Alan M. Dershowitz. I admire you … but … you are smart enough to know that the Emma Lazarus poem (and only a few lines from the original) was just that … A POEM!
She was asked to write “A” poem for a fundraiser to obtain money for the pedestal of which the Statue of Liberty Stands.
The POEM was not a part of the statue, given to us by the French. In 1903, a few lines of “The New Colossus” poem were engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal’s lower level, AFTER she died because of her friends … and, at others … insistence … in her honor.
This “Lazarus” liberal argument is as old as the biblical Lazarus. It’s a tireless, baseless argument. The words are a few lines from a poem. It is NOT a law … a declaration … or a directive.
It may even, NOT, reflect the general consensus of the American people, at the time. It is impossible to know what the consensus was. There were no polls (accurate or false) … no T.V. …. no Social Media … where Americans actually spoke their minds. The Newspapers did that for them. This poem reflects how Emma Lazarus felt.
The few lines of this poem do NOT say to by-pass Ellis Island … come in illegally … bring your family members … forget about learning our language or respecting our laws … and, we will take care of your financially.
Yes, Alan M. Dershowitz … you are a brilliant man … and I respect you … until you bring up this baseless argument, in order to bask in your warm and fuzzy self … and, remind me that … yes … you are also still a liberal.
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Debbie Barth: 1/13/2018 at 3:03pm EDT
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