Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Lost, the Unlucky, the Disenfranchised

Several things have come up.

The thing of peculiar interest has to do with the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

It reads thus:
Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses
yearning to breathe freee,
the wretched refuse of
your teeming shore.
Send those the homeless tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Lady Liberty
President Trump is now wanting to evoke new limits on those wishing to come to America to live. Trump wants skilled immigrants who have already mastered English to be those who are allowed to come to America and have an opportunity to gain American citizenship. THIS, as opposed to [quoting the poem] the "wretched refuse," or "tempest tossed."

It has all been a big issue of the day in Washington D.C.

There is a big mistake that Trump and his cronies in the White House are making. We don't have any particular need for so-called skilled employees in this country. We have the people already who can fill all the job positions in America. And, in the not-far-distant future computers and robots will all be doing our work for us.

Now, I am not saying that more people coming to the U.S.A. to live isn't a good thing. Let them come and find their place. What I AM SAYING is that a wild variety of people is what every country needs to maximize the excellence of the nation, as a whole. "Variety" is the "secret sauce" of evolution that creates ever-better people and ever-better employees and ever-better human beings.

There is one particular word in the Lady Liberty poem that -- OF COURSE -- got my attention: "homeless."

"Send those the homeless tempest-tossed to me."

There are two homeless fellows who died sleeping outside City Hall. Mr. Steinberg, you have been a great disappointment. Pick up the pace or, please, step aside such that someone more formidable can carry the burdens and put many more tempest-tossed homeless folk into housing and into lives that are splendidly more ordinary.

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