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The Statue of Liberty Poem

Society & Culture  (tags: Statue of Liberty, USA, poem, France, Emma Lazarus )

- 1420 days ago -
With so much hate being thrown out there against each other maybe it is time all of us in the USA recall the words to this poem. Enjoy your July 4th and remember we sink if we allow ourselves to be torn apart together we can create a new and better vision


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Sue H (7)
Friday July 3, 2015, 8:20 am
Lovely, thanks.

Janis K (129)
Friday July 3, 2015, 8:49 am
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 3, 2015, 9:28 am
Thank you Dandelion.
I brought up some months ago if we as a country are not going to live by this we should hang our heads in shame and return it.

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 3, 2015, 9:54 am
Visions...that seems all that's left. Thanks Sheryl!

Darlene W (289)
Friday July 3, 2015, 11:15 am
Very nice-thank you.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday July 3, 2015, 5:11 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday July 3, 2015, 5:40 pm
Thanks Dandelion

Edith B (146)
Friday July 3, 2015, 8:38 pm
Thanks, everyone should hear this as a reminder of what our country is supposed to be.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 12:27 am
Beautiful-thx Dandelion

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 2:23 am
Good to share the full poem -great idea, thanks Dandelion ...

And I note there is no mention of race, ethnicity, religion that makes anyone ineligible for being received!!

Animae C (508)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 5:27 am
Thanx Dandelion

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 8:36 am
Beautiful - Thanks Sheryl

Ken Bise (0)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 9:09 am
very nice poem

pam w (139)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 2:51 pm
Here's the truth. That idea was lovely before human overpopulation, global poverty, war, famine and disease caused millions to seek passage to this country.

Quite simply, we CANNOT take every unhappy person on the planet into this country.

We do not have the resources to do it without going bankrupt, exhausting food supplies and watching schools fail.

There was a time when people could only immigrate if they had a guarantee of employment, a guarantee that they'd have their own support network and a guarantee that they would NOT wind up on public benefits.

Reinstate that policy and see what happens.

Meanwhile, our borders are so porous that we're inviting disaster. How long will it be before we see terrorists with weapons of mass destruction setting up camp in our deserts after having slipped easily across the border?

I'm as regretful as anyone else here...but that poem is nothing more than a faded dream.

Dotti L (85)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 4:06 pm
That was a lovely poem, but after reading pam w.'s comments, I am tending to agree with her. Thanks Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 8:24 pm
I strongly agree with Pam W. and Dotti Lydon. That poem was set to music. I used to perform that, as pianist/singer with Glee Club. The dream has become a living nightmare. But, good timing, on Independence Day to remind the world of what America has stood for, though she should now close the doors, as many of her" huddled masses" are yearning to be free too---and half of us have been reduced to "wretched refuse". Noted sadly. Thanks Dandelion.

S J (124)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 8:44 pm
liberty is one of the most important ingredients to revolve out of dehumanization. thank you Dandelion

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 5:00 am
Pam there was poverty all over the world prior to recent times, when the poem was wrote there was poverty and hunger, there were wars many wars in fact.

What has caused a migration over our borders wasn't that these people wanted to come here is that policies that are made cause these people out of necessity to come here. And while some policies were not the USA doings a lot of those polices NAFTA for one.

NAFTA caused the migration out of Mexico into the USA at the same time NAFTA was causing our jobs to go to places in China, India, and Bangladesh. It's the perfect storm, less jobs in USA at the same time destroying the way people earned a living in Mexico. Yet, people place the fault on the immigrants and not on those who had created the conditions that caused a massive migration.

When we entered Vietnam and hundreds of thousands were displaced we created the "boat people" that had to be taken in, the USA took a lot of those people in. We should of, the USA caused the mess, we didn't have to be there and history has proven that out.

We use more fossil fuels than any other Country in the world, China is right there now or catching up, which is causing migration. There are islands already seeking dry land to live as they will drown if they are not allowed to migrate, somewhere.

When our Country creates the conditions upon which causes these people to HAVE TO MOVE isn't it some of our responsibility to offer them refuge. When we destroy their ability to remain in place they need someplace to go and then we shut our doors to them?

I think what people need to do is understand cause and effect here......too few take that easier to sit in front of the TV watching mindless programs and listen to some neighbor talk about all those dirty people that come in taking our jobs......lets grab a sign and shout.....go back where you came from......instead of taking the time needed to find out why all these people are flocking here to begin with. Most people want to remain where they were born; we should not be that arrogant to think everyone wants to be here to begin with.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 5:40 am
Thank you

pam w (139)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 8:24 am
Dandelion, I understand your points but, whether or not the US has some responsibility for global poverty is not an opinion I'll share with you. Yes, we've taken part in ''colonialism''.....along with Europe and many Asian countries. That's really irrelevant to today's issues.

Here's the truth (again.) Human overpopulation and oligarchy greed have created the vast majority of the planetary problems.

We cannot take in everyone who wants to come here...WHATEVER THEIR REASONS. We cannot do it and maintain any of the promises we've made to our own nation and children.

I've traveled widely in the world and have seen horrendous problems due to human overpopulation. I've seen the poverty in India and Africa and accept no responsibility at all for it. Mexico has the same issues. They need to take control of their government...not ours. The Catholic church encourages its congregants to breed, breed, BREED....while the US quietly tries to help women with contraception. Other religions (and immigrants) are swelling their ranks, to the detriment of European nations.

