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My Position On the Syrian Refugees



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."

Those words, of course, are by Emma Lazarus. Her poem, "The New Colossus," appears in bronze on the base of the Statue of Liberty. A statue given to the United States by France, our nation's oldest friend and ally... a bit of history that seems especially important just now, in light of the recent horrors in Paris.

For me, Lady Liberty and the words on her base represent the best of what this nation of immigrants is all about. One has to wonder if all the governors (including our own governor here in New Mexico, I am ashamed to say) and congressmen voting to keep out the Syrian refugees have ever visited the Statue, or read the words on her base. If so, they surely failed to understand them.

Of course, most everyone knows the part about 'your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,' but let me draw your attention to some other lines of the poem:
-- a mighty woman with a torch... her name Mother of Exiles,
-- from her beacon hand, Glows world-wide welcome,
-- send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me.

Emma Lazarus had it right. Donald Trump and thirty-one governors have it wrong, wrong, wrong.

The Syrian refugees are as much victims of ISIS as the dead in France.

Let them in. Santa Fe, at least, will welcome them.

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Christian Lockert
Nov. 21st, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Let them stay at your house, George
I'd like to point out, Mr. Biggot, that your statement is not just racist and moronic as the esteemed Mr. Martin points out, but totally erronious. Whilst Europe and China were still in the backwaters of anything vaguely close to a civilization, the first one was blooming in the Middle East. In current Iraq and Syria. Also in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in northern Africa. Even in South America... BEFORE China and Europe had any proper civilization.

I suspect you define yourself a christian. I'm a roman catholic myself, but you're calling all christians for KKK's and WBC's. You're obviously claiming all muslims for barbarians and fundamentalists, but the percentage of those of the Islamic faith who can be put in this category is less than the percentage of christians who can be placed in category with the KKK and WBC, so thus, with your views, we're all as bad on our own side.

IF you want to claim history, you should start by studying it. If you want to generalize, you should know numbers, and if you open your mouth, you should expect that when shit comes out, you get it thrown back in your face.

The biggest winners of your views are the Daesh, since your and Mr. Trumphs views and actions is the continuing of terrorism, one they don't have to sacrifice anything more to obtain.

Oh, by the way, France is taking 30.000 more Syrian refugees, but you, you're a coward who's too afraid...

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