We are all familiar with the beautiful sonnet, The New Colossus, written by Emma Lazarus, which is inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and in part reads:
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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
That sounds great. It sounds inviting. It even sounds American. At one point, I am sure the concept looked good on paper. Unfortunately, that time has come and gone. What we see on paper and in our streets is destroying the very fabric that this great nation of ours is built upon. And frankly, we just can't afford this slogan anymore. Our country is broke.
I am not suggesting that we don't want your tired or your poor, or your huddled masses, yearning to be free. I am simply suggesting that we take a break. Let's take time to get our own house in order. Heck, let's get some of these other leading nations, such as China, to take over for a bit. Oh yeah, their "huddled masses" are sailing to our shores in storage containers.
Now, my radio co-host, Mike Russell, always maintains that we should put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on Lady Liberty. Perhaps, Lady Liberty listened. The federal government has announced that it will be closing the Statue of Liberty to visitors on Oct. 28, just one day following the 125th anniversary of her dedication.
The reason - security. According to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the Statue of Liberty will be the recipient of a $27.25 million renovation project that could take up to one year to complete. Shortly after 9/11, the Statue of Liberty was closed because "allowing people inside would be unsafe." The National Park Service feared that rescuers might not be able to get tourists out in the event there's an emergency. The federal government is now completing the job it began after 9/11.
You could construe this as a great representation on how many Americans feel today. We don't feel safe in regards to the future of this country.
For those of you who think that I am being evil, racist and uncaring, and though it pains me greatly to do so, I suggest that Arizona learns a lesson from the federal government. The federal government has deemed that it is in the best interest to the greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known, to shut it down and increase its security. To make those who visit the inside of Lady Liberty safer.
I suggest that Arizona takes similar steps to protect its people. Let's make those of us who live in this great state safer. For starters, we need to hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign up. We need something, such as a wall, to hang it from. This might allow us time and breathing room to fix the economical problems that plague our state.
Let's take aggressive action against those who cross our border illegally. Oh wait... we tried that and the federal government sued us.
Now, Gov. Jan Brewer has been forced to appeal to the Supreme Court to revive Arizona's immigration law that would allow us to aggressively enforce action against illegal immigrants. If security is good enough for the Statue of Liberty, then it should be good enough for Arizona.