There is a reason we called this blog “All American Blogger.”
“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.”
“This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.”
I don’t care what color, creed, or sex you are. If you embrace the country and what it stands for, you’re an All American.
If you divide your allegiance, not so much.
I’m looking at you Leo Manzano:
After Manzano finished his race and secured his medal, he did what athletes typically do at the Olympics. He held up his country’s flag — the Stars and Stripes.
The 27-year-old was born in Mexico, but the United States is his country now. His father migrated here illegally from the city of Dolores Hidalgo. Manzano was brought here when he was 4. Like most immigrants, they came in search of greater opportunity. And they found it — for themselves, and their children.
That little boy eventually became a U.S. citizen. And then, after a lot of hard work and thousands of hours of training, he got the chance to represent his country and compete in the Olympics. And, to put the cherry on the sundae, he actually wins a silver medal. The last time an American won a medal of any kind in the 1500 meters was 44 years ago.
You can’t help but be proud of Manzano and the country that allowed him the opportunity to fulfill his potential.
So why did Manzano carry two flags with him on his victory lap? As the world looked on, he held up both the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag. Not a good look. And not a good idea.
Manzano posted messages on Twitter throughout the competition — in Spanish and English. After his victory, he tweeted, “Silver medal, still felt like I won! Representing two countries USA and Mexico!”
That’s funny. I only saw one set of letters on his jersey: USA.
It wasn’t Mexico that provided the opportunity for him to train. It wasn’t Mexico that gave his parents the freedom to provide for him.
It wasn’t Mexico that made it possible for him to excel.
It was America.
This country took you in during your hour of need. Now in your moment of glory, which country deserves your respect — the one that offered nothing to your parents and forced them to leave or the one that took you all in and gave you the opportunity to live out your dreams?
The answer should be obvious.