The "Statue of Liberty"; a French-American connect

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The "Statue of Liberty"; a French-American connect

Post by JamesN. »

I find it so ironic that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island still stand as a reminder of from generations past of a beacon of hope of what the human spirit is capable of in the world as a defense against all the fear-mongering towards the refugee and immigrant populations since the Paris bombing.

Perhaps it might seem impossible to some to consider such things concerning terrorism and it's potential for harm; but without the hope and compassion it offers to the weak and helpless what does that say about who we are if we turn our backs on them.

Emma Lazarus’ Famous Poem

A poem by Emma Lazarus is graven on a tablet

within the pedestal on which the statue stands.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
What do I know? - Michael de Montaigne