are tripping over ourselves not to offended the "sensitivities" of basically groups of people that hate the rest of us anyway. This political correctness nonsense will eventually get us all killed and/or be the end of the most advanced culture in history.
Now go report me for a "hate crime" and petition the government to chisel Roosevelt off the face of Mount Rushmore, lest someone be "offended".