JANUARY 2017 – THE NEW COLOSSUS

Beautiful, you were made to do hard things. Tomorrow is coming.
Let us perfect our land into a home for our daughters, sons, friends, and families… Let us become a platform for every little girl who dreamed she could be president, for every boy who chose to change the world.

Let us be a haven for the homeless and tempest-tost. Let us remember history – for we are the mother of exiles. For the next generation, as well as our own. Remember, darlings –
It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. Samuel Adams

The New Colossus

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 beacon-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 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!

 

Final advice? Do not keep calm. Go change the world.

 

 

NOTE: For he who said it best…..

“History does not move in straight lines; sometimes it goes sideways, sometimes it goes backward.

Societies and cultures are complicated … This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding. You should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop … You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, O.K., where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.”                                              – President Obama

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