The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“The misfortune is not alone that it rends the concord of nations. The greater pity is that it rends the concord of our citizenship at home. It’s folly to think of blending Greek and Bulgar, Italian and Slovak, or making any of them rejoicingly American, when the land of adoption sits in judgement on the land from which he came. We need to be rescued from divisionary and fruitless pursuit of peace through super government. I do not want Americans of foreign birth making their party alignments on what we mean to do for some nation in the old world. We want them to be Republican because of what we mean to do for the United States of America. Our call is for unison, not rivaling sympathies. Our need is concord, not the antipathies of long inheritance.” – Warren G. Harding

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  1. What a great quote by President Harding. Teddy Roosevelt had many similar quotes regarding immigration and putting America first.

    NEW YORK, Jan. 6. — What was the last public statement by Col. Roosevelt was read last night at an “All-American concert” here under the auspices of the American Defense society, of which he was honorary president.

    “I cannot be with you and so all I can do is to wish you Godspeed,” it read. “There may be no sagging back in the fight for Americanism merely because the war is over.

    “There are plenty of persons who have already made the assertion that they believe the American people have a short memory and that they intend to revive all the foreign associations which more directly interfere with the complete Americanization of our people. Our principle in this matter should be absolutely simple.

    “In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one 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 man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.

    “If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American.

    “We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul [sic] loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”5

    A copy of this letter, obtained from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, can be viewed here.

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