Saturday, January 28, 2017

Not like the brazen giant

“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!” — Emma Lazarus

HOW IRONIC that the first words of the sonnet
Emma Lazarus wrote in 1883 to raise money for the pedestal on which the Statue of Liberty sits and that are engraved upon a bronze plaque mounted inside the pedestal's lower level are: "Not like the brazen giant." Because that's who we have occupying the White House. (Find the entire poem below.)

Friday, January 27, 2017 the brazen giant, the one who thinks he's king, signed an executive order to suspend resettlement of Syrian refugees and temporarily ban people from seven predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the United States

Paul and I are stunned. We're heartsick. This isn't the America its founders sought
, crossing oceans to get here, or the one they fought for. And it's not the one our antecedents, yours and
mine, were seeking when they came here. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants! If you're not Native American, your forebears immigrated.

The irony again, the hypocrisy, is of course that the brazen giant's own mother was an immigrant, as are two of his three wives! And to underscore his heartlessness and ignorance, he signed the order on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Here's the other dark and unscrupulous thing about the action he's taken: no Muslim extremist from any of the seven countries he's targeted — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — has carried out a fatal attack in the US in more than two decades. 

The 19 terrorists in the September 11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, but he-who-shall-not-be-named isn't banning immigrants from there.

The difference? HWSNBN only targeted countries where he as no business interests, while he left all the 
Muslim-majority nations he does business with out of the ban and unaffected.

What do you expect from a psychopathic, narcissistic tyrant?

Here's an excerpt from the January 28 New York Times Editorial Board editorial:

“It took just hours to begin witnessing the injury and suffering this ban inflicts on families that had every reason to believe they had outrun carnage and despotism in their homelands to arrive in a singularly hopeful nation.

The first casualties of this bigoted, cowardly, self-defeating policy were detained early Saturday at American airports just hours after the executive order, ludicrously titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” went into effect. A federal judge in Brooklyn on Saturday evening issued an emergency stay, ordering that those stuck at the airports not be returned to their home countries. But their future and the future of all the others subject to the executive order is far from settled.”

In response, spontaneous protests materialized in airports from New York's JFK to SeaTac Airport in Washington state. Here's a brief, on-the-spot description from my trusted, decades-long friend Bill Arthur:

“Came into SeaTac Airport from Boise tonight to chants of ‘no hatred, no fear, immigrants welcome here!’ Several thousand people marching to support freedom and immigration and opposition to Trump and his actions. Damn proud of my community!”

And please, watch the video at at the very bottom of this post.

JFK Airport; New York Times photo

JFK Airport; New York Times photo

SeaTac Airport: Photo courtesy of Bill Arthur

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Kelly! This is powerful and heart wrenching and necessary. Our hearts should be helping, not hurting - but we resent those in need now. We spit on the homeless right in our neighborhoods. We look at those escaping terrorism as terrorists. Our value system is BROKEN! We brush off American kids shooting other kids or their parents but freak out at those who don't speak our language, who dress and eat differently and conveniently forget that those escaping terror are the least likely to cause it.