FAST FIVE: Buchanan: Is Diversity A Root Cause Of Dual Loyalty?
The only man who is a good American is a man who is an American and nothing else.” The New York Times headline the next morning: “Roosevelt Bars the Hyphenated.” It continued: “No Room in This Country for Dual Nationality, He Tells Knights of Columbus.
As America edged toward intervention in the European war, President Woodrow Wilson, too, tore into “the hyphenates”: “The passions and intrigues of certain active groups and combinations of men amongst us who were born under foreign flags injected the poison of disloyalty into our most critical affairs.
Did not the prosecution of American Communists under the Smith Act, begun by Truman and continued by Eisenhower, suggest that these first postwar presidents saw peril in a secret party that gave allegiance to a hostile foreign power.
Where Wilson, TR and FDR distrusted ethnic and racial minorities, Truman went after the ideological enemies within – the Communists.
What defines us, said Joe Biden, are the “enduring principles in the Constitution, even though we don't necessarily all know them.” But if these principles, of which many Americans are not even aware, says Joe, are what define us and hold us together, then what is it that is tearing us apart.