Maybe it is just me, but I sense we, as a country, have lost our forebears’ sense of “the Common Good,” and, even more, The American Dream, for those who seek to join us in this rich and prosperous land. So I offer a brief question for all of us: Do we have any right anymore to claim that we still care for those who see this country as a land of opportunity? I refer to the words etched in the base of the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island:
The New Colossus, By Emma Lazarus (carved on the base of the Statue of Liberty)
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, the tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Have We Forgotten??
Do we simply not care anymore?
What is our moral stance?
Yours for the Interim,
Gretchen Woods, AIM