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by Oui Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 09:01:59 AM EST

Poem by Emma Lazarus

Top White House reporter asks if Trump will erase 'Give me your tired, your poor' from Statue of Liberty

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Time to remove socialist "huddled masses" plaque from Statue of Liberty by Selwyn Duke

    1. Many now see the poem's most famous line, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore," as a policy statement. In fact, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright (Halfbright?) tweeted last year, "There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds. #RefugeesWelcome."

    "Fine print," of course, is the way you speak of law or a contract. That the poem is being used this way should give everyone pause.

    2. "The New Colossus" was an example of 19th-century virtue signaling. It's also more than troubling that policy is being influenced by sentiments that most don't even know have a socialist pedigree. In fact, as a socialist, Lazarus could be seen as having been an (unwitting) enemy of America.

    Having said this, she's not the only 19th-century socialist shaping policy -- there's Bernie Sanders, too.

    3. Today, the huddled masses aren't yearning to breathe free; they're yearning for free stuff. Immigration ain't what it used to be, and romanticizing immigrants distorts reality; being people, they include the good, the bad and the ugly. I'd sooner see the romanticizing of citizens, though truth beats incessant pep talks any day.

    4. Created by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty was originally intended to symbolize the principles of international republicanism; again, it had nothing to do with immigration. And as with the Constitution, we'd do well to return to original intent.

    This is especially true because the huddled-masses bit now buttresses what I dubbed immigrationism, the bizarre notion that immigration is always good, always necessary and should be the one constant in an ever-changing universe of policy. Yet with 85 to 90 percent of today's immigrants hailing from the Third World and 70 to 90 percent of them voting for freedom-squelching Democrats upon naturalization, there's an irony here: The phenomenon now represented by the Statue of Liberty is destroying liberty.

Historians bash Ken Cuccinelli's revised Statue of Liberty poem | The Denver Post |

Her sixth-grade students seemed to understand Emma Lazarus's "The New Colossus" better than the head of the nation's legal immigration system did. "Clearly, he did not take part in our curriculum," said Polland, executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society, which is leading a three-year initiative called the Emma Lazarus Project.

She had recently asked the class to rewrite Lazarus's poem for a national competition. And while the 11-year-olds welcomed the tired, poor and huddled masses, Cuccinelli - acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - took a different direction as he offered his own twist to an NPR reporter Tuesday. He said:

    "Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their
      own two feet and who will not become a public charge."

Cuccinelli's off-the-cuff edit befuddled and concerned immigration historians who saw his comments as a distortion of one of the nation's most symbolic ideals. Cuccinelli made the quip in the wake of USCIS's announcement this week that it will expand the "public charge" rule, punishing poor immigrants who use government benefits by making it tougher for them to earn green cards. In interviews with NPR and CNN Tuesday, Cuccinelli called the public charge doctrine a "140-year tradition in this country," a "central part of our heritage as Americans."

Emma Lazarus

Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience

On August 17, 1790, the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, was expecting a visit from President George Washington. To welcome him, a prominent merchant named Moses Seixas wrote a letter about his hopes for the future of Jews in America:

    Deprived as we heretofore have been of the invaluable rights of free citizens, we now (with a deep sense of gratitude to the Almighty disposer of all events) behold a government erected by the Majesty of the People--a Government which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance, but generously affording to All liberty of conscience and immunities of Citizenship, deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language, equal parts of the great governmental machine.

Inhis reply, President Washington wrote,

    It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it was the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily, the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

Washington's promise, in precisely Seixas's words, soon became a birthright for American Jews.

What Emma Lazarus Can Teach Us About Our World Today

So tell me, in the interpretation of America's Founder George Washington, who is Un-American in today's politics, huh Trump!

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 09:40:51 AM EST
Living In An Echo Chamber

    It's still hard to believe that Russia, a country which has based its positive self-image so strongly on their heroic and victorious battle against the Nazis, has decided to do everything it can to revitalize white nationalist principles in Europe and America. But that's the direction Vladimir Putin has taken the country, and he's so far succeeded in installing sympathizers in the most powerful positions in Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The effort in Sweden is being duplicated in most other European countries.

    He has captured the White House and is presently in the process of remolding the Republican Party in his image.

    Yet, people like me who have been warning about this since 2015 are not taken as seriously as we should be. This is as serious as a heart attack.

    [Source: Progress Pond]

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 11:42:20 AM EST
The global machine behind the rise and rise of Sweden's far right

A New York Times examination of its content, personnel and traffic patterns illustrates how foreign state and non-state actors have helped give viral momentum to a clutch of Swedish far-right websites.

Russian and Western entities that traffic in disinformation, including an Islamophobic think tank whose former chairman is now Trump's national security adviser ...


Under Mr Akesson and Mr Karlsson, the party has hosted American white nationalist Richard Spencer. High-ranking party officials have bounced between Sweden and Hungary, ruled by authoritarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Mr Karlsson has come under fire for calling out an extremist site as neo-fascist while using an alias to recommend posts as "worth reading" to party members.

