The Suitcase Lady

Lady

June 28, 2016, 10:11 pm

The steadfast copper lady will celebrate her 130th birthday this year. She is French but lives just off America’s eastern shore. In her left arm she cradles a tablet which reads July 4, 1776. At this moment, she is not a happy woman.

In 1886 when The Statue of Liberty arrived, America was welcoming immigrants. Since Ms. Liberty can’t speak, words were cast on her base.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the tempest tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

A large part of the American population has turned their backs on the lady, hating everything she represents. They believe in walls and slammed doors, not golden doors. They also conveniently have forgotten that with the exception of 1.7% of our population that is Native Americans, we are all from immigrant families.

Another part of our population is heartbroken that so many of their fellow citizens lack compassion, decency and understanding of the plight of millions of people caught up in the global refuge crisis that is gripping the world.

Perhaps the lady representing Liberty should be sent back home to France for rest and recovery. A new plaque could be put in her vacated spot while she is on sabbatical:

Hate never works.
Greed  destroys everything.

In this June 2, 2009 photo, the Statue of Liberty is seen in New York harbor. The crown is set to open July 4 after being closed since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In this June 2, 2009 photo, the Statue of Liberty is seen in New York harbor. The crown is set to open July 4 after being closed since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


1 Comment for this entry

  • Karen Little on Facebook

    We certainly have a crisis in leadership and we certainly do have to think about what we mean by “democracy.” It is not about weighing opinions (IMHO) but achieving goals. But democracy can mean that some people’s goals are to kill off opponents. Oh well.