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On Liberty Island: "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus 1883

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dallas, TX
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    Hat tip to "The OA" on Netflix for this. I had no idea. Our education system has failed us.

    Below, with my emphasis added, is the poem from which the words written at the base of the Statue of Liberty are taken.

    The full poem is displayed on a plaque on Liberty Island and Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States of America.

    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-tossed to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    by Emma Lazarus, New York City, 1883

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Yes... and the words were very appropriate for the time. Also the symbolism of the statue itself. If Republicans want to take our country back, then maybe that's where they should go and learn...what we represented to ourselves and the rest of the world in the 1880s. But I can't remember that far back and I have forgotten my history so I will have to do some reading.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes again, indeed our education system has failed us. Our new "leader" was even kicked out of school, thus an excellent example. Furthermore follow the series on Viceland and see all the abandoned area's in this country then indeed you get the impression that we still indeed live in 1883. Especially if I see the daily mess on TV related to an "brainless" society now run by billionaire bullies, then I really wonder if I live here or in Venezuela.
  • Center Left
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    Good post. Nice reminder of an important message.