Biden Misquotes Teddy Roosevelt in Support of Illegal Alien Amnesty


Good old Joe tried to make the “American” argument for why legalizing illegal aliens is the right thing to do.

“Eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

Biden referenced former President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1894 speech titled “True Americanism.”

“Teddy Roosevelt said it better. He said, Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed or a line of descent. It’s a question of principles, idealism and character,” Biden said.

Liberals like the “True Americanism” speech for obvious reasons, since Roosevelt denounces what he considers phony patriotism and defends the adoption of all sorts of reforms, but they quote it rather selectively.

The next sentence after the one quoted by Biden undermines his whole argument.

“Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose, not of creed or birthplace. The politician who bids for the Irish or German vote, or the Irishman or German who votes as an Irishman or German, is despicable, for all citizens of this commonwealth should vote solely as Americans.”

If they did that, Biden would never have become a V.P.

In the same speech, Roosevelt also states, “The patriotism of the village or the belfry is bad, but the lack of all patriotism is even worse.”

“The man who becomes Europeanized, who loses his power of doing good work on this side of the water, and who loses his love for his native land, is not a traitor; but he is a silly and undesirable citizen. He is as emphatically a noxious element in our body politic as is the man who comes here from abroad and remains a foreigner.”

That last part is particularly problematic considering that few of those being legalized actually want to be Americans in that sense of the word.

“Even if the weaklings who seek to be other than Americans were right in deeming other nations to be better than their own, the fact yet remains that to be a first-class American is fifty-fold better than to be a second-class imitation of a Frenchman or Englishman…”

“We welcome the German or the Irishman who becomes an American. We have no use for the German or Irishman who remains such. We do not wish German-Americans and Irish-Americans who figure as such in our social and political life; we want only Americans, and, provided they are such, we do not care whether they are of native or of Irish or of German ancestry. We have no room in any healthy American community for a German-American vote or an Irish-American vote, and it is contemptible demagogy to put planks into any party platform with the purpose of catching such a vote…”

“But where immigrants, or the sons of immigrants, do not heartily and in good faith throw in their lot with us, but cling to the speech, the customs, the ways of life, and the habits of thought of the Old World which they have left, they thereby harm both themselves and us.”

Even Joe Biden at this point ought to understand what TR’s feelings would have been about illegal alien amnesty.

  • Gee

    The same President Roosevelt signed the US laws that made illegal immigration a crime and aiding illegal immigration in anyway a crime as well.
    Those exact laws (Title 8) are the ones that current regime ignores.

  • W.C. Taqiyya

    Give them identification papers/cards and worker visas. No preferences, just basic health and safety services and driving privileges. They are in the system and taxed. They are legal and accountable. For citizenship, make it meaningful. Moderate language skills, some demonstration of loyalty like honorable military service or equivalent and written tests on basic history, government, laws and culture. The Hispanics are not inherently a danger or an enemy. We have a shared history, culture, religion and work ethic. They can and should be welcomed. I have no regard for the xenophobic reactions I see from some in the tea party. But automatic citizenship dilutes the meaning for everyone and inspires no respect or loyalty. Oh, and let’s liberate Cuba, help Mexico battle the drug cartels and aid the opposition in Venezuela. America is FOR the Americas not against them.

    • Drakken

      The wetbacks are not here to be Americans, there are here for the money they can make and send back to Mexico. I am beyond the point of giving a rat’s azz why they are here, and I frankly don’t care, when we import the 3rd world we become the 3rd world and I want to preserve this nation as a 1st world nation, not degraded to a point of Mexico or other South American sh**holes. No amnesty Period, if your illegal, get the f**k out

      • W.C. Taqiyya

        You make your point clearly. But your proposed policy will never happen. Even if it was good policy, it stands zero chance of being carried out. The choices we have are limited, we can antagonize the millions of hispanics already here including the U.S. citizens, which means for the republicans, never winning another national election. Or, we can advocate a middle way. Something like I have proposed. Don’t be mistaken, the blanket amnesty can happen. That would be bad, that would open the floodgates and all semblance of control would be lost. Those fears about the third world? Almost all of the immigrants historically have been third world types. Impoverished, uneducated, and grimy with the taint of tyranny from far away places. Like Italy, Poland, Germany and Russia, etc. Best I not mention the Irish since they are still mostly drunkards.

