It seems that Donald Trump wants to prove that he is a big shot by preventing certain categories of people from migrating to the USA – especially Mexicans, Latinos, and citizens from a number of “Muslim” countries. In this context, we would like to say a few words about liberty as exemplified by Lady Liberty.
The Statue of Liberty, which stands in the Upper New York Bay, was developed as a sign of the friendship that emerged between the people of France and the United States during the American Revolution. It represents the mutual desire for liberty as expressed by both countries. The statue, which has been viewed by millions of newcomers and immigrants as they entered New York Harbour, has become a strong symbol of global friendship, freedom and democracy.
Lady Liberty, which takes after the Roman goddess of Liberty, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and erected in 1886. It is 305 feet and 1 inch from the ground to the tip of the flame.
Lady Liberty holds a golden torch in her right hand, representing enlightenment, and a tablet in her left hand. The tablet is engraved with the Roman numerals for 1776, the year the United States of America was founded and the Declaration of Independence written. Other notable features are the broken chains and shackle on the base of the statue, reminding visitors of Liberty’s triumphs over oppression.
Perhaps still more important in these troubled times, with Donald Trump as the U.S. President, is the inscription on the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty. This plaque carries the following lines from the poem “The New Colossus,” written by Emma Lazarus in 1883: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Amazing! May this bring some enlightenment to the mind of Mr Trump….
RAFAL (Royals & Friends Action Line)