If the Statue of Liberty were moved to America’s southern border, how would the hundreds of children detained there react to Emma Lazarus’ famous 1883 sonnet engraved on the base of the statue?
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
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!”
Or this famous quote from
Alexis de Tocqueville
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
FROM GORDON’S GOOD READS
ALL GOOD FOOD FOR THOUGHT AS WE CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY!