The Hyphen

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by B.Lee, May 29, 2009.

  1. B.Lee

    B.Lee Well-Known Member

    THE HYPHEN -- John Wayne (yes THE John Wayne)

    The Hyphen, Webster's Dictionary defines,
    Is a symbol used to divide a
    compound word or a single word.
    So it seems to me that when a man calls himself
    An "Afro-American," a "Mexican-American,"
    "Italian-American," An "Irish-American,"
    "Jewish-American,"
    What he's sayin' is, "I'm a divided American."

    Well, we all came from other places,
    Different creeds and different races,
    To form a nation...to become as one,
    Yet look at the harm a line has done-
    A simple little line, and yet
    As divisive as a line can get.
    A crooked cross the Nazis flew,
    And the Russian hammer and sickle too-
    Time bombs in the lives of Man;
    But none of these could ever fan
    The fames of hatred faster than
    The Hyphen.

    The Russian hammer built a wall
    That locks men's hearts from freedom's call.
    A crooked cross flew overhead
    Above twenty million tragic dead-
    Among them men from this great nation,
    Who died for freedom's preservation.
    A hyphen is a line that's small;
    It can be a bridge or be a wall.
    A bridge can save you lots of time;
    A wall you always have to climb.
    The road to liberty lies true.
    The Hyphen's use is up to you.

    Used as a bridge, it can span
    All the differences of Man.
    Being free in mind and soul
    Should be our most important goal.
    If you use The Hyphen as a wall,
    You'll make your life mean...and small.
    An American is a special breed,
    Whose people came to her in need.
    They came to her that they might find
    A world where they'd have peace of mind.
    Where men are equal...and something more-
    Stand taller than they stood before.

    So you be wise in your decision,
    And that little line won't cause division.
    Let's join hands with one another...
    For in this land, each man's your brother.
    United we stand...divided we fall.
    WE'RE AMERICANS...and that says it all.
     
  2. B.Lee

    B.Lee Well-Known Member

    "There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.... A hyphenated American is not an American at all... Americanism is a matter of the spirit, and of the soul...The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans...each preserving its separate nationality.... The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans.... There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American."

    - Theodore Roosevelt
     

  3. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

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