Posts Tagged Immigration
Read this: If we really don’t believe the famous saying on the Statue of Liberty maybe we should give it back to France, because they sure seem to believe the inscription. It is very troubling to see so much of the American dialogue (in the press and in person) saying we should not accept refugees from the various middle eastern crises. At the same time France, who gave us the Statue of Liberty and was just attacked sees no need to alter what they believe.
The base of our famous Statue of Liberty, on Ellis Island, professes a pledge that we (Americans) love to take credit for. It simply says:
“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!“
It looks like we don’t necessarily believe everything we say, or at least don’t think it should apply to us. At a time of crisis in France, immediately after they have were attacked, the French showed they mean what they say, while most of our leaders in the USA (particularly the tough guys in the Republican Party) immediately call for shutting down our refugee acceptance programs, state by state and even calling for a national shutdown. Many, if not most of these refugees are fleeing from the very conflicts started by the USA and yet it is “French President Francois Hollande (who) said on Wednesday at a meeting of French mayors that France will accept 30,000 refugees over the next two years, calling it his country’s ‘humanitarian duty’.” Comparatively, the US population is about 316 million while France has only about 67 million, but the USA accepts no responsibilities for these same refugees. What ever happened to American Exceptional-ism and some of the other cliche’s we love to describe ourselves with? Maybe it would be simplest if we removed the plaque from the Statue of Liberty or maybe the statue itself. We could just put signs that say KEEP OUT. Boy would Trump and many in the GOP be proud.
The link below points to a blog from Mother Jones, by Max J. Rosenthal, that tells more on the way the French are stepping up.
Watch this: Getting any political message across to American voters is an extreme challenge at best. There are many reasons for this and they are often very good ones. The dominant one often seems to be the amount of time they are willing to pay attention to any different idea. One of my favorite progressive political pundits, has found a way to deal with just that – short videos that attack popular myths. In the video link below, Robert B. Reich (Former United States Secretary of Labor, American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator) worked with MoveOn.org to produce this short video “featuring four plain facts that debunk dangerous lies about immigration”. This is particularly relevant with all of the hot air emitting from the mouth of one Donald Trump. Remember, there are millions who want to believe everything he says on this topic, resisting each of these myths. Watch the video and try to arm yourself with facts for your next encounter with ignorance and prejudice.