Liberals Using Historic Poem to Justify Open Borders

You know America is in a world of hurt when people start believing that poems justify federal and international policies and that’s what is happening in America today.

Democrats have turned to another act of desperation to explain their desire to destroy everything America has stood for over the past 240 years.

In their argument for open borders, some Democrats have turned to the bronze plaque on the base of the Statue of Liberty that contains lines from Emma Lazarus’ poem the New Colossus, which speak of giving us your tired, your poor and huddled masses, as reason why America should have an open border policy.

( – Once again liberals are claiming that the airy poem — “give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” — on the Statue of Liberty means that America is all about open borders and untrammeled immigration. But the truth is, that nice little poem has always been practically meaningless where it comes to our border policies.

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The poem was originally only tangentially connected to the famed Statue of Liberty. Emma Lazarus, who wrote “The New Colossus” in 1883, donated the poem to an auction of art and literary works conducted by the Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund to raise cash for the Statue of Liberty. It was then forgotten for a time.

It’s a nice little collection of lines:

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Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame…

It’s only fitting that today’s Democrats would turn to Lazarus’ poem to justify their cause. Lazarus was a huge advocate of what was known as Georgist economic principles, one of which was that all land should be equally owned by all people – a pre-socialist philosophy that has become a core tenant of socialism today.



Dave Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.
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