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There are a number of plaques on the Statue of Liberty, such as this one commemorating the important role of Freemasons in the statue’s history, and another from the Boy Scouts. Most of these plaques have of course never been assumed by anyone to be the law of the land.

But one plaque bearing a poem by Emma Lazarus, added 17 years after the Goddess of Liberty’s opening, has been retconned into displacing the real meaning of the Statue of Liberty, making it into a Statue of Immigration. It’s remarkable how many people in positions of influence seem to think Emma Lazarus’s poem is the Zeroth Amendment to the Bill of Rights:

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Similarly, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright today thundered:

There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty.

The President should consider dedicating a new plaque at the Statue of Liberty that is truer to its original purpose. One possibility would be excerpts from the once-immensely famous Independence Day oration by John Quincy Adams. Here are lengthier excerpts that could be drawn upon:

From The American Conservative:

On July 4, 1821, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams delivered an historic address on U.S. foreign policy. After reading the full text of the Declaration of Independence, he continued:

… From the day of this declaration, the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire, imploring justice and mercy from an inexorable master in another hemisphere. … They were a nation, asserting as of right, and maintaining by war, its own existence. A nation was born in a day. …

The Declaration of Independence pronounced the irrevocable decree of political separation, between the United States and their people on the one part, and the British king, government, and nation on the other. … But there was no anarchy.

From the day of the Declaration, the people of the North American union, and of its constituent states, were associated bodies of civilized men and Christians, in a state of nature, but not of anarchy. They were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct. They were bound by the principles which they themselves had proclaimed in the declaration. They were bound by all those tender and endearing sympathies, the absence of which, in the British government and nation, towards them, was the primary cause of the distressing conflict in which they had been precipitated by the headlong rashness and unfeeling insolence of their oppressors. They were bound by all the beneficent laws and institutions, which their forefathers had brought with them from their mother country, not as servitudes but as rights. They were bound by habits of hardy industry, by frugal and hospitable manners, by the general sentiments of social equality, by pure and virtuous morals; and lastly they were bound by the grappling-hooks of common suffering under the scourge of oppression. Where then, among such a people, were the materials for anarchy! Had there been among them no other law, they would have been a law unto themselves.

They had before them in their new position, besides the maintenance of the independence which they had declared, three great objects to attain; the first, to cement and prepare for perpetuity their common union and that of their posterity; the second, to erect and organize civil and municipal governments in their respective states: and the third, to form connections of friendship and of commerce with foreign nations. …

And now … inquire, what has America done for the benefit of mankind?

… She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations, while asserting and maintaining her own. …

Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit. …

Her glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of mind. She has a spear and a shield; but the motto upon her shield is Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth president of the United States (1825-1829).

It’s almost as if the Statue of Liberty weren’t really all about Invade the World, Invite the World.

(In reality, the Statue of Liberty is about Freemasonry.)

Or Trump could put up a screen playing this:

 
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  1. The “tired ,wretched” plaque should be removed and thrown into the mid-Atlantic ocean. The Jews didn’t pay for the statue or the base. They just appropriated the thing after others paid for it. Typical behavior of the Jews.

    It should be replaced with something simple that states what the true purpose of the statue was. That all the world look at the statue as a symbol of freedom. Freedom like we used to have.

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  2. I think Trump should make amends with Megyn Kelley by proposing a sign that says:

    “Gimme your fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”

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  3. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

    She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit. …

    Every Secretary of State should have to memorize this part…..

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  4. The United States is closed indefinitely for renovation.

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  5. You don’t own us.

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    Because we live here.
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  6. How about: “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

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  7. Would Trump have the legal authority to remove the Emma Lazurus poem from the Statue of Liberty? What would be the downside of doing so and explaining the history to the public?

    In what way could it still be said that the Statue of Liberty is “the unofficial greeter of incoming immigrants?” They no longer come to Ellis Island by ship. Trump could explain the Statue is being updated to reflect changing times, isn’t that what progressives always want anyway?

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    "What would be the downside of doing so and explaining the history to the public?"
     
    He should just say he's moving it to where the immigrants are: JFK airport. And remind everyone that it's the Statue of LIBERTY, not of Immigration.