        • truebearing

          Was your comment about the Irish meant in jest, or just inartfully stated? If you start trafficking in stereotypes to prove an immigration point, you may as well quit while you’re behind.

          Ireland doesn’t have drug cartels murdering tens of thousands of innocent people. Nor does it have a fraction of the corruption that has plagued Mexico from the start. Having lived a fari amount of time in an area with lots of Mexican-Americans, I can tell you they do plenty of drinking, too. I may have tipped a few with them myself.


            Cerveza Frio!

          • W. C. Taqiyya

            My comment about the Irish was a jest of course. But, it was jest with a side of meaning. The Irish were regarded as subhuman by the Americans already here. As were the others. Xenophobia is the usual knee jerk response by the ignorant classes. Fear always trumps reason. The comments section here proves that. If I am incorrect, we should be deporting everyone. Some perspective.

        • The March Hare

          “which means for the republicans, never winning another national election.”
          If you think any of these people are going to vote Republican, you are out of your mind. No matter what the Republicans would do to make amnesty happen, the Hispanics would all vote Democrat just the same.


            I believe that ethnic Cubans in Miami vote Republican.

          • The March Hare

            This is true, but they aren’t the illegal aliens which are the topic of this discussion.

        • Drakken

          You compare Europeans with corrupt mexi mixed 3rd worlders when there is no comparison period! Those from Europe wanted a better life and became Americans, the wetbacks don’t want to be Americans and never will, they are mexican’t first and foremost. You want to appease them to try and make friends, well I can bloody well assure you that if Amnesty is passed, we will Balkanize faster than you can imagine for once that happens, we will be fighting over resources and scarce dollars. We are no longer a melting pot, we are now very much a boiling pot under extreme pressure. Once it blows, there will be no more leftist drivel of kumbuya, rainbows and unicorns. Where ever this multicultural stupidity throughout history has ever been tried, it always without fail, always ends with warfare.


      How wrong can you be? They are not “legal” they are illegal aliens! The best of them are lawbreakers; the worst are outright felons, and there’s a lot of them. And no, we do not have a “shared history” with Hispanics! Is this America or Mexico? Do you know the difference, or even care? Mexico elected the socialist PRI Party for 70 years, and the Mexicans who voted for socialism never learned their lesson even though their country remained poor. You can call them Americans, but they never will be, and they’ll vote for socialism here too – the Democratic Party.

      • W.C. Taqiyya

        Yeah, I didn’t actually call them legal, I proposed making them so. As for the shared history, I’m afraid I can’t conduct sufficient lessons for you in this format. Let it suffice for now that Mexico has strong links to Europe going way back. Like way back, just like us. Our histories have been intertwined ever since. You may have heard of the Alamo. A huge chunk of the Southwest used to be Mexico and the Spanish colonization of California and exploration of the west are well known and historically significant. We are huge trading partners. Millions of Mexicans have long been transplanted here and over a million Americans call Mexico home. Look it up. Also, watch Bonanza. If Ben Cartwright could get along with them, so can you. Plus, there is the Christian link. Not such a minor thing when you compare that against the millions of Muslims the political elite have invited into this country. Islam is by definition and in practice antithetical to everything non-islamic. Want to be paranoid about the nice Spanish speaking peoples with their Catholic faith, tequila and burritos? Better start worrying about them Muslims amigo.

