(2007-01-04) Remember this symbol of freedom to arriving immigrants? My ancestors were proud to come to America. They followed the rules, learned an entirely new language, assimilated to the best of their ability, worked hard, raised their children, paid taxes, and passed away. Their children, following in that example, followed the rules, worked hard, raised their children, paid taxes and passed away. New times necessitate a new form of assimilation, I guess. The country was proud when President Ronald Reagan said these words announcing the restoration of this symbol:
But our national character is based on a common identity with a single ideal, a shared value that overcomes our differences and unites us as a people. What has made us a nation is our love of liberty and our realization that we’re part of a great historic venture, an experiment in freedom to test the ability of people to live together in freedom, respecting the rights of others and expecting that our rights, in turn, will be respected.
Why keep pretending? If our rights as citizens are no longer going to be respected, why should we keep a hollow symbol in a harbor in New York?