    That fits in a 140 character tweet, right?
    , @Bill Jones
    Yes, he does have the authority.

    It's a creature of the National Parks Service.

    https://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/historyculture/places_restoring.htm
    , @Pericles
    Lucky thing that no dastardly anonymoi remove the plaque, or perhaps even replace it.
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  8. “But one plaque bearing a poem by Emma Lazarus, added 17 years after the Goddess of Liberty’s opening.”

    And 20 years after Emma Lazarus’ death. She never knew that her poem ended up on the statue.

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  9. @J1234
    You don't own us.

    Because we live here.

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    • Replies: @Henry Bowman
    This is a great line and mindset for the New Right.
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  10. Has anyone ever really taken stock of the ethnocentric vanity that comes with inflating the time, place, and circumstances when your own ancestors immigrated to a country that already was in existence into being the effective defining moment of that country’s entire existence? It’s essentially to say that nothing much of importance happened until your people got there. I really do think that if you were to hear honestly from people who identify strongly with Ellis Island mythology, that would be what they think about the United States, that it basically “came into being” sometime around 1880.

    Ironically, they would probably tell anyone who’s ancestors came before theirs that “they were immigrants too and other people already lived here.” And also would probably tell everyone else “don’t worry about all these new immigrants pouring in, they won’t change anything much.”

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    "Ironically, they would probably tell anyone who’s ancestors came before theirs that “they were immigrants too and other people already lived here.”
     
    Based on the Ellis Island website, that is essentially what they say about immigration.

    http://libertyellisfoundation.org/immigration-timeline

    I would bet more white Americans come from pre-Revolutionary War founding stock settlers then come from Ellis Island immigrants.
    , @IndieRafael
    Yes. The immigrants must respect the earlier settlers.

    Half of my roots came through Ellis Island and all of my blood came through New York harbor in the 20th Century. I enjoy visiting the Ellis Island museum. But families like mine must acknowledge we joined a going concern, a country built by settlers. The pioneer/settler myth has gone out of style and should be restored to its rightful place.
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  11. No Vacancy

    Closed for Repairs Until Further Notice
    For Trade Inquiries, Contact cbp.gov

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  12. I always thought it would have been cool if the Statue of Liberty were in the middle of Central Park. It would have been right near Trump tower.

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    Not really. The park's much longer N-S than E-W, and Trump Tower's a few blocks south. But it's a very long few blocks, especially now.
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  13. No Vacancy!

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  14. Reading John Quincy Adams makes one reflect: For so many years Americans have said “They don’t make them like they used to”. The depth and clarity of thought of those early generations reflect a different era, to which we may and should continue to look to for inspiration.

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  15. Trump should look to Bart Simpson for inspiration

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  16. Sold Out

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  18. Yes, it’s entitled “Liberty Enlightening the Earth” (French: La Liberté éclairant le monde), not “Liberty Inviting All the Earth”

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  19. What’s going on here?

    Even Liberal urban dwellers are sick of antifa and SJW’s messing things up and cheering the police for restoring order?

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    Best episode of Portlandia ever!
    , @anonguy
    That's only a couple of blocks from my office.
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  20. Reading Adams’s speech is like glimpsing the portrait of Dorian Gray.

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  21. @Barnard
    Would Trump have the legal authority to remove the Emma Lazurus poem from the Statue of Liberty? What would be the downside of doing so and explaining the history to the public?

    In what way could it still be said that the Statue of Liberty is "the unofficial greeter of incoming immigrants?" They no longer come to Ellis Island by ship. Trump could explain the Statue is being updated to reflect changing times, isn't that what progressives always want anyway?

    “What would be the downside of doing so and explaining the history to the public?”

    He should just say he’s moving it to where the immigrants are: JFK airport. And remind everyone that it’s the Statue of LIBERTY, not of Immigration.

    That fits in a 140 character tweet, right?

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  22. @Thomas
    Has anyone ever really taken stock of the ethnocentric vanity that comes with inflating the time, place, and circumstances when your own ancestors immigrated to a country that already was in existence into being the effective defining moment of that country's entire existence? It's essentially to say that nothing much of importance happened until your people got there. I really do think that if you were to hear honestly from people who identify strongly with Ellis Island mythology, that would be what they think about the United States, that it basically "came into being" sometime around 1880.

