Hello again ATS. As always, I have come begging a few minutes of your indulgeance. Today I promise to try and be direct and a bit less prone to
tangents than I normally am - as this is an issue near and dear to me.
A few generations back, two of my ancestors landed upon the fabled shores of Ellis Island.
were Irish immigrants, eager to escape the famine that had ravaged their homeland and wanted, very much, to begin a new life in a land filled with
promise. One of the first sights they saw, as they sailed towards are coast was the following:
Within that great and wondrous symbol of our nation is a plague, placed there in the year 1903 - too late for my ancestors to have read it. But I find
comfort in thinking that their own thoughts may well have mirrored the words upon the plaque - a poem written by
entitled The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
" "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!"
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!
What iconic and beautiful words. What a manifest representation of what America stands for, and always has. A place where any person can find
opportunity and a new start.
Why are we letting this integral aspect of our birthright and culture atrophy under the fears of immigration and xenophobic rhetoric? Do we not
realize that this amazing nation was built by a coalition of immigrants working alongside natural born Americans? Have we forgotten the sacrifices
made by the Chinese, Italian, Polish, German, Mexican, and Irish, and Dutch who came here, even under the threat of abuse, to offer their blood,
sweat, tears, and lives to pay their price in the creation of this great nation. Texas - the state most vocal about wanting to secede from the union
would not exist today if it had not been for the Tejano Hispanics who valiantly served, fought, and died along side the names we hold in such high
esteem. Names like Crockett, Bowie, Travis, Houston... yet the name Juan Sequin
The labors and sacrifices of so many - marginalized, forgotten, revised out of history, apparently in some vain attempt to sanitize our history into a
tale of Anglo European pride.
And now... With old hatreds beginning to show their ugly faces once again - the memory of my own ancestors cries out to me to speak on their behalf.
To make me renew the truth that this land was forged in a furnace and as a melting pot for those who are willing to sacrifice for the betterment of
this nation. The color of their skin, their religions, their accents and ancestry nothing
. Only their love of this nation and it's people to
I proudly scream, at the top of my lungs, those words written in The New Colossus and ask for the tired, poor, and the huddled masses to join us in
our quest to become all that the Framers and Founders of this nation intended it to be. Come here with love for this country and you will find that
those of us who respect your dedication and sacrifice by far and away outweigh those who lack the foresight to see the benefit of your participation
in our grand experiment and venture.
The United States of America is not a race, nor a corporate puppet. Neither is it a land of intolerance or hatred - even if these things sometimes
appear to be true. This is a land of dreamers and of dreams that can be made to come true for those brave enough to pursue them. Let the naysayers
speak of the past as if it were the pinnacle of this nation. Let the morally bankrupt speak of it as a lost cause. Let those who wish to wallow in
discontent do so and rejoice even in that - as we are a land where personal opinion matters and the ability to express ones opinions is the very first
enumerate right we possess - one among many.
The greatest days of this nation lay ahead of us, not behind. We were created to be the shining light in a world so full of darkness and evil and we
shall remove the tarnish from that light so that it will, once again, be as bright as it has been in the past. We will do this together - as a single
minded people. As a diverse group, from different places, with different histories, but who all share a common goal.
Our diversity is our strength. Our resolve is our power. And our love of freedom and what is right is what makes us invincible.
I say come to help us with the hard work ahead - so that you and yours can enjoy the bounty that awaits us all on the other side.
God bless American, and God bless all the freedom loving peoples of this world. We are the majority and we will endure.