IN MY's naive to believe that our country is responsible for the rest of the world. The coming planetary crisis will make all this irrelevant. We'll be fighting for food and water in ways nobody's begun to consider. "Global guilt" will be downright suicidal.


pam w (139)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 8:30 am
And, just to add...nobody FORCES people to come here...NOBODY. If world governments were to actually address the issues of overpopulation and its result on economies, we might see logical improvement. Instead, nations like India continue to expand their population and then just watch people leave, knowing full well that they can't feed all these babies.

They could address this.

But...they don't. It's far too easy to tacitly approve of illegal migrations to the US. YOU try to move to Mexico and get a job...any job....and aid from the government. They know very well that door only swings one way.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 11:22 am
I understand what you say Pam, that is why I say we need to understand the "reasons" why people migrate here so we can force our leadership not to keep making these foolish mistakes. That way we don't have the world at our door breaking it down. No we can't take everyone in, that is my whole point, we need to fix why so many keep coming in. But it's also an obligation on our part to not close the door to people on whose policies that we followed brought them here to begin with. And once here, and they are legally on our land, they need to be treated as true Americans, no matter what their past heritage and skin tone.

Other Countries around the world also have a responsibility to look at their policies and fix the messes they do cause as well. We are not responsible for it all and that is why I used the particular example that I did, we do in fact hold responsibility in Vietnam, Mexico, and conditions in Central America that had caused the latest group of people to come out of there. We also didn't need to get into Iraq, now that Saddam was removed it left power in a weak Govt. that didn't bring the people together so ISIS has come into play. So at some point we'll have to take in people that are running from there fleeing for their lives. He might not of been a soft and fuzzy leader in Iraq but at least he held his Country together and people were not fleeing in large numbers.

India should be doing a better job with it's people, heck many of our jobs went to India. But they have a young population that is growing in leaps and bounds. That Govt. needs to seriously address this, for if I'm correct I think they are the largest population over in that area except for China. Population control needs to be given a top priority in their Country. If anyone that might owe something to them perhaps is the UK and I'm not sure if they can offer some help in the educational aspects of parental management of family size and offer some aid in birth control. But leadership of all Countries need to start stepping up to the plate here and not just push all the blame onto what is actually victims of, as you say, Oligarchy messes.

I have placed not long ago an article on C2 that I think is worth reading. Even in this Country we have so much wealth tied up in a few hands that it is ridiculous. Our labor has not be fully compensated and these conditions that so many of ourselves are in do not have to be. I understand it's hard to feel generous, to live up to a poem that speaks of an ideal when those who are here are searching around to figure out how to put food on tables or get a leg up into a better life.

This Country is not poor, it has so much wealth it is beyond measure but we have a few who hoard it, have set the rigged system to fill their cups at the expense of the rest of our cups. If we had an even playing field here we be able to accept those who are truly in need, and if we made policies that didn't create a need we'd not have so many people coming here. Then the door could be open to the truly persecuted that would be far few in numbers than those who are fleeing man made inequality that leads to wars and want and also to man made climate disruption that also leads to migration from famine and simply a dry spot of land to stand upon.

The article I spoke about.
Unprecendented Abundance And Economic Reality Peer Through The Illusion

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 1:29 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

marie C (163)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 5:05 pm
I wish I could send you more green stars Pam You are a realist
The whole world is in a sad state one way or another at this time
USA is still a wonderful country that has helped so so many they can not help the whole world they have done more than their fair share

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 5:08 pm
Again....short version. We'd not have to help the world if we'd be more careful of our policies that drive people to come to our shores to begin with.

You don't cause others a problem then shut the door in their face.

So lets make sure our leaders are doing what is the correct things to do.

marie C (163)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 5:08 pm
The poem needs to be updated it is very beautiful but impossible in 2015 We have to face the truth

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 5:11 pm
And the truth is.....

Again, if people are only looking at the aftermath of poor decisions and policies from DC and not what caused the problem we never learn the truth......


Walter F (128)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 10:00 pm
Thanks Dandelion..A great ideal

fly bird (26)
Tuesday July 7, 2015, 8:35 pm
ty Dandelion

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday July 8, 2015, 4:56 am
Thank you for sharing this poem as I can't recall how long it's been since I heard it. The conversation is very good, with many excellent points on both sides. I wish to learn the truth as turning our backs is unacceptable in my opinion. Sorry to be so late getting to your news.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday December 26, 2015, 11:35 am
Just heard that for the first time. . . very beautiful.

. . .and here's some more truth. The absolute arrogance that some of you have for being an inhabitant of America, when the country was built on the exploitation, subjugation and tyranny over an indigenous population that was ALREADY living *at one* with the land, is a disgrace.

There are plenty of resources for everyone, AS LONG AS those resources aren't greedily concentrated with the few, when they can be shared with the masses.

The "American Dream" seems to be, I'll have my slice of the pie, you can fight for yours.

Humankind is pitiful when it assumes it can simply take, take, take, rather than share, share, share.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday December 28, 2015, 12:58 pm
Well said Darren, thank you.

I placed this on when so many were hating on the refugees.....too bad more wouldn't see this lovely video and be reminded as little has changed since I posted it.
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