...That all men are created equal...
July 4th is a very special holiday here in the United States. It is wonderful to be patriotic and loyal to our beloved country. I advise you however, to be a bit skeptical of folks who boast that they are VERY PATRIOTIC. Let these and all of us not forget where we came from and that all of our ancestors (except for Native Americans) came here as immigrants or refugees.
The "New Colossus." Our Statue of Liberty, Mother of Exiles.
Liberty Enlightening the World
In 1883, American poet Emma Lazarus wrote a sonnet to help raise money for a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. The complete poem is on a plaque inside the statue and the final portion is on a bronze plaque on the outside of the pedestal.
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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
So as you celebrate this Independence Day with picnics and fireworks, please remember that while we must love our country, we are not alone on this planet. I hope all of us can strive to be more accepting of other people while still proud to be Americans.
HAVE A WONDERFUL INDEPENDENCE DAY
I'm taking another blogging break for a week. Summertime and the living is easy with guests coming to visit the mountains.