A Lesson In E Pluribus Unum. This Day Gives the Lie to Multiculturalism.
The “One Nation” tour brought attention to the invaluable contribution to America’s greatness by those, from so many countries and backgrounds, who came through Ellis Island a century ago. I have two grandparents who came through in the 1890’s. This is a picture of the immigration facility from that era:
The Palins visit Liberty Island
Many would contend there are two Lady Liberties there. The One Nation group along with all groups each day learned this lesson:
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!”