Symbol of Freedom

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(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?

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3 Responses to “Symbol of Freedom”

  1. puleeze Says:

    The Pulchritudinous Patriot here…

    She is a symbol of more than we can ever know. Freedom being one? Can you imagine a world without her?

    My ancestors came as Hugenots, way before She was gifted to us by France, but my founders still had the dream that She represents.

    As do the majority of those who come here as well.

    Now I DO NOT agree with illegal immigration… I believe that they are seeking to take back what we won from them in a fair battle, but I also don’t believe that all who come here seek to destroy us.

  2. Karridine Says:

    Ma’am, agree with you, but please give Americans a chance to recall what IS important, and WHY she symbolizes so much shared good for us all…

    A heart beats and rests, beats and rests… America, too, is challenged, responds, is challenged and responds to that challenge…

    If we jump to dump that most beauteous Lady Liberty, we deny ourselves the chance to learn once again (even if the hard way), WHY she is so important, and WHY Liberty is so closely associated with Personal Responsibility!

    My ancestor captained the third boat into the Georgias Colonies… decades later, an ancestor of mine signed the Declaration; and I had family on BOTH sides of the Civil War…

    Even now, I have learned a new language (Thai) and assimilated over here, as Americans are wont to do… So I’m with you: Those who want NO BORDER should live their convictions and remove their own skin!

    A border, like skin, is here for a reason!

  3. Antibush Says:

    Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. What do you think? What is he doing to us, and what is he doing to the world?
    What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

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