October 12, 2009

Hyphenated Americans


“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.”
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
       American politician and 26th President
       Campaign speech in New York City, October 12, 1915


“Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic.”
       Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
       American politician and 28th President
       Speech in Pueblo, Colorado, Sept. 25, 1919


“We have been here when President Woodrow Wilson insisted that the Espionage Act was necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use that Act to prosecute 2,000 Americans, especially those he disparaged as ‘Hyphenated Americans,’ most of whom were guilty only of advocating peace in a time of war.”
       Keith Olbermann (b. 1959)
       Liberal-leaning MSNBC news journalist and author
       On his "Countdown" show, Oct . 19, 2006


“The country does not want to be segmented...If the Democrat Party is giving us African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, gay-Americans, homosexual-Americans, lady-Americans, female-Americans, all this hyphenated-American stuff has come from your party because you desire people segmented!”
       Rush Limbaugh (b. 1951)
       Conservative talk show host and author
       On his radio show, March 17, 2008

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