This morning I went out to shoot some 4th of July activities on America’s Northcoast. I planned to feature some of them on today’s blog posting but on the way home listened to a a recording of a Walter Cronkite program on PBS about the Statue of Liberty. I decided instead to pull up a photo of the statue that I took back in 2003. The PBS program was facinating, explaining among other things that Emma Lazarus’ words;
“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!”
reflected the thoughts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, all of whom stated that the United States of America must be an asylum for all of the oppressed from throughout the world. Let us not forget that. We want it to be legal immigration of course, but let us not fear the open door that allowed all of us with the exception of the Native Americans, who were already here, to make new lives for ourselves and our families in the “land of the free.”
Back to today, here’s a photo from America’s Northcoast this morning.