    Ironically, they would probably tell anyone who's ancestors came before theirs that "they were immigrants too and other people already lived here." And also would probably tell everyone else "don't worry about all these new immigrants pouring in, they won't change anything much."

    “Ironically, they would probably tell anyone who’s ancestors came before theirs that “they were immigrants too and other people already lived here.”

    Based on the Ellis Island website, that is essentially what they say about immigration.

    http://libertyellisfoundation.org/immigration-timeline

    I would bet more white Americans come from pre-Revolutionary War founding stock settlers then come from Ellis Island immigrants.

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    And those of us who do still aren't all that sure about the Eye-talians, Jews, and non-Ulster Irish.

    That Hajnal Line cuts deep.
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  23. New plaque:

    “1964 called. They want their country back.”

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  24. Seriously speaking, I’d put up one memorializing the 100,000,000 victims of communism. Find a good quote or two from Havel or Solzhenitsyn about propaganda. Raise the funds for it in Brighton Beach synagogues, then put an acknowledgement thanking the list of synagogues at the bottom of the plaque.

    Ideally it could be placed next to Em’s, but as long as it’s big and obvious enough I think people will get the message.

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    Yes, open a Communist Holocaust Museum at the base.
    , @Pericles
    Or place it at the gates of Harvard.
    , @Mr Mack Bolan
    That number seems rather low. Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, the North Korean father and son team, Castro and all of the other South American freedom fighters who have come and gone over the years. Yeah probably need more zeros.
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  25. A nation exists to serve its citizens.

    From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.

    So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again.

    – Donald Trump, First Inaugural Address

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    That should replace the current eyesore, which should be melted down into medals for the Border Patrol and ICE agents.
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  26. Most of these plaques have of course never been assumed by anyone to be the law of the land.

    Funniest thing I’ve read this year!

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  27. We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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    1. That was my first thought. Just with "OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY" underlined, bold and italicized.

    2. Trump should put one of his own quotes on the statue, "YOU HAVE TO GO BACK."

    3. Remove Emma Lazarus' poem, replace with, "NICE TRY, (((SHLOMO)))."

    4. Smug Pepe.

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  28. @snorlax
    Seriously speaking, I'd put up one memorializing the 100,000,000 victims of communism. Find a good quote or two from Havel or Solzhenitsyn about propaganda. Raise the funds for it in Brighton Beach synagogues, then put an acknowledgement thanking the list of synagogues at the bottom of the plaque.

    Ideally it could be placed next to Em's, but as long as it's big and obvious enough I think people will get the message.

    Yes, open a Communist Holocaust Museum at the base.

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  29. One gets the feeling Steve could be warming up to Trump.

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  30. I think Trump should troll and trigger the left by picking an anti-immigration quote from Alexander Hamilton.

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  31. How Broadway’s Hamilton Demonstrates Feminist Delusions

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  32. For the new Statue of Liberty plaque

    Don’t Give us your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to make the big yanqui dollah,
    The wretched pobrecitos of your teeming favelas,
    barrios and remote Indian villages.
    Matter of fact, screw all ya border jumping leeches and parasites
    no matter where you were born!
    Solve your problems at home and leave us the heck alone.

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  34. ” Fuck off, we’re full”. :)

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  35. Perhaps John Quincy Adams is just a particularly good example, but the articulateness of politicians in the past is staggering. Can anyone imagine a politician today delivering that erudite a speech? I suppose that we see in leaders of the past the value of a classical education.

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    Years ago I thought that myself, even listening to Eisenhowers farewell address, compared to the drivel directed at us by todays politicians.
    , @Bill Jones
    I thought George Galloway was pretty good back in May 2005 when he ripped a new one for two Moron-American Senators about their lies in the Iraq war crime.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4LDQixpCa8
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  36. Trump should build a giant tanker, put lady liberty on it, and send her on a tour to all the huddled wretches around the world.

    Since she cares so much, she ought to go and help the world.

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  37. Trump being Trump, the only thing he will want on the statue is TRUMP.

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  38. Smart idea. Trump or affiliates in New Jersey (Chris Christie?) should change that plaque. It’s about time.

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  39. TRESSPASSERS WILL BE SHOT.

