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Dear Lady Liberty
You stand majestically, with torch in outstretched hand; without a sound, with words that touch the very soul of our being. And with a purpose so entrenched in the hearts and minds of every man, the prospect of a new beginning; to start a refreshed life, breathes a sigh of relief among many.
Said you, Lady 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!".
These passionate words that exemplify the true meaning of acceptance and inclusion into one's society, point towards achieving that liberal utopia of a dream for which WE, West Indians in general, have always respected. Sadly thought, there are others who view this invitation with disdain and have politicized and publicized their intent for a revisitation of those very words, as it is their belief that the 'huddled masses' you mentioned are now infiltrated with "diabolic contaminants".
You asked nothing else of us, only that we acknowledge and respect that opportunity, as no other can provide among the varied nationalities of the world, such lucrative accommodations.
And that, we have done; finding our true potential, whether through education in the Arts and Sciences, or with our God-given talent of creativity and imagination. Still, we found time to meet and share our memories of a distant home; that rich and vibrant culture, our Forefathers gift to us; those smiles we had not forgotten; the renewed purpose for which we now hold so dear.
Today you cry, with tears dripping down your face, leaving us to wonder how long would you continue to be that beacon of hope; that last bastion of assurance; that sanctuary where the dignity of man with all his fallibilities can be accepted and be given "free passage without hindrance".
Must we now succumb to the depths of human degradation and barbarism as a compromise to placate those with mal-intentions? or must we continue to embrace your words in perpetuity so that future generations may enjoy that gift of "a fresh start", unbridled by the social designations of their past.
The path we seem to be following now may one day call for your desecration; your words, never to be spoken in the mouths of the oppressed; the dissenters and the marginalized but be repealed in a court under some sub-section, deep in the annals of an archaic law to advance the aspirations of an overzealous "Legal Luminary".
Pardoning my coloqual hyperbolic tone my Lady, to put it mildly, "it is getting nasty out there", as we try to find the true meaning and intent of that "new normal" we all should be getting accustomed to. But still we will continue to come, leaving behind, our children, family and friends, some never to be seen again; to start our lives afresh; to improve our lot in life.
I for one would like to thank you, Lady Liberty.
Thoughtful expressions of feelings spawned by deep introspection on the state of the world we live in.
My take is that too much time and effort is spent by pundits and talking heads in the media, analysing and hand-wring over the deeds and misdeeds of Dangerous Don and his Basket of Deplorables, who I understand will soon be making a fashion statement, modeling the White House wear line.
A bullying bull in a china shop, is no more than that. A rampaging animal that must be harnessed, spayed and put out to put out to pasture.
While I try to keep an open mind on this elected fellow, despite my obvious disapproval of his brand, his sophomoric attempt at a machiavellian approach to politics had bothered me from the very onset.
Unlike those who can confortably salvage their principles by lowering of their standards to accommodate him (in the interest of " making America great again")I find it difficult not seeing him as a dunce, con artist, bully and schidtster who would malign anyone into submission.
I choose to hang on to my "French principles" while kneeling in prayer, with daily homilies that begs for a salvation and redemption.
Re: the White House brand"
>>>>>>>......My take is that too much time and effort is spent by pundits and talking heads in the media, analysing and hand-wring over the deeds and misdeeds of Dangerous Don and his Basket of Deplorables, who I understand will soon be making a fashion statement, modeling the White House wear line.
A bullying bull in a china shop, is no more than that. A rampaging animal that must be harnessed, spayed and put out to put out to pasture.<<<<<<<<
That may have been the reason why those "cases in the basket" saw his side of the green grass and thought is was a natural! They did not realize it was the "spaded" by-product of that 'spayed' animal, put out to pasture that gave the grass its hue.
And as it relates to that 'bullying bull' you mention, does its China shop designation come with the same biological attributes as if placed in a Wallmat showcase? Or does the latter requires a castration of some sort as a qualification?
Vern, I am keeping hope alive for the safety and longevity of the human race, and trust that the election of Barak Obama was a herald of good times ahead, and not a blip on the radar screen. Conversely I would like to think in my sanest moments, that the raging bull now prancing in the Bullring, will endure the daily probes of the congressional and journalistic Picadors, until he comes face to face with the Matador, who puts paid to the insanity, alleviating the need to exhume Lyoh B, and Mr Cave from their places of eternal rest.
This is a very teachable moment, about the psychology and complexity of the human mentality.It explains how Hitler,Mao, Stalin,Pol pot, Isis, and despots the world over can influence others to engage in atrocities against their fellow mostly innocent human beings. At Home we had our own Revo leaders, cannibalising their own regime. It boils down to convincing the unsuspecting,and the feeble minded, not to believe what their eyes see, or their ears hear, and dump common sense in the trash. They close their minds to all but the message from the omnipotent messenger. It is "1984" and "Brave new world"in a race to the bottom.
I see poetic justice in releasing the spayed bull on to a pasture with cows he can only look at, but is biologically "banned" from enjoying, notwithstanding his misogynistic history. It would also be a very unpleasant surprise, to his deplorable disciples, to learn that the greener grass they were promised,and they believe the now see, is actually Astroturf made in CHYNNAH.