Everyone in America with an opinion knows exactly what the Founding Fathers were thinking back in the day. -Me
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Maybe we need a new “The New Colossus”
While the title of this post suggests maybe it’s about the 2015 movie of the same name, that theme was about bringing the dead back to life. In this case it’s more about.. well.. bringing life back to the metaphorically dead. Cutesy word play aside, I am talking about the recent changes to the immigration rules made public by the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli.
Seems in the current administration’s universal way of introducing new changes to anything and not being able to communicate it with a degree of humane optimism, Cuccinelli rather decided to answer a question posed to him by a reporter regarding the restrictions posed by this new citizenship ruling in a way to piss off the humane among us even further.
“Would you also agree that Emma Lazarus’s words etched on the Statue of Liberty, ‘Give me your tired, give me your poor,’ are also a part of the American ethos?” NPR’s Rachel Martin asked Cuccinelli on “Morning Edition” in an interview published Tuesday.
“They certainly are: ‘Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge,'” he replied. “That plaque was put on the Statue of Liberty at almost the same time as the first public charge was passed — very interesting timing.”
While there are any number of preferably worded responses Cuccinelli could have used it follows suit with Trump imposing his various policy changes as if he were shoving it right up your backside and suggesting you just f*** off, shut up, and deal with it. So, now the press has it like a dog pulling on a knotted rag. You can read the press report HERE.
In the meantime, 90% of America has no perspective on exactly what this new ruling is all about other than what the press dogs are presenting. So.. I came across a site that has explained all this very well and I encourage the reader to read it. HERE
Let’s Explore A Little Beyond All The Hype
I have often presented my own opinion that the Constitution was meant to be a dynamic document; meant by the Founding Fathers to be adaptable to change with the changing times of the future and flexible to meet unknown future events. It has always been perceived as a kind of an “experiment in democracy”. The nature of experimentation is to change and adapt and evolve, to prove or disprove a theory. Yet there are those Constitutional purists.. Libertarians, present day Conservatives, etc., who feel that what the Founding Fathers set down to parchment was in fact gospel; not to be modified, changed, or interpreted any different than its static intent. The obvious problem with that concept is that people tend to interpret things differently.. and it certainly doesn’t help much when the document has (quite successfully) lasted through the ages to the point where the original grammar, wording and terminology, and language nuances of the day have changed from the current way we speak and write and assign context. The Supreme Court is supposed to be the final authority on that… but they also are simply human with their own biases and life experiences which can also affect interpretation. But someone must accept the responsibility of being the final say… or we go nowhere.
My point in bringing up the idea of the Constitution being a changing dynamic is exactly the same as the changing demographic of America itself over the last couple of centuries. Fast forward 100 years from the Founding Fathers… to 1883 when Emma Lazarus first penned “The New Colossus” in which those famous words reside, and the times in which the Statue of Liberty was created. To put it simply.. we were still in the not yet waning days of the Wild West.. cowboys & Indians. Consider this sampling of events in those days to provide a timeline perspective…
- Sitting Bull and his band of 200 Native Americans finally surrendered to the government in 1881.. just two years before Emma’s poem.
- Bill the Kid was shot and killed in 1881 by Sheriff Garrett.. just two years before Emma’s poem.
- Wyatt Earp’s gunfight at the OK corral was in October, 1881… two years before Emma’s poem.
- Chinese Exclusion Act , in 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years..,. one year before Emma’s poem.
- The end of the Civil War was just 18 years before Emma’s poem (by comparison, 9/11 was just 18 years ago).
- The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883.. same year as Emma’s poem.
- Oklahoma Land Rush was six years AFTER Emma’s poem.
- The Massacre at Wounded Knee was six years AFTER Emma wrote her poem.
- There were only 38 states in the Union in 1883. The rest were territories.
My point here… we were still a nation open to settling the great open spaces west of the Mississippi… and a nation of growing industrial strength in the East. It was this world of which Emma wrote about; it was this spirit of a New World open for those with the determination and tenacity to carve a place for themselves and not be under the threat of governmental persecution.
Now we’ve grown from a national population of some 30 million at the time of the Civil War to nearly 330 million.. and the “wide open spaces” and the Wild West are not available for staking your claim anymore. There are no more “territories” but rather 50 states now. This has changed the dynamic of some of our most valued American precepts.. among which is the idea of controlling immigration. The survivability of any nation depends on an immigration policy that is far less about accepting certain racial stereotypes and job occupations, and far more about the statistics in meeting social stability and aging parameters that can affect the working force and maintain balance in proper population growth to the changing death rates vs. birth rates. In the end it’s about making sure the economics of the nation remain positive to the labor force able to sustain it. Yes.. it’s a numbers game coupled with the extension of our moral fiber as Americans in allowing that pioneer spirit to continue to flourish.. when in fact, the reality has faded away with time in spite of our American spirit being part of our collective soul.
I often make mention that it’s population growth, pure and simple, that will be the world challenge in the future. Unless nature intervenes with some natural calamity, loathsome disease, or man-made mass conflagration or economic collapse, or some composite of all the above… the population is going to grow even greater. We need to control our immigration by the numbers.. and set policies of accepting who should be in those numbers. Those policies should be applied in the spirit of what America was intended to be… and most importantly, humanely. Political shifts of the world’s populations in the form of refugees must be limited using politics and if necessary, military intervention… on a global scale.
The increases in population world wide will affect global weather… which will affect resources to sustain the populations… which will affect political moods… and people are going to want to go where they can survive. Best we learn that right now.. than at the point of a crisis “gun” when our options are significantly limited.
Don’t be fooled by the news using Emma’s words as yet another arrow aimed at the Trump administration… and don’t be fooled by the fake fear promoted by Trump so that he can impose his biases. This cannot be about emotion-of-the-moment or racial bias. This new immigration rule is built on fear of another part of humanity. The fear is actually when we lose sight of who we were and who we are… and deciding who we want to be.
We are, and have always been, a nation in transition… and our laws need to transition with us. We should not look at it as “changing” the Constitution, but rather building upon it in the manner for which it was designed.
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