    SURVIVORS WILL BE PROSECUTED.

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  40. There’s more to the story! http://bit.ly/2k3hJIm

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  41. Trump has just banned Iranians from entering – Iranians have never gone crazy jihadi on US soil. But no ban on Saudis – who are responsible by far for the most terrorist deaths in the US.

    Given all that, perhaps the Statue of Liberty should be dressed like a beaten whore with a few dollars tucked into her g-string.

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    2001 all over again. Iranians should be our natural allies against the wahhabi.
    , @Pericles
    What is this, the mini-version of Invade Iran, Invite Iran? Let those Iranian students stay home and make Iran great again.

    (Saudis can stay gone too.)
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  42. Looking back, the final stretch of the 2016 election was like this:

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  43. I suggest the first US immigration law that said only white people of good character can immigrate.

    Alternatively Ben Franklin’s deliberations about whether Germans are white enough to be let in(yes, he really did speculate on that).

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  44. BYE FELICIA

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  45. “Gas, grass or ass, nobody rides for free” — Next to Donald Trump’s face wearing a pirates eye patch.

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  46. @Alastair Trumpington
    I always thought it would have been cool if the Statue of Liberty were in the middle of Central Park. It would have been right near Trump tower.

    Not really. The park’s much longer N-S than E-W, and Trump Tower’s a few blocks south. But it’s a very long few blocks, especially now.

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    Not really. The park’s much longer N-S than E-W, and Trump Tower’s a few blocks south. But it’s a very long few blocks, especially now.
     
    It's just two blocks, i.e., 528 feet.
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  47. Jocularly:

    This is America. We’re yuge. Best country in the world. Think you can get in here? Sad.

    Seriously:

    Why bother? It’s plaqued-up well enough. Was it Reagan who said the best government wouldn’t put up anything to be named after?

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  48. Just to ground that, yes, the neo-liberals do believe in the “Zeroth Amendment”:

    There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to people of all faiths & backgrounds. #RefugeesWelcomepic.twitter.com/4LvMiZTRJJ

    — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 25, 2017

    Madame Albright is willing to take it even one step further:

    I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.

    — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) January 25, 2017

    https://www.rt.com/usa/375152-albright-trump-muslims-immigration/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

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  49. @Opinionator

    We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
     

    1. That was my first thought. Just with “OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY” underlined, bold and italicized.

    2. Trump should put one of his own quotes on the statue, “YOU HAVE TO GO BACK.”

    3. Remove Emma Lazarus’ poem, replace with, “NICE TRY, (((SHLOMO))).”

    4. Smug Pepe.

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    This......I love the first idea.
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  50. (In reality, the Statue of Liberty is about Freemasonry.)

    I’m glad somebody else (“The Forward”) agrees with my assessment posted on iSteve some months ago. The Lazarus poem is clearly a re-purposing of the Statue of Liberty as beacon to Jews, declaring that they should see the US as a new homeland.

    I challenge anyone who disagrees to give a better explanation of the poem’s “golden door” than that it is the שער הרחמים–the “Gate of Mercy”–of Jerusalem.

    I hasten to add that I am in the “Derbryshire” faction of the dissident right. That is, the pro-Israel, philo-Semitic faction. But a spade is a spade.

    As per the rest of the post, I am concerned that JQA’s diction is incomprehensible to the majority of modern Americans, unlike Lazarus, who was writing at a level lower than him and for people closer to us in time.

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  51. @Anon
    What's going on here?

    Even Liberal urban dwellers are sick of antifa and SJW's messing things up and cheering the police for restoring order?

    https://youtu.be/NusnC-xYkR0

    Best episode of Portlandia ever!

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  52. The Albright Amendment: starve Muslims while inviting them in

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    The Albright Amendment: starve Muslims while inviting them in
     
    FTW
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  53. @SFG
    Not really. The park's much longer N-S than E-W, and Trump Tower's a few blocks south. But it's a very long few blocks, especially now.

    Not really. The park’s much longer N-S than E-W, and Trump Tower’s a few blocks south. But it’s a very long few blocks, especially now.

    It’s just two blocks, i.e., 528 feet.

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  54. “the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire”: that’s rather droll. In terms of acreage, the North American colonies were the great bulk of the empire. Still, you expect politicians to lie.

