Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Conservatives are not the only Americans

. "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!"

This is what is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty that many immigrants saw at as a symbol when they came to Ellis Island. One of the things that always makes me emotional is watching movies about immigrants who spent weeks at sea, for some a very dangerous voyage but had a look of hope when they finally saw Lady Liberty. It truly epitomizes what the hope and promise of this county meant and still means to all who come here. In his song America Neil Diamond sings “On the boats and on the planes They're coming to America Never looking back again They're coming to America” Mr. Diamond speaks to the spirit and hope of all of the dreams that many immigrants had and have when coming here. What is so interesting is the ideas going on in the conservative community saying that some people are more American than others and that being conservative gives one a monopoly on being American. I think more people should to to New York and read the saying on the Statue of Liberty and get a heavy dose of what America is all about