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This Day in History: The Statue of Liberty is dedicated


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On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. It was then called Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift from the people of France.

The idea for the statue first came from Edouard de Laboulaye, a French political thinker, in 1865. He proposed that a statue representing liberty be given to the United States for its centennial birthday. It took a few years to get
started, but eventually a French sculptor, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, took on the task of creating the statue.

 

Bartholdi had help from several architects and engineers. The statue was built in France and presented to the American minister there. Afterwards, it was taken apart and shipped to America in 350 separate parts.

 

Would you believe that it took 214 crates to ship the Statue of Liberty across the Atlantic? Bartholdi traveled to America with his creation and oversaw its reassembly during 1886.

 

At around this same time, a woman by the name of Emma Lazarus wrote a poem about the many immigrants who have come to our shores in search of freedom. “The New Colossus” was donated to an auction raising funds for
construction of the Statue’s pedestal. Unfortunately, the poem did not raise as much money as auction planners had hoped. Along with a handful of other drawings and manuscripts, it sold for only $1,500.

 

When Lazarus died a few years later, her poem was considered so inconsequential that it was not even mentioned in her obituary.

 

The poem gained in prominence over time. Today, the closing lines of the poem have come to hold great meaning, especially for the many immigrants who came to America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In 1903, the poem was inscribed on a plaque and affixed to the statue’s pedestal. The poem closes:

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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!

 

The Statue of Liberty was designated as a National Monument in 1924 during the Calvin Coolidge administration.

 

Oddly, you have to look pretty hard on the official Statue of Liberty website to find the text of the poem, or even very much discussion of it.

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LetFreedomRing

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"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!"

 

Therefor because of the inscription on the statue of liberty put there by another country, progressives / socialists want us to believe it means the United States sovereign borders must be open to all and anyone who wants to enter and stay here regardless of how it affects our country and it's citizenry.  Many misguided citizens actually believe this is federal policy or law, part of the one world government indoctrination that began years ago.  If I had my druthers, the inscription would be removed and a patriotic inscription for our country and citizens replace it.

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Its probably at the time, we took a huge amount of immigrants, to why its in-scripted there. But defiantly agree @ LetFreedomRing , that we need a more honest message there now. Since times have changed. We are not as young as we used to be. And we still take in more than we need.

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3 minutes ago, CaptObvious said:

Its probably at the time, we took a huge amount of immigrants, to why its in-scripted there. But defiantly agree @ LetFreedomRing , that we need a more honest message there now. Since times have changed. We are not as young as we used to be. And we still take in more than we need.

 

 

My point exactly!  Something like "A beacon of Freedom for all the world yada yada yada.."  Not stating we will take any and everyone in regardless of the circumstances and situation.  Every leftist and communist that wants us to have totally open borders points to that inscription and brainwashes Joe and Jane public into thinking it's mandated somehow.  

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8 minutes ago, LetFreedomRing said:

Every leftist and communist that wants us to have totally open borders points to that inscription

Well of course they do. Look at any Great Empire as such in history. You know what one of the key features they had before they fell. When there were more foreigners in their cities then citizens. Going to Rome, and not seeing any Romans, imagine that. Unsecured borders lead to... failure, poverty, and the down fall of a nation. Keep in mind I have no issue with controlled immigration, where you come, integrate and live happy and free. But if we only have 10 slots on the team, and 15 people show up and expect that same treatment.... well we only have enough for 10. Anyways to keep from rambling, I will leave it there for now.

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On 10/30/2020 at 10:49 AM, CaptObvious said:

Well of course they do. Look at any Great Empire as such in history. You know what one of the key features they had before they fell. When there were more foreigners in their cities then citizens. Going to Rome, and not seeing any Romans, imagine that. Unsecured borders lead to... failure, poverty, and the down fall of a nation. Keep in mind I have no issue with controlled immigration, where you come, integrate and live happy and free. But if we only have 10 slots on the team, and 15 people show up and expect that same treatment.... well we only have enough for 10. Anyways to keep from rambling, I will leave it there for now.

 

 

My point exactly!  My wife is a naturalized U.S. Citizen and she is just as adamantly opposed to fully open borders and uncontrolled / unchecked immigration as I am, especially "illegal aliens".  People who are in this country against our immigration laws are "illegal aliens",  not "undocumented migrants".  Migrants are here legally, people here illegally are breaking our laws and they are "illegal aliens".  My wife came here and became a U.S. citizen the legal and proper way! 

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