These days the lamp beside the golden door is flickering, uniformly doused by the band of Republican presidential wannabes, their wildly applauding supporters at speeches and rallies, their cheerleaders on Fox News, and scattered Democrats, all of whom reject welcoming the wretched refuse of the teeming Syrian shore.
Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.
The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.