Free Lady Liberty

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Free Lady Liberty! Remove the Lazarus poem "The New Colossus" from the Statue of Liberty to restore her original meaning.

The Statue of Liberty is a monument dedicated to freedom and liberty and never meant that foreigners have the unconditional right to violate America's immigration laws. Probably the most misunderstood image in America she is burdened with more wrong ideas than any other symbol in our history. Lady Liberty was never designed as a welcome mat for immigrants. Yet open border advocates have hijacked her!

The statue is at heart a revolutionary symbol for the oppressed to throw off their chains and create their own democracy under law. The real name of the statue is "Liberty Enlightening the World" which states the true meaning. Indeed, the sculptor's intent was for the statue to inspire millions around the world to emulate the freedom of the United States, not to leave home and come here.

The Emma Lazarus poem, "The New Colossus" which is a hymn to immigration, is not inscribed on the base of the statue, as some would have us believe, and has no connection at all with the original vision. The poem's inclusion was a completely separate event, dedicated by some friends of the poet in 1903 after her death.

The Statue of Liberty's intent to inspire people to build their own democratic societies is even more important now that the planet is home to over six billion persons. The huddled masses cannot all be saved by immigration to America. The rescue paradigm of immigration is clearly no longer appropriate, if it ever was. In fact, the "wretched refuse of your teeming shore" threatens to become a permanent underclass.

The Lazarus poem should be removed from Bedloe Island and banished to a dark corner of the Smithsonian as an artifact of another time.