The left loves to propagandize plebeian America with fake history and fake traditions. Thanksgiving Day creates a funny conundrum where the left tries to reconcile the ‘nation of immigrants’ narrative with the conflicting narrative of the rapacious Pilgrims pilfering the noble savage’s turkey and cranberry sauce.
Their ‘nation of immigrants’ myth rests almost entirely on Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus,” featured on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty:
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!
Contrary to liberal opinion, this poem is not an immigration law or a Constitutional right granted to Syrians. It actually has nothing to do with immigration.
Lazarus’ poem wasn’t added until twenty years after the statue’s 1883 dedication. Twenty-three years after that, FDR gave a speech there to the Daughters of the Revolution and said, “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Ever since, globalists and the Parks Department have curated that one line into an entire mythos about the statue’s pro-immigrant symbolism and America’s pro-immigrant nature.
It’s all fake history. When FDR delivered those remarks, American immigration law sharply restricted immigration to healthy, self-sufficient immigrants primarily from Western Europeans and secondarily to Southern and Eastern Europeans.
Ever wonder about Lady Liberty’s namesake? It’s an abbreviation of her actual name, Liberty Enlightening the World, given by the statue’s creator, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. She’s a representation of the abstract ideal of liberty, calling out to the world’s tired and poor, letting them know that she is awaiting to embrace them. But the left doesn’t see that symbolism. They see a giant immigration officer with a rubber stamp for every poor third worlder with tuberculosis whose only allegiance to America is to our generous welfare offices. The left doesn’t see ‘Lady Liberty,’ they see ‘Mother of Exiles.’
It was an enormous controversy to authorize Catholic immigration due to their irreconcilable conflict of allegiance to the Papacy and the difficulty of assimilation. And now we’re told it’s un-American for Americans to prefer self-sufficient immigrants from England over illiterate Ecuadorians illegally living in the Burien barrio demanding dual-citizenship.