Independence Day, 2005

By July 4, 2005Miscellaneous

Flag.jpgTwo hundred and twenty nine years ago today in Philadelphia, 56 brave men signed the Declaration of Independence — and effectively, their own death warrants. John Hancock famously signed large enough so the King “would not need his spectacles” to read it. With the stroke of their pens, the Founding Fathers created a refuge for all who would be free, a haven for those who were persecuted for political or religious reason, where all could go to be free.

Some 110 years later, Emma Lazarus wrote her famous poem, “The New Colossus” that adorns the Statue of Liberty:

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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

We are a nation unique in the world. E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, one.” Here’s a schmaltzy piece, one immigrant’s story that embodies the hope and the promise of this great Nation. We offer it as the antidote to Lou Dobbs this Fourth of July.

Happy Independence Day.