The emotional “Statue of Liberty argument” is popping up again, due to President Trump’s temporary travel ban on people coming from seven countries known to be hotbeds of ISIS activity. In truth … “Lady Liberty” may not be what some people think she is. Her “warm, welcoming heart” may not be as “warm” and “welcoming” as the left would like to think, and, here is why.
The Statue of Liberty was not conceived and sculpted as a symbol of immigration. It was originally intended … from France … to the United States … as a monument to the principles of international republicanism. It was a symbol of the alliance between France and the United States during the American Revolution. The poem by Emma Lazarus was not a part of the original Statue of Liberty. The poem came later … and is due to a fundraiser event.
Money was needed for the base and pedestal of the statue. Fundraising for the additions began in 1882. The committee organized a large number of money-raising events. As part of one such effort, an auction of art and manuscripts was included. Poet, Emma Lazarus, was asked to donate an original work. She wrote … and, donated the poem … “The New Colossus.”
The poem is on a tablet that is affixed to the base of the pedestal. (It was not a part of the original stature.) It was a donation of “art” used to raise money to pay for the base and the pedestal.
While the words are indeed, beautiful … they are not an obligation, a declaration, a law, nor a part of our Constitution, giving people (and foreign governments) the right to force their way on our soil, without going through the proper processes now in place … and, the strenuous processes to come.
To be clear … nowhere on the plaque, or in the poem, does it say, please come on in and change our culture, our religion, our patriotism … or … if you are of mind … kill us. Nor does it, in any way, take away our rights as American Citizens, to challenge, and refuse … the influx of people deemed as a threat to our country.
And, that … is the cold stone truth about Lady Liberty.
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Debbie Barth: 01/30/2017 at 3:12:08 pm EDT
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