America: A Dream Deferred

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Continental Congress. In this document, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”.

In essence, life, liberty, and the pursuit happiness are god-given rights. Now let’s focus on liberty. Liberty is freedom. To honor our freedom, the French gifted us the Statue of Liberty. Over time, she became a symbol of liberty through immigration as she was our nation’s welcome to people coming from abroad to NY harbor. At the base of the Statue of Liberty is poem from Emma Lazarus titled “The New Colossus”. In her poem, she writes, “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. America is the home of the free, the land of liberty. We will take your weak, poor, and hungry coming from a place of war, tyranny, or worse and give you life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness- all god-given rights.

Unfortunately, some people who not only extol our virtues of liberty, but proclaim faith in a higher-power, want to deny this land of hope and opportunity to Syrian refugees. Now, I don’t want to get into a big debate about the refugee crisis- I understand it’s a complex issue (and the scary terrorism word is thrown around)- but a closed border policy is a slap in the face to our Founder’s, to the Statue of Liberty, to liberty, and to us, WE THE PEOPLE. If you’re okay with that, fine, that’s the beautiful part of America. But as someone raised on the American values of freedom, liberty, opportunity- I can’t accept that as the morally right thing to do.

Sorry to get all political today, I love my country, despite all its past and present faults. It’s just funny we talk about the American Dream and yet I don’t think it’s something that American herself has even achieved yet. I hope to live long enough to see it happen though.

Happy 4th of July! Go Yankees!

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