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    “the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire”: that’s rather droll. In terms of acreage, the North American colonies were the great bulk of the empire. Still, you expect politicians to lie.
     
    I gather that JQ Adams was speaking in terms of how the colonists were treated by the metropole. Note what follows:

    From the day of this declaration, the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire, imploring justice and mercy from an inexorable master in another hemisphere.
     
    Franklin used to voice similar notions, complaining about how the British elites did not grasp the importance of mainland North America, etc
    , @Bill Jones
    It's a lie and your lie joins his.
    1, the United States then did not include the Louisiana Purchase, Texas or Alaska, to say nothing of most of the West.
    2 Canada, far larger than the then US was still a "fragment of a distant Empire"
    3. India too was still, via the East India Company part of the Empire and was larger than the then US.
    4 The Status of the Mexican people remained unchanged. They were still a "fragment of a distant Empire: that of Spain..
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  55. @TelfoedJohn
    Trump has just banned Iranians from entering - Iranians have never gone crazy jihadi on US soil. But no ban on Saudis - who are responsible by far for the most terrorist deaths in the US.

    Given all that, perhaps the Statue of Liberty should be dressed like a beaten whore with a few dollars tucked into her g-string.

    2001 all over again. Iranians should be our natural allies against the wahhabi.

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  56. ANON • Disclaimer says:

    This poem is on a metal plaque. So, cut the rivets and remove it. It was never much as poetry, and as policy it is just plain stupid. Mr. Trump is clearly opposed to stupidity, so his action will make perfect sense.

    Put the plaque in a museum: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

    JPS

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    Sink that plaque in the ocean next to Osama Bin Laden. Or hand it over as a gift to Israel, with some conditions on how to display.
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  57. @Barnard
    Would Trump have the legal authority to remove the Emma Lazurus poem from the Statue of Liberty? What would be the downside of doing so and explaining the history to the public?

    In what way could it still be said that the Statue of Liberty is "the unofficial greeter of incoming immigrants?" They no longer come to Ellis Island by ship. Trump could explain the Statue is being updated to reflect changing times, isn't that what progressives always want anyway?

    Yes, he does have the authority.

    It’s a creature of the National Parks Service.

    https://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/historyculture/places_restoring.htm

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  58. @Diversity Heretic
    Perhaps John Quincy Adams is just a particularly good example, but the articulateness of politicians in the past is staggering. Can anyone imagine a politician today delivering that erudite a speech? I suppose that we see in leaders of the past the value of a classical education.

    Years ago I thought that myself, even listening to Eisenhowers farewell address, compared to the drivel directed at us by todays politicians.

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  59. @Barnard
    Would Trump have the legal authority to remove the Emma Lazurus poem from the Statue of Liberty? What would be the downside of doing so and explaining the history to the public?

    In what way could it still be said that the Statue of Liberty is "the unofficial greeter of incoming immigrants?" They no longer come to Ellis Island by ship. Trump could explain the Statue is being updated to reflect changing times, isn't that what progressives always want anyway?

    Lucky thing that no dastardly anonymoi remove the plaque, or perhaps even replace it.

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  60. @snorlax
    Seriously speaking, I'd put up one memorializing the 100,000,000 victims of communism. Find a good quote or two from Havel or Solzhenitsyn about propaganda. Raise the funds for it in Brighton Beach synagogues, then put an acknowledgement thanking the list of synagogues at the bottom of the plaque.

    Ideally it could be placed next to Em's, but as long as it's big and obvious enough I think people will get the message.

    Or place it at the gates of Harvard.

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    Outside the Harvard quad I'd probably put up a monument to Massachusetts police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

    The monument itself not being the point of course, but rather the reaction of passersby to its constantly being vandalized.
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  61. @TelfoedJohn
    Trump has just banned Iranians from entering - Iranians have never gone crazy jihadi on US soil. But no ban on Saudis - who are responsible by far for the most terrorist deaths in the US.

    Given all that, perhaps the Statue of Liberty should be dressed like a beaten whore with a few dollars tucked into her g-string.

    What is this, the mini-version of Invade Iran, Invite Iran? Let those Iranian students stay home and make Iran great again.

    (Saudis can stay gone too.)

