Cuccinelli Owes Me Royalties

Bot too long ago, I wrote a sarcastic parody about the Statue of Liberty, suggesting that it no longer stood for the ideals it once did. I never suspected that one of the members of the White House Theatrical Society, which includes all the “acting” federal officials, would steal my idea without at least attributing the source.

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services has decided that immigration should only be available to those who can stand “on their own two feet.”

Of course, that was the standard when thousands of black Africans were brought here as slaves.

When the Irish fled starvation and the Jews fled persecution.

Oh, and may I add for the benefit of Mr. Cuccinelli that his ancestors may have arrived during the significant immigration of Italians, who fled their home country because “decades of internal strife had left a legacy of violence, social chaos, and widespread poverty. The peasants in the primarily poor, mostly rural south of Italy and on the island of Sicily had little hope of improving their lot.”

Thank heaven that the people of Guatemala, Venezuela, Syria, aren’t facing such problems.

Ken, you can send my royalty checks to any charity that supports the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, the hungry, the pure of heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted.

 

Scriptural Reflection

Sacred writings of the various religions around the world and throughout history provide guidance for living a good and fruitful life. Many of the different writings provide similar directives; in fact, some are not only in various scriptures, but also in the common parlance. An example is the Golden Rule:

Do to others as you would have them do to you.[1]

Unfortunately, scripture is often seen as a buffet from which “believers” can pick and choose which thoughts to ignore and which thought to accept. Some use their chosen quotation to justify decidedly unchristian behavior.

I have heard many self-proclaimed Christians who are vehemently opposed to immigration, even when it is the only hope for people who are in danger of their life.

They pontificate their justification. They endorse obvious falsehoods from their political leaders. They use both scripture and politics to justify their personal bias.

I was born—and died—long before Jesus was born, so I was not in a position to be a Christian. However, your Christ was a devout Jew and read the Tanakh, the Jewish scripture, which is nearly identical to the Christian Old Testament. The Tanakh includes the Torah, the five Books of Moses (including Exodus) and the Nevi’im.

Both Christian and Hebrew scripture contain this advice:

Exodus 22: 21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. 22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

[1] Luke 6: 31

Maybe the South Should Rise Again

Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s son, was very concerned about the rewriting of history after the Civil War by Southerners. He charged the slain president’s two secretaries with writing the definitive and factual history of the war. It was not about state’s rights—it started as the effort to maintain the Union, but over time, Lincoln committed to eliminating slavery. Lincoln’s son wanted to make sure that people knew the truth.

If you read history and take into account the fights in Congress in the years leading up to the war, you will see that this is true. The Missouri Compromise, The Compromise of 1850, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act—all attempting to appease slaveholders—sought to avert war; unfortunately, war was inevitable.

The issue of slavery had been divisive since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams—founding father and second president of the United States had warned that if the South formed a new nation, it would ultimately be torn apart by an extremely violent slave insurrection. The Confederacy did not last long enough to test his prediction, but it seems logical.

What if the effort to preserve the Union hadn’t been successful? If the slaves had rebelled or otherwise escaped, what would things be like today?

Perhaps all the “Whites Only” bigots would live in the Confederated States. The rest of us wouldn’t. It’s an interesting idea.

Honoring the Troops

The Washington, DC extravaganza, today, is touted as “honoring the military.”

Answer me honestly–how would you feel if for a holiday, which you expected to have time to relax and spend with friends, instead you have to put on a uniform, complete with tightly buttoned coat, and stand in the sun?

In Washington, DC.

In July.

With the forecast of 90 degrees (F), although the heat index (how it feels) will be 102 degrees.

Plus strong thunderstorms forecast.

Me? I’d rather have the day off.

Truth in Advertising?

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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.

Author: Emma Lazarus

Given the current state of affairs, you need to do something about the Statue of Liberty. There are several possibilities:

  1.  Return it to France
  2. Modify the arm holding the torch and reshape it so that it is extended with the palm facing out, like a traffic cop giving the signal to STOP.
  3.  Pass it on to a country that is more immigrant friendly
  4.  At least rotate it 180 degrees so that the statue has its back turned toward the Atantic.

A little honesty, please.

The Border

Death–at least for me–has its privileges. Because I’m dead, I now have a ringside seat from which to observe humanity’s foibles.

I love watching so-called leaders. Actually I don’t but after a millennia or two one learns to laugh rather than cry. I’ve seen them all–every Caesar, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Hitler, and so on, etc., etc., etc.

Leaders come. Leaders go. Each leader has some grand plan. They always offer a simplistic fix to a complex problem that sounds great but never works.

I’m used to lying, stealing, cheating, bribery, graft, and corruption. They haven’t caught my attention for centuries. However, in your world, the idea of some poor schmuck and their family crossing the border into your so-called “civilized” countries is something else. This throws supposedly modern, 21st century, educated people into a phenomenal panic!

Remember the last sabbath you celebrated? The God you worshipped then also left you with these:

Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”

Deuteronomy 10:19 “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.”