Friday, November 20, 2015

Give me your tired and your poor- unless you are from the Middle East - then keep off the grass


I contrast that with the governors of various states, including my home, Wisconsin, who have said that they will not allow Syrian refugees to be placed in their states. To equate all Muslims with terrorists is akin to equating all Christians with the Westboro Baptist Church. Using ignorance, fear, and bigotry to make decisions is not a way to lead. True leadership would be opening our doors to refugees — not fearing them.

It seems as if we have forgotten the placard at the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

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!”

it's not forgotten it's ignored and not their mantle they are those who want to take the country back to pre civil war and pre Statue of Liberty days  when you forget but embrace you still except it when you don't it's not part of your vocabulary