        • Larry Larkin

          You only want to make them legal in search of the left’s desire for the establishment of a one party state.
          If they become legal they will vote dumbocrat unto the seventh generation, bring in more and more dumbocrat voters, and eventually drive the country into the same financial and fiscal condition as Greece.

        • Drakken

          We won our southwest from the Mexicans in war, and to the victors go the spoils, the mexican’t who are here are not the Spanish variety, for they rule Mexico, they just keep throwing their mixed-mexi trash across the river for us to take care of. No amnesty period!

    • seewithyourowneyes

      Do we share history, culture and work ethic with Mexico? I’m not so sure. We have a large middle class; they retain elements of the peon and patron system. We expect honesty in government officials; they put up with massive corruption. Do Mexicans arrive here eager to denounce the corruption of their socialist homeland? Or do they arrive here eager to denounce America? I’m seeing the latter.

      A few years ago a Mexican immigrant became manager of my local Sears store. His e-mail address was “proudmexican,” not proud American. The store went quickly downhill. Shelves went bare while employees were not given keys to the storerooms. Extemely elderly Latinas (someone’s aunties?) were put in charge of cash registers they could not operate. I put in an order for a specific color of hand towel I wanted for a guest bathroom. I had to make 11 trips to the store before I finally got those towels months after my guests had come and gone. I recieved e-mails saying the towels had arrived at the store, but no one could ever find them. The kicker came one day when I was asking a kindly clerk about the towels. The extremely perfumed and over-dressed Mexican manager walked over and I assumed he meant to help. So I held out my printed e-mail and began to explain the problem. What did he do? He waived his hand in my face, just inches from my nose, and said, “You have already been helped.” Then he turned to the clerk and told her to help someone else. Then he walked away. The ladies in my book club noticed similar problems. The guy evidently saw himself as the”patron” of Sears and had no concept of “the buck stops here,” or “the customer is always right.” Thankfully, he didn’t last long.

    • jeffaral

      Judging by your name you’re not an American.

    • Jerry G

      To quote Michael Savage this country has changed from a melting pot to a chamber pot. The Europeans who came here wanted to become Americans and realized they had to work hard and learn English. Why is it that now on every call to a large company or on a bank teller machine or a credit card purchase you have the option of using Spanish? Does Mexico extend the same privilege to American visitors? I doubt it.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Joe Biden’s speechwriters would never, ever let him read the rest of TR’s speech. Thus, Joe Biden remains as ignorant and clownish as ever. This is, of course, contingent on whether or not Joe Biden has enough of an attention span to read a whole TR speech. I doubt it.

    • Larry Larkin

      Joe Biden can’t even understand “speak softly and carry a big stick”. He thinks it means scream shrilly and run away.

  • Alphamail

    “But where immigrants, or the sons of immigrants, do not heartily and in good faith throw in their lot with us, but cling to the speech, the customs, the ways of life, and the habits of thought of the Old World which they have left, they thereby harm both themselves and us.”

    TR’s last paragraph needs to be quoted on a billboard at every major road into Dearborn.

  • truebearing

    Biden can’t even manage to use a quote to his advantage. I sure hope he beats Hillary. Though it is hard to say for sure, there probably aren’t enough idiots in America to elect Biden…unless they buy into his as yet unveiled slogan: ” Be part of history. Vote for the first moron President”

  • wileyvet

    “Even if the weaklings who seek to be other than Americans were right in deeming other nations to be better than their own, the fact yet remains that to be a first-class American is fifty-fold better than to be a second-class imitation of a Frenchman or Englishman…” Bully!

  • worldwatchman

    Double speak and way too much drink is Biden.


    joe biden is an imbecile.
    He spent more money on hair plugs and choppers than on his education.

  • jeffaral

    America is a creation of White people. Without Whites America ceases to exist,

  • Ben Garrido

    The vast majority of Hispanic immigrants entering the country do so illegally. Modern Hispanic immigrants are the most efficiently acculturated large immigrant group in American history. You do the math.