Theodore's World: The Hyphen by John Wayne and Theodore Roosevelt

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March 29, 2006

The Hyphen by John Wayne and Theodore Roosevelt

"The Hyphen" by John Wayne
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The Hyphen, Webster's Dictionary defines,
Is a symbol used to divide a
compound word or a single word.
So it seems to me that when a man calls himself
An "Afro-American," a "Mexican-American,"
"Italian-American," An "Irish-American,"
What he's sayin' is, "I'm a divided American."

Well, we all came from other places,
Different creeds and different races,
To form a become as one,
Yet look at the harm a line has done-
A simple little line, and yet
As divisive as a line can get.
A crooked cross the Nazis flew,
And the Russian hammer and sickle too-
Time bombs in the lives of Man;
But none of these could ever fan
The fames of hatred faster than
The Hyphen.

The Russian hammer built a wall
That locks men's hearts from freedom's call.
A crooked cross flew overhead
Above twenty million tragic dead-
Among them men from this great nation,
Who died for freedom's preservation.
A hyphen is a line that's small;
It can be a bridge or be a wall.
A bridge can save you lots of time;
A wall you always have to climb.
The road to liberty lies true.
The Hyphen's use is up to you.

Used as a bridge, it can span
All the differences of Man.
Being free in mind and soul
Should be our most important goal.
If you use The Hyphen as a wall,
You'll make your life mean...and small.
An American is a special breed,
Whose people came to her in need.
They came to her that they might find
A world where they'd have peace of mind.
Where men are equal...and something more-
Stand taller than they stood before.

So you be wise in your decision,
And that little line won't cause division.

Let's join hands with one another...
For in this land, each man's your brother.
United we stand...divided we fall.
WE'RE AMERICANS...and that says it all.

And this one I love by Theodore Roosevelt

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.... A hyphenated American is not an American at all... Americanism is a matter of the spirit, and of the soul...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...each preserving its separate nationality.... The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans.... There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American."Theodore Roosevelt

Wild Thing's comment.....

AMEN Teddy Roosevelt! Amen!!!

Posted by Wild Thing at March 29, 2006 01:25 AM

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Bravo!!! Someone had to say it. You're either an American or you're not.

I have immigrant relatives and friends that never use the hyphenated term to describe themselves, they have fully integrated into the American society.

Posted by: Jack at March 29, 2006 12:00 PM

The ones that started this hyphinated crab were the blacks and their truly insane 'African-American'. I say make up you spindly mind, which are you. If you choose other than American I say your dumb ass should be shipped to the one you selected.

This hyphenated crap was the start of the Balkanization of America. Aided and abeded by the Damn-o-crap party.

Posted by: SparkS at March 29, 2006 12:20 PM

Hi Jack thanks. I would want to too if I had come here myself from another land. I would want to be a part of the country I chose to live in.
Thank you so much for your comment and input on this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 29, 2006 12:34 PM

Hi SparkS, I have a girlfriend from South Africa. She and her husband got out when all that mess that was going on there. They had a huge Bee farm an extremely large bank account and they had to leave it all. They were only allowed to take something like $200,000.00 out of South Africa even though it was their hard earned money in the bank there where they had lived since birth.

When they got to America we used to laugh when she would tell someone she was Africian American too and then the person would argue that she was not since she was not black. hahaha Then she would say...Listen I am 100 American so handle it and stop calling yourself a hyphenated anything. It was great how she did this and then told them off like that. haha

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 29, 2006 12:40 PM

One of several reasons I am awaiting the final demise of Jimmah Carter, is so that Teddy Roosevelt can get his hands on that liberal/socialist idiot and beat the shit outta him for giving away the Panama Canal.

Posted by: TomR at March 30, 2006 01:43 PM

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