“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!”

 – Emma Lazarus

8 Responses to “Give Us Your Children, Yearning to Breath….”

  1. Paul Borg Says:

    Dear Senator Hart,

    The Statue of Liberty is in my view a most beautiful rendering of the most powerful archetype active in the psyche of mankind; the Mother. Emma Lazarus expresses the goddess’ deepest longings in this poem and this longing is, I would suggest, embedded in the DNA of this nation and must inform its policies. To repress Her would be repressing a Principle that is vital to the existence of America’s Soul. In an age of Hyper Masculinity being expressed in the halls of Power globally as well at at home we would be cautioned to remember that the Goddess has a dark side as well.

    May the young boy’s soul rest in Peace.

  2. Michael Says:

    Something very dark is happening to us that will go far beyond bad economic, social and foreign policies; this country has always been resilient enough to overcome the damage those cause. It seems we are suddenly in a battle for the very soul of the nation. Not for the first time in our history, but the first time when those who want to fundamentally change what we are see it as their last chance to do so.

  3. paul g Says:

    “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” – President Kennedy, June 10, 1963 (at American University)

    If a picture may be worth 1,000 words, so is this image of man’s unwavering inhumanity to his fellow man. Though calloused souls who empathize only with their own kin or skin may drown us all, we breathe the fierce spirit of hope.

    Now is the time for us to help a JFK-inspired statesman of hard-earned wisdom and principle to lead our enlightenment past these dark times and tides.

  4. Paul Borg Says:

    Dear Senator Hart,

    I wish to address the cover page of “Der Spiegle” magazine and its treatment of the Statue of Liberty and the Office of the President of the United States presently held by Donald Trump.


    America knows what Liberty is and we have no intention of harming Her. We instead would appreciate your good wishes and prayers that We manage what has quickly turned into a very difficult situation, cleanly and satisfactorily. Our Institutions are strong and they they have Our Trust.

    American’s, please turn inward and remember everything that strengthens us as a People. We will deal with the negativity and will come out the better for having done so. We must have faith in ourselves and have faith in the institutions created to express Ourselves in a forthright and meaningful way.
    Reflexive responses will only muddy or even worse, exacerbate the situation.

  5. Eric Jacobson Says:

    PaulG quotes from President Kennedy’s American University speech, by far the most idealistic of JFK’s presidency and career:

    “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” – President Kennedy, June 10, 1963 (at American University)

    I was too young in 1963 to appreciate it in “real time”. But the oldest baby boomers weren’t, and the politically-minded among them internalized it (consciously or unconsciously). Here is how the president echoed it in the deft peroration of his Inaugural Address:

    “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow.

    A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.

    We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.

    And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

    So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”

    Not bad! In fact excellent. Now he has to get the job done. And all citizens of goodwill ought to be doing whatever we can to help him succeed. Then, at the appropriate time, either the Democrats or a new progressive party that forms in the wake of the Democratic Party’s complete collapse (which I firmly believe is in the not-too-distant offing since it is a “house divided against itself” and has been since the early 1970s), will field a nominee to succeed President Trump. If the public has cause for dissatisfaction with the president’s leadership that nominee will win.

    But the current ersatz echo chamber of corporate media and establishment Democrat detractors and recreational protesters do not reflect any such widespread public dissatisfaction. On the contrary, most Americans are impressed with the president’s vigor and believe he’s off to a great start. See eg. http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2017/02/lord-ashcroft-in-michigan-trumps-voters-are-pleased-with-what-they-see-as-his-flying-start.html

    Nor are the times and tides “dark”. That is an anti-Trump propaganda meme. Again, on the contrary, as I wrote in a Washington Post comment here: https://www.facebook.com/ECJLA/posts/1207580269279587 .

    The tragedy reflected in the famous photo that comprises Sen. Hart’s blogpost along with the Emma Lazarus quote, was entirely the byproduct of the Obama Administration’s clinically insane regime change policies in Libya and Syria. We are so fortunate that that baleful era is over and responsible adults have replaced the errant mis-leaders who had somehow risen far far beyond the level of their competence. (Senator Sanders was likewise a responsible adult but couldn’t secure the Democratic nomination, leaving a binary choice, and a very easy one at that for voters in the swing states.)

    PS. Speaking of President Kennedy, you have to go back to JFK and the steel executives to find a president who used the bully pulpit and credible threat of governmental action the way Mr. Trump does to demand adherence by the captains of industry (what we now call the 1%) to the public interest. From what I can tell conservative (anti-Trump) Brits such as Kieron O’Hara are the only ones telling the truth about the left-center nature of President Trump’s politics on economic issues. See eg. http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2017/01/kieron-ohara-why-does-the-left-hate-trump-after-all-in-some-ways-hes-one-of-them.html . I can’t find a single acknowledgment of this important essential truth anywhere in the American corporate or progressive media, with the lone exception of a thoughtful piece by Nancy Fraser in Dissent several weeks ago here: https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/progressive-neoliberalism-reactionary-populism-nancy-fraser . I find the conspiracy of silence about his virtues and wall of Cassandra-like sound and fury signifying little-to-nothing about Mr. Trump’s purported faults downright Orwellian.

  6. Gary Hart Says:

    John Kennedy just rolled over in his grave. GH

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  8. Gary Hart Says:

    Paul Borg is essentially right. Responding to offensive behavior with offensive conduct or symbols contributes to a downward spiral in civility. The German magazine cover was over the top and didn’t elevate the dialogue. GH

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