This piece was reprinted by OpEdNews with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.Trump and the Birthers are an embarrassment to what it means to be an American.
In a speech on November 25, 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt honored
Civil War Hero General Phillip Sheridan, and unveiled the statue of Sheridan
on Horseback, that stands at Massachusetts Avenue and Twenty-third and R
Street, in Washington D.C., created by sculptor Gutzon Borglumat,
who also created Mount Rushmore.
"There is another point in General Sheridan's career which is good
for all of us to remember. Whereas Grant, Sherman, and Thomas
were of the old native American stock, the parents of Sheridan, like
the parents of Farragus, were born on the other side of the water.
Any one of the five was just as much a type of real American, of
what is best in America, as the other four. We should keep steadily before
our minds the fact that Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose,
of idealism, of character; that it is not a matter of birthplace, or creed,
or line of descent."
Sheridan's parents were Irish, and Sheridan himself was possibly born in Ireland,
subject to the same racial prejudice and bigotry, that blacks still suffer today, by
the likes of Republican hopeful Donald Trump and other Birther fools.
In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated; and Roosevelt became President at the age of 42, taking office at the youngest age of any U.S. President in history. Roosevelt attempted to move the Republican Party in the direction of Progressivism, including trust busting and increased regulation of businesses. Roosevelt coined the phrase "Square Deal" to describe his domestic agenda, emphasizing that the average citizen would get a fair share under his policies. As an outdoorsman and naturalist, he promoted the conservation movement. On the world stage, Roosevelt's policies were characterized by his slogan, "Speak softly and carry a big stick". Roosevelt was the force behind the completion of the Panama Canal; he sent out the Great White Fleet to display American power; and he negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt was the first American to win the Nobel Prize in any field. WIKI
Conceived on west coast, born on east coast, returned to northwest spawning grounds. Never far from water.