Still, even detractors admit that strategy has worked. In 2010, Sweden Democrats captured 5.7% of the vote, enough for the party, and Mr Karlsson, to enter Parliament for the first time. That share has steadily increased along with the growing population of refugees. (Today, roughly 20% of Sweden's population is foreign born.)  

@BooMan, I have been writing about American home grown right-wing fascism and Islamophobia long before 2008. Don't blame Putin, that's quite short-sighted.

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 11:44:25 AM EST
Since 2008 the Western political game has been to oust Putin [and Russia] from the global institutions: NATO partnership and through harsh sanctions since 2014 [G8].

If the West under leadership of the U.S. wants to play the game of the Cold War, Putin is not the adversary of choice. America did well with Yeltsin [Bill Clinton] and Medvedev [Obama and Libya/Syria]. Don't cry baby!

As an answer to the [East] European missile shield launched under George Bush, Georgia War [2008], Orange Revolution Ukraine [2008] and NATO expansionism ...

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 11:46:09 AM EST
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Interesting read ...

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The 2007 Session of the Nordic Council by NordicStorm on Nov. 7, 2007

Finlandisation 2.0: Plus ça change...

    It is entirely in this spirit that neocon "thinker" Norm Podhoretz attempts to popularise a new phrase with regards to the threat posed by "islamofascism":

    But in the meantime, looking at Europe today, we already see the unfolding of a process analogous to Finlandization: it has been called, rightly, Islamization.

    (Wall Street Journal, May 30 2007 info via a blogger Jerome a Paris)

    And so, anyone disagreeing with Podhoretz' characterisation of Europe can easily be dismissed as cowering in fear before the behemoth of evil that is islamofascism with as little effort as it would take to type "islamisation".

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 11:49:04 AM EST
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More manure shoveling by Selwyn Douche in the American Stinker.
by rifek on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 05:28:35 PM EST

And the Big White Man spreading it along to all cormers of the continent ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 06:14:45 PM EST
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hmm, yes, well, "Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience" is an unfortunate contribution to cult classics of US American heroic fiction. I got a glimpse of the Lazarus family heritage, paradoxically, in my research into so-called red-leg Irish "enslaved"--or transported--by West Indian "sugar merchants"... such as Moses Lazarus. Who became "white" LOL. Details of the maidens' struggles to transcend their gilded cage rather undermine the sincerity of artistic genius and profound philanthropic inspiration, ascribed by latter day admirers to Emma's glorious non sequiturs.

US Immigration and Naturalization, 1790-2006, "on the topic of the criminalization of immigrants", abridged

Some "context" for this vintage of labor exploitation. P. Foner, The Great Labor Uprising of 1877, that is, in the fourth year of the Long Depression (ending "either through the spring of 1879, or 1896, depending on the metrics used") seldom recalled. Let's skip "the metrics" and the romance.

In Chapters of Erie, that pointed commentary on American business ethics, Charles Francis Adams, Jr, viewed with alarm the organized lawless that had grown up in this country since Appomattox, sheltered by the mantle of the law. The problem was not the ex-soldier, trained to kill, but rather the ex-administrator, who for the first time controlled the destinies of large numbers of men and large amounts of capital.
Although several adherents of the "new economic history" argue that the railroads were not indispensable to American growth, it would be difficult to find anyone at that time who shared this view. The Chicago Tribune echoed contemporary opinion in an editorial entitled "The Value of Railroad Transportation" in its issue of July 23, 1877. It called the railroad system "the very heart and life of the modern system of commercial existence." Henry Poor, publisher of Poor's Manual for Railroads, went so far as to say that it was responsible for feeding the entire population of the United States.2
Railroad promoters and lobbyists swarmed into the state houses and the halls of Congress in search of charters, franchises, subsidies, and land grants, while fighting to prevent investigations, regulation, and new taxes. They were almost perpetually at war with the farmers and small-town merchants who justifiably feared the power of the railroads to destroy their economic operations. They were always seeking legislative favors, offering as inducements the free pass, the political contribution, and, on occasion, the outright bribe.
The failure of the banking house Jay Cook & Company on September 19, 1873, ushered in six long years for the American working class. By 1875, there were as many as three million unemployed, and two-fifths of those employed were working no more than six or seven months a year, while less than one-fifth worked regularly. The wages of those still working had been cut as much as 45 percent, often little more than a dollar a day.17
.... and cut to the chase:
The fact that there was no effective railroad unionism should not be taken to mean that there was a lack of grievances on the part of the railwaymen. The official organ of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers put it succinctly in the form of a question:
Art not railway employees in this year of grace, 1873, enduring a tyranny compared with which British taxation in colonial days was as nothing, and of which the crack of the slave whip is only a fair type?11Those lucky enough to work saw their wages drop as multitudes waited to do their jobs for even less. A Cincinnati cigar worker with a wife and three children was asked how he lived on earnings of $5 a week. "I don't live," he replied. "I am literally starving. We get meat once a week. the rest of the week we have dry bread and black coffee."33
Better to crown her the mother of false advertising.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 at 07:58:16 PM EST

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