Drlee wrote:The thing about Republicans these days is that they simply believe it is fine to talk when they know nothing about their subject. Of course I am certain that Hindsite has never actually read the sonnet and even if he did would not get the references. Maybe I am wrong. Naaa.
Maybe he does understand that the Statue of Liberty was built well over a decade before the sonnet was written, and that the Statue of Liberty was not built to commemorate or encourage immigration in any way. Rather it is a Roman goddess, Libertas, and commemorates the Declaration of Independence and secondarily the end of slavery. It never was about open borders. In fact, during its construction, the US passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. It was the first law banning a specific ethnic group or national origin from emigrating to the United States. Grover Cleveland was president when the Statue of Liberty was completed, and he signed the Page Act prohibiting Chinese women from emigrating to the United States. Chinese exclusion was repealed in 1943 under Roosevelt, when it the US finally decided to allow 105 Chinese people a year to emigrate to the US. Like today, it was working class whites and labor unions who were pushing the immigration restrictions. Emma Lazarus' poem wasn't added to the inside of the statue's base until 1903, and she was more particularly concerned with the plight of Ashkenazy Jews in Russia.