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Obama/CPUSA And The Statue Of Liberty

Here is an excerpt from the last few paragraphs of the Communist Party’s glowing review of Mr. Obama’s amnesty speech yesterday, via the CPUSA’s Peoples World (formerly the Daily Worker):

Obama tackles immigration reform

July 1 2010

… It’s not just political or economic, it’s also a moral and compassionate issue, [President Obama] said. Using vivid American imagery, Obama invoked the history of the Statue of Liberty and of Emma Lazarus, an American poet whose family roots reach back to colonial days and the forced migration of Jewish Europeans, fleeing persecution. Lazarus wrote "The New Colossus," the iconic poem that is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Ms. Lazarus’ poem is not engraved on the base of the Statue Of Liberty. It was put on a plaque in 1903 that resides on a wall in an exhibition hall inside the pedestal.

The CPUSA leaves out some of the claims that Mr. Obama made about Emma Lazarus and her poem. (Perhaps even they were embarrassed at his misrepresentations of the statue’s history.) But we will include some more of what Mr. Obama said here:

It was at this time that a young woman named Emma Lazarus, whose own family fled persecution from Europe generations earlier, took up the cause of these new immigrants. Although she was a poet, she spent much of her time advocating for better health care and housing for the newcomers

This is quite a stretch. As the only one job that Ms. Lazarus ever seemed to have besides writing poetry, was in the winter of 1882, when some Ashkenazy Jews emigrated to New York, and Ms. Lazarus taught them classes in technical education to help them become self-supporting.

Which is not quite the same thing as spending “much of her time advocating for better health care and housing.” But maybe that is a natural mistake for a community organizer to make.

And inspired by what she saw and heard, she wrote down her thoughts and donated a piece of work to help pay for the construction of a new statue — the Statue of Liberty — which actually was funded in part by small donations from people across America.

Actually, the statue was paid for by the French. Only the pedestal was paid for by Americans. And it was funded by donations large and small from across America via a fund started by a US Senator and promoted by Joseph Pulitzer.

Ms. Lazarus (somewhat reluctantly) donated a poem, which was auctioned off and bought by  a presumably rich person, and the proceeds went to help finish the pedestal.

Years before the statue was built

Ms. Lazarus wrote "The New Colossus" in 1883. The construction of the statue was completed in France in July 1884. The right arm and the torch, which were completed earlier, had been exhibited at the (Declaration Of Independence) Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, and thereafter at Madison Square in New York City.

[Y]ears before it would be seen by throngs of immigrants craning their necks skyward at the end of long and brutal voyage, years before it would come to symbolize everything that we cherish — she imagined what it could mean

She imagined the sight of a giant statue at the entry point of a great nation -– but unlike the great monuments of the past, this would not signal an empire.  Instead, it would signal one’s arrival to a place of opportunity and refuge and freedom.

That might be what Ms. Lazarus imagined, but it was never the intention of the creators of the statue.

And thanks to exhibition of the torch in Philadelphia and New York City and the news media of the day, the meaning of the Statue Of Liberty was well known to all informed Americans of the day.

It was never meant to be a statue celebrating immigration. It was meant to be a celebration of the centennial of the signing of the Declaration Of Independence and our republican form of government.

It was intended to be a statue of the embodiment of Liberty, just as its name implies. In it, Liberty, who, having cast off her chains with the Declaration of Independence, strides forward from America to light the world with the torch of freedom.

“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand,” she wrote,

“A mighty woman with a torch…
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome…
Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! …
Give me your tired, and your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free [sic]

The line is actually “breathe free.”

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Let us remember these words. For it falls on each generation to ensure that that lamp -– that beacon -– continues to shine as a source of hope around the world, and a source of our prosperity here at home.

The CPUSA goes on to say:

The president, like the Statue of Liberty and Lazarus’ poem, appeals to the best of America.

As the fight for immigration reform heats up, the meaning behind the Statue of Liberty is something we should all keep in mind.

Indeed, we should keep "the meaning behind the Statue of Liberty" in mind. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, the CPUSA is just as misleading about the Statue Of Liberty’s original meaning as is Mr. Obama.

The Statue Of Liberty is a celebration of freedom and our republican form of government. It was intended to be a reminder that we are a nation of laws, not men.

Indeed, in the statue Liberty is facing and striding directly towards France. All of which was part of the design, since the statue was originally conceived by the French to remind their countrymen of their own revolution – which, of course, was inspired by ours.

For in the France of the 1870s many were afraid that their nation might relapse into a monarchy, or a Napoleon-like dictatorship — or even fall for the new lure of Communism/socialism.

A fear many in our own country share today.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama/CPUSA And The Statue Of Liberty”

  1. proreason says:

    In 1992, the KGB was already declaring that a man named Barack was going to be president.

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Sometimes I feel like the undertaker in The Godfather, I have to use all my skills…

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Illigal immigration and our President is a pure JOKE!

    Why is the President so against to “sealing” off the southern border and finish building the fence? Could it be because he himself is an illegal alien to this country?


    and in his own words:

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    US War of Independence, ca: 1776

    French Revolution, ca: 1789

    US enjoys 230 years of relatively uninterrupted capitalism, becoming the world’s only free superpower and the ONLY superpower to remain into the 2000’s.

    France enjoys various trial-and-error governments, dabbling in this and that, then an occupation by fascists, and, not learning from that lesson, largely embrace socialism into the 1960’s, 70’s and into today resulting in high tax rates, value-added taxes, and their current debacle, rampant immigration from muslims.

    They try to embrace “fair and equitable” without realizing that the government cannot be responsible for everyone. But, like other European nations, they are coming to realize it.

    Therefore their mocking of the US system is now slowly turning out to be a fool’s errand and they are re-examining their system. Many of their citizens are angry as the entitlements run out.

    Oddly, tourism is a huge portion of their economy reaping billions every year.

    The United States, on the other hand, is now starting to embrace socialism. Not through any large movement by the people, mind you, but pretty much as a sole venture by the government. Its elected officials have seen how well the leaders of such nations do, and, thinking for themselves only, are trying to garner as much power and money as they can before the whole thing collapses.

    But US Citizens are curiously independent by nature and, to a lesser extent in recent generations, more cynical and less trusting of government. Many have said, “It’s in our genes” due to the way we kicked England off our land in the 1700’s.

    We especially hate being told what to do.

    So, the next few months and years will prove to be interesting.

  5. canary says:

    Mark Levin’s best on open borders & below Obama makes it clear our world


    Obama to Mexico’s visiting president: “Finally, Mr. President, you’re visit speaks to a visit of our times in North America AND OUR WORLD in the 21st century, WE ARE DEFINED NOT BY OUR BORDERS, but by our BONDS.


    “An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes” – Thomas Jefferson

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