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  62. @ANON
    This poem is on a metal plaque. So, cut the rivets and remove it. It was never much as poetry, and as policy it is just plain stupid. Mr. Trump is clearly opposed to stupidity, so his action will make perfect sense.

    Put the plaque in a museum: Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

    JPS

    Sink that plaque in the ocean next to Osama Bin Laden. Or hand it over as a gift to Israel, with some conditions on how to display.

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  63. Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it….

    Men who are sincere in defending their freedom, will always feel concern at every circumstance which seems to make against them; it is the natural and honest consequence of all affectionate attachments, and the want of it is a vice.

    But the dejection lasts only for a moment; they soon rise out of it with additional vigor; the glow of hope, courage and fortitude, will, in a little time, supply the place of every inferior passion, and kindle the whole heart into heroism.

    There is a mystery in the countenance of some causes, which we have not always present judgment enough to explain.

    It is distressing to see an enemy advancing into a country, but it is the only place in which we can beat them, and in which we have always beaten them, whenever they made the attempt.

    The nearer any disease approaches to a crisis, the nearer it is to a cure. Danger and deliverance make their advances together, and it is only the last push, in which one or the other takes the lead.

    … Other states have been invaded, have likewise driven off the invaders. Now our time and turn is come, and perhaps the finishing stroke is reserved for us. When we look back on the dangers we have been saved from, and reflect on the success we have been blessed with, it would be sinful either to be idle or to despair.

    Thomas Paine, The American Crisis 4 (September 12, 1777, Philadelphia)

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  64. (Stealing the idea from Eustace Tilley), I would suggest that the statue itself be melted down and used to honor with a medal all the Border Patrol agents that have sacrificed their life from its inception.

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  65. Sell naming rights. It could be The Dominos Pizza Monument to Liberty, Statue and Park.

    Lazarus imagines the statue as a kind of fancy street light in front of a posh hotel inviting in guests. The discarded last line of the poem is: I lift my lamp beside the golden door! Note, Club Lazarus has no bouncer or velvet rope. Compare with the more homey I’ll leave the light on for you. The statue was constructed contemporary to the pogroms, a topic of interest for Lazerus and Jews. All such wretched masses are future renters.

    In a non Lazerus tone one could imagine the statue as a guardian ever vigilant, carrying a torch and the rule of law. Come to think of it, Lazerus does not mention in the book the statue carries in her poem. Why is that?

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  66. “t’s almost as if the Statue of Liberty weren’t really all about Invade the World, Invite the World.

    (In reality, the Statue of Liberty is about Freemasonry.)”

    Perhaps we should consider the possibility that Invade the World/Invite the World is inherent in Freemasonry.

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  67. Federalist # 2:

    “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government”

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  68. @dearieme
    "the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire": that's rather droll. In terms of acreage, the North American colonies were the great bulk of the empire. Still, you expect politicians to lie.

    “the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire”: that’s rather droll. In terms of acreage, the North American colonies were the great bulk of the empire. Still, you expect politicians to lie.

    I gather that JQ Adams was speaking in terms of how the colonists were treated by the metropole. Note what follows:

    From the day of this declaration, the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire, imploring justice and mercy from an inexorable master in another hemisphere.

    Franklin used to voice similar notions, complaining about how the British elites did not grasp the importance of mainland North America, etc

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  69. @Diversity Heretic
    Perhaps John Quincy Adams is just a particularly good example, but the articulateness of politicians in the past is staggering. Can anyone imagine a politician today delivering that erudite a speech? I suppose that we see in leaders of the past the value of a classical education.

    I thought George Galloway was pretty good back in May 2005 when he ripped a new one for two Moron-American Senators about their lies in the Iraq war crime.

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  70. @dearieme
    "the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire": that's rather droll. In terms of acreage, the North American colonies were the great bulk of the empire. Still, you expect politicians to lie.

    It’s a lie and your lie joins his.
    1, the United States then did not include the Louisiana Purchase, Texas or Alaska, to say nothing of most of the West.
    2 Canada, far larger than the then US was still a “fragment of a distant Empire”
    3. India too was still, via the East India Company part of the Empire and was larger than the then US.
    4 The Status of the Mexican people remained unchanged. They were still a “fragment of a distant Empire: that of Spain..

