Monday, August 15, 2011

Co-opting Liberty -

Over the weekend I took my son on his first trip to NYC... At 8, his first priority was a Yankee's game, which was fun, priority number two was the Statue of Liberty.

We got aboard the Ferry and headed over to see Lady Liberty, something I'd never done. We got the head phones so we could listen to the story as we walked around. At one point, they asked us to stop and look across that harbor. Imagine you've been on a crowded boat for weeks, they said, no electricity, dirt and grime, you're a young child whose family couldn't afford to send everyone, and all the possessions in your world are packed in a trunk sitting right next to you. You don't speak the language, you can't imagine what this new world will look like, you're lost and confused, and then you see Lady Liberty, standing out in that harbor. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore."

Today we kick our tired and our poor while their down, we blame them, we ridicule them, we question their morals and their value. back then we offered a hand up to millions, today we bitch about hand-outs. Touring Ellis Island, I saw all of the banners and advertisements that communities from all over the United States used to recruit these immigrants to their part of America. Today? Well, here's the headline from today's Huffington Post - PRISONS = PROFITS: How Private Detention Facilities Prosper By Locking Up Undocumented Immigrants

It's time that somebody punch the damn tea party right in the nose, tell them they don't have a clue what "Liberty" is all about, and call them what they are. fools. Fools who have been played like a fiddle by the wealthy. Then, we need to look at these plutocrats and oligarch's who pull the tea partiers strings, and tell them that it's over. They've had their run since 1980, when their boy Ronnie came into office, now it's time for the rest of us. But, I don't know if we have it in us. I swear they've so manipulated the system that we're becoming one big country that looks exactly like an old mill or mining town. In the mill town where I live, people lived for 50+ years believing that the men at the mill had their own best interest at heart, on pay day they would give them some company scrip which they could use at the company store and the whole town was convinced the "boys at the mill" would take care of them. Today, we're somehow convinced that the rich have our own best interest at heart and will take care of us, they'll give us enough to get to Walmart to buy the necessities, and if we work real hard and don't cause too much a fuss, they may even bless us with a low interest 30 year mortgage for a house, and if we're truly blessed they won't foreclose on us the next time their ponzi scheme crumbles.

When in fact, it's like Warren Buffett has said before, "there was a class war, and my side won!". My friend Gary shared this with me today - STOP CODDLING BILLIONAIRES LIKE ME - Mr. Buffett has given the politicians the cover they need to do the right thing... will they? I doubt it.


The New Colossus


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!"

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