By Peter Raimondi
Whenever I have to use the telephone, and a recording comes on asking do I want to continue this Conversation in English or Spanish it really gets my gall!
We are being pushed from every direction by business and the government to speak and read Spanish.
This is an English-speaking nation!
Now the blame does not lie with the Spanish-speaking people.
The blame lies with big business and our congress. Big business because of the greed they share with Congress. Big business for the money and votes they want to tap from any and all sources, without any interest in our National Pride. Congress, because they won’t take a stand on the illegal immigration problem that faces our nation.
I am for all people who want to immigrate to this country as long as the do it according to our laws.
In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt said in a speech, “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… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. We have one loyalty and that is a loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
Big business and our congress should put our national pride ahead of all things. When my father came to this country from Italy in 1925 he didn’t ask that we should talk Italian or have everything printed in Italian. He did his best to learn the English language even though there were no schools for teaching this language as far as I know. He was so intent to become an American that the only time Italian was spoken in our house is when my parents didn’t want their children to know what they were talking about. When he was nationalized, he had his last name Americanized. In his broken English, he would often say, “God Bless America, the greatest country in the world.”
To my Spanish-speaking friends, I urge you to become Americans, first by speaking the English language.
Came to this country is what has made this the greatest country in the world.
Of the many hundreds of different nationalities that have immigrated to this country, most have assimilated into our culture. They have kept their own pockets of culture alive in those areas we call Greek town, or Little Italy, etc.
None, as far as I know have asked that we switch to their native tongues.
I am proud of my Italian heritage because I know what the Italians have contributed to this country.
But, believe me I am an American first, and proud of it. America is first always!
Shame on big business and our congress, that you have not settled this national disgrace.
What you are doing is building hatred towards those people who come here illegally looking for a better way of life.
Settle this immigration problem once and for all.
What you are doing is chipping away at our national pride.
The lack of leadership in our country is sickening.
Is there anyone with guts in the government?
As President Roosevelt said, “We have room for one 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 don’t like being a foreigner in my own country.