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  71. @Marcus
    The Albright Amendment: starve Muslims while inviting them in

    The Albright Amendment: starve Muslims while inviting them in

    FTW

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  73. @Pericles
    Or place it at the gates of Harvard.

    Outside the Harvard quad I’d probably put up a monument to Massachusetts police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

    The monument itself not being the point of course, but rather the reaction of passersby to its constantly being vandalized.

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  74. @snorlax
    Seriously speaking, I'd put up one memorializing the 100,000,000 victims of communism. Find a good quote or two from Havel or Solzhenitsyn about propaganda. Raise the funds for it in Brighton Beach synagogues, then put an acknowledgement thanking the list of synagogues at the bottom of the plaque.

    Ideally it could be placed next to Em's, but as long as it's big and obvious enough I think people will get the message.

    That number seems rather low. Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, the North Korean father and son team, Castro and all of the other South American freedom fighters who have come and gone over the years. Yeah probably need more zeros.

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    That number seems rather low. Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, the North Korean father and son team, Castro and all of the other South American freedom fighters who have come and gone over the years. Yeah probably need more zeros.
     
    Well, Mao (approx 40 million) plus Stalin (approx 9 million) will get you to approx 49 million dead....
    , @Jim Don Bob
    100 million citizens dead at the hands of their own Commie government is in line with what the guys who wrote the Black Book of Communism came up with. No one has seriously disputed that their numbers were to high. An excellent book.
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  75. @Steve Sailer
    Because we live here.

    This is a great line and mindset for the New Right.

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  76. @Buzz Mohawk

    A nation exists to serve its citizens.

    From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first.

    So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again.

    -- Donald Trump, First Inaugural Address
     

    That should replace the current eyesore, which should be melted down into medals for the Border Patrol and ICE agents.

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  77. @Gunnar von Cowtown
    1. That was my first thought. Just with "OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY" underlined, bold and italicized.

    2. Trump should put one of his own quotes on the statue, "YOU HAVE TO GO BACK."

    3. Remove Emma Lazarus' poem, replace with, "NICE TRY, (((SHLOMO)))."

    4. Smug Pepe.

    This……I love the first idea.

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  78. @Mr Mack Bolan
    That number seems rather low. Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, the North Korean father and son team, Castro and all of the other South American freedom fighters who have come and gone over the years. Yeah probably need more zeros.

    That number seems rather low. Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, the North Korean father and son team, Castro and all of the other South American freedom fighters who have come and gone over the years. Yeah probably need more zeros.

    Well, Mao (approx 40 million) plus Stalin (approx 9 million) will get you to approx 49 million dead….

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  79. “What should Trump put on a statue of liberty plaque?”

    The beginning stanza to the “Team America” theme song.

    or, the entire poem, “The Star Spangled Banner”

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  80. @Mr Mack Bolan
    That number seems rather low. Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Ho Chi Minh, the North Korean father and son team, Castro and all of the other South American freedom fighters who have come and gone over the years. Yeah probably need more zeros.

    100 million citizens dead at the hands of their own Commie government is in line with what the guys who wrote the Black Book of Communism came up with. No one has seriously disputed that their numbers were to high. An excellent book.

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    100 million sounds a little high.
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  81. @Anon
    What's going on here?

    Even Liberal urban dwellers are sick of antifa and SJW's messing things up and cheering the police for restoring order?

    https://youtu.be/NusnC-xYkR0

    That’s only a couple of blocks from my office.

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  82. @Jim Don Bob
    100 million citizens dead at the hands of their own Commie government is in line with what the guys who wrote the Black Book of Communism came up with. No one has seriously disputed that their numbers were to high. An excellent book.

    100 million sounds a little high.

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    100 million sounds a little high.
     
    Yeah. As I noted upthread, Mao (approx 40 million) and Stalin (approx 9 million) combined will only get you to approx 49 million......
    , @snorlax
    A lot of the civil wars in the third world were extremely bloody.

    I don't think the Black Book authors do so, but you could pin a large part of the Soviet deaths in WWII on Stalin's misdeeds, most notably executing most of the officers' corps a few years before the war started.
    , @Olorin
    RJ Rummel (FWIW) estimates the PRC's share of democide in the 20th century to be about 76 million. USSR another 62 million.

    https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE2.HTM

    https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE4.HTM
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  83. @Steve Sailer
    100 million sounds a little high.

    100 million sounds a little high.

    Yeah. As I noted upthread, Mao (approx 40 million) and Stalin (approx 9 million) combined will only get you to approx 49 million……

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  84. @Steve Sailer
    100 million sounds a little high.

    A lot of the civil wars in the third world were extremely bloody.

    I don’t think the Black Book authors do so, but you could pin a large part of the Soviet deaths in WWII on Stalin’s misdeeds, most notably executing most of the officers’ corps a few years before the war started.

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  85. anon • Disclaimer says:

    “to ourselves and our posterity”

    it would be a foundational (or re-foundational) symbolic act

    the Lazurus one would need to be physically removed to make it complete

    #

    in terms of spin use the lifeboat analogy – the Lazarus poem was of its time when America was filling up but now times have changed

    “to ourselves and our posterity”

    #

    while we’re giving the Trumpmeister advice

    pick a practical green thing (that’s not based on lies) and do something dramatic and long term visible on it – like the plastic bottles in the sea thing – maybe use the navy (check they’re keen first – some of them will be as their kids will like it)

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  86. New plaque:

    Of Liberty
    By Liberty
    For Liberty

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  87. How about the following

    For God And Country
    For Faith and Purity
    For Defense and Prosperity
    It is our Holy Duty to guard Against the Foreign Hordes

    What sayith the hive?

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  88. @Barnard

    "Ironically, they would probably tell anyone who’s ancestors came before theirs that “they were immigrants too and other people already lived here.”
     
    Based on the Ellis Island website, that is essentially what they say about immigration.

    http://libertyellisfoundation.org/immigration-timeline

    I would bet more white Americans come from pre-Revolutionary War founding stock settlers then come from Ellis Island immigrants.

    And those of us who do still aren’t all that sure about the Eye-talians, Jews, and non-Ulster Irish.

    That Hajnal Line cuts deep.

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  89. @Steve Sailer
    100 million sounds a little high.

    RJ Rummel (FWIW) estimates the PRC’s share of democide in the 20th century to be about 76 million. USSR another 62 million.

    https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE2.HTM

    https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE4.HTM

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  90. @Thomas
    Has anyone ever really taken stock of the ethnocentric vanity that comes with inflating the time, place, and circumstances when your own ancestors immigrated to a country that already was in existence into being the effective defining moment of that country's entire existence? It's essentially to say that nothing much of importance happened until your people got there. I really do think that if you were to hear honestly from people who identify strongly with Ellis Island mythology, that would be what they think about the United States, that it basically "came into being" sometime around 1880.

    Ironically, they would probably tell anyone who's ancestors came before theirs that "they were immigrants too and other people already lived here." And also would probably tell everyone else "don't worry about all these new immigrants pouring in, they won't change anything much."

    Yes. The immigrants must respect the earlier settlers.

    Half of my roots came through Ellis Island and all of my blood came through New York harbor in the 20th Century. I enjoy visiting the Ellis Island museum. But families like mine must acknowledge we joined a going concern, a country built by settlers. The pioneer/settler myth has gone out of style and should be restored to its rightful place.

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  91. Perhaps something from Robert Louis Stevenson, whose eyewitness account of immigration to America predates Emma Lazarus?

    “Emigration, from a word of the most cheerful import, came to sound most dismally in my ear. There is nothing more agreeable to picture and nothing more pathetic to behold.”

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  92. From cartoon depicting Statue of Liberty being scrapped. Replaces existing plaque:

    Give me your non-Muslims, with open doors
    Your select few, yearning to be free
    But the wretched refuse of your teeming shores
    Send these, the homeless tempest tost, back to sea
    I lift my golden finger towards Mideast wars

    If Trump were a poet this reflects his views.

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  93. The formal name of the statue: Liberty Enlightening the World

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  94. The statue of liberty has long ago outlived its usefulness. The country is built. The heavy lifting is done. And we no longer need any more “retched refuse” “teeming at our shores”. We have too many here already who either hate us or are freeloaders. I think they should tear it down and turn it into bullets for the Border Patrol.

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