Thursday, November 20, 2014

                                      On Immigration...

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning and her name,
mother of exiles. From her beaconed hand
glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

" Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!"
cries she with silent lips." Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breath free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Emma Lazarus ( 1849-1887 )

The Statue Of Liberty was not conceived or sculpted as a symbol of immigration, yet with the addition of this poem which was placed on a bronze plaque inside, she became the unofficial greeter
of all incoming immigrants from around the world.

Later today the president will give a speech on what he plans to do on immigration reform. There has been a lot of huffing and puffing by certain politicians in Washington over the last week on the actions that the president is suspected to take. Perhaps if those who are doing all that huffing and puffing had taken the bi-patrician Senate bill to a vote or come up with their own viable plan that wasn't just "send them all back", there would be nothing to huff and puff about...

This country was conceived intentionally on the premise that we are a nation of immigrants. This is something we should be proud of, it makes us who we are. Why are we trying to re write history? What are we so afraid of?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew



  1. I never would ever try to guess what is in the mind of a politician, but it's likely not much!

  2. Well mommy sez weez fwaid of da idiots comin' over here and bwingin' war to ow land. This purresident finks hims a king and it wuldn't hav mattered what congwess did, ifin it wusn't to hims likin' hims wulda over ruled it. Hims is a dictator twyin' to destwoy ow countwy fwum da inside out. No more pawlotics, yous lookin' gweat.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  3. wood take a planit full oh geniuzez ta figure out why.... any one....does any thing....any de white houz.....troo lee

    hope yur week oh end bee filled with sea bass shrimp & sardeenz ♥

  4. I'm not a very political animal, but even though my ancestors were British, they were, in fact, immigrants! My mother's family was German and they immigrated also. We have a large hispanic population in UT and they are an asset to our economy and our cultural identity. Don't really understand all the hoopla myself.

  5. Immigrants?
    Mommy is a second generation American born citizen on both her mommy and daddy's side (and they were different countries). Both sides of the family were productive, bringing to America railroad surveyors, other railway careers, ministers, nurses, musicians, professors and teachers, secretaries, and even someone who worked on the first space flights to America. Don't sell all immigrants short! They can have lots to contribute if given the chance.
    That is my pride of my ancestors, and the reason I enjoy living in a neighborhood of many mixed nations, and many immigrants. All Americans are descended (well, except for Native American Indian tribes) from immigrants.

  6. Noodle, you did your selfie a few days too early, but you look cute.

  7. We don't trust any of the politicians, Noodle.

  8. All those suffers and puffers came from somewhere. And we don't think any of them are native Americans! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  9. it seems that some politicans are in favor of immigrants coming across the Atlantic Ocean by not across the Rio Grande... {:-Deb