I got this from a friend, who shall remain nameless, since he holds public office. It is from a 1907 speech by Teddy Roosevelt. Sound familiar?
"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, the American 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."
This was right about the time both my grandfathers came from Italy. They worked, paid their taxes, and learned English. This was a time where nothing in their lives was a given. No free health care, no welfare - nothing. It's ironic that exactly 100 years later, that the argument is exactly the same, but it sounds so much worse now. Why? Because too much is given to illegal aliens.
America is getting fat, happy and lazy. Work is not expected from anyone, and innovation is frowned upon by government. It appears that by the end of my generation, we will turn into a welfare state, and America will no longer be the world power it once was. Count on it....