‘Go back’ attacks
What would Reagan say?
So, it’s the old, “go back from whence you came” attack. If everyone in the U.S. returned to where they, or their ancestors, came from the only people left here would be the Native Americans. Of course Native Americans were here before foreign migration, and even they emigrated from other places several thousand years ago.
A friend sent me a quote from President Reagan’s farewell speech, leaving office in January 1989 he said:
“Since this is the last speech that I will give as president, I think it’s fitting to leave one final thought, an observation about a country which I love. It was stated best in a letter I received not long ago. A man wrote me and said: “You can go to live in France, but you cannot become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey or Japan, but you cannot become a German, a Turk, or a Japanese. But anyone, from any corner of the Earth, can come to live in America and become an American.”
“Yes, the torch of Lady Liberty symbolizes our freedom and represents our heritage, the compact with our parents, our grandparents, and our ancestors. It is that lady who gives us our great and special place in the world. For it’s the great life force of each generation of new Americans that guarantees that America’s triumph shall continue unsurpassed into the next century and beyond. Other countries may seek to compete with us; but in one vital area, as a beacon of freedom and opportunity that draws the people of the world, no country on Earth comes close.”