Unfortunately, the left has fallen prey to the belief that many Americans hold, which is that Lady Liberty has something to do with immigration; that is just not at all the case. The Statue of Liberty represents Libertas, Roman goddess of Liberty. The words on it were to commemorate July 4th, 1776.
The famous poem that does refer to immigration was a part of a poem called The New Colossus, and it included the lines, “Give me your tired, give me your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” The poem was not part of the creation of the Statue of Liberty and was not delivered with the Statue of Liberty. It was written by Emma Lazarus as a part of a contest to help raise money for the statue’s pedestal. A bronze tablet bearing the Emma Lazarus poem was only put inside the pedestal in 1903. After it opened in 1886
RUSH LIMBAUGH CALLED OUT OBAMA ON HIS LIES ABOUT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY:
There ya go!
THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED ON THE HISTORY OF THE STATUE…A left-leaning twist mixed with facts..
When the Goddess of Liberty was given to the United States, its donor’s agenda was to burnish France’s republican roots after the oppressive reign of Napoleon III and to celebrate the two nations’ commitment to the principles of liberty.
The only immigrants mentioned at the dedication in 1886 were the “illustrious descendants of the French nobility” who fought on behalf of the United States against Britain during the American Revolution.
THE TIMES TRIES TO MAKE IT ABOUT IMMIGRATION…IT’S NOT!
IT’S A POEM…NOT A POLICY FOR IMMIGRATION!
But it was the words of a fourth-generation American whose father was a wealthy sugar refiner and whose great-great-uncle welcomed George Washington to Newport, R.I., that almost single-handedly transformed the monumental statue in New York Harbor into the “Mother of Exiles” that would symbolically beckon generations of immigrants.
Barry Moreno, a historian of the statue for the National Park Service, recalled that it “was never built for immigrants.”
“It was,” he recalled, “built to pay tribute to the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence, American democracy, and democracy throughout the world. It honored the end of slavery, honored the end of all sorts of tyranny and also friendship between France and America.”
THE LEFT HIJACKS THE MEANING OF THE STATUE:
Only later, he added, “letters were written home, word of mouth, taught people that you would see this wonderful goddess in New York Harbor when you arrived in America to welcome you.”
“And she became really famous among immigrants,” he recalled. “And it was really immigrants that lifted her up to a sort of a glory that was probably before America really fully embraced her.”
Lazarus, who popularized that “wonderful goddess,” accepted the commission only begrudgingly — few poets relish the idea of writing on demand. But she was stirred by a wave of pogroms against -Jews- in Russia and by her regular visits to poor immigrants housed in temporary shelters on Wards Island. She would make “The New Colossus” the first entry in a compendium of poems she anthologized shortly before her death from Hodgkin’s disease at 38 in 1887.
Stephen Miller got the best of Acosta when he schooled him on the Statue of Liberty!