Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Newer Colossus?

Here's a plan. Take this ditzy nonsense off of the Statue of Liberty:

by Emma Lazarus

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!"

And put this on it:

by Rudyard Kipling

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy -- willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.
I hope I don't need to interpret either of these poems for you, but just in case...

The first poem is pure BS. The description doesn't apply to the basic American stock at all. It applies to Lazarus' relatives, who were Jews from Europe. An article explaining that is here [link]. Lazarus didn't give a flying you-know-what about gentiles. Her concern for immigration was exclusively to make sure any and all Jews got to come here and be safe until they got around to establishing a Jewish ethnostate to which no gentiles would be allowed to immigrate. The quote to the left is from here [link] and the last sentence in that post is one of my rare disagreements with Steve. Or sort of a disagreement. He says:

Letting in millions of anti-Semite foreigners today is thus not the fulfillment, but the betrayal of what Lazarus and other Jewish-American ancestors worked for.

I'm not at all sure it's a betrayal in the sense Steve means it. I doubt if Lazarus cared anything about the United States one way or the other, except as a temporary refuge for her friends and relatives. If she had the same contempt for the basic American stock that so many Jews of her era and ours have, she'd be indifferent to who else immigrated because all gentiles are basically alike anyway, right? But if she had the hostility to us that many Jew have demonstrated, then she'd think it cool that we got lots of anti-American immigrants because it serves us right for not being Jewish.

And if you doubt that she was a proto-Zionist, here's something from the Jewish Women's Archive [link]:

One of the first successful Jewish American authors, Lazarus was part of the late nineteenth century New York literary elite and was recognized in her day as an important American poet. In her later years, she wrote bold, powerful poetry and essays protesting the rise of antisemitism and arguing for Russian immigrants' rights. She called on Jews to unite and create a homeland in Palestine before the title Zionist had even been coined.

But God help us if we call on White Gentiles to unite and create a homeland in North America. And when we decide to do that, we'll be following the spirit of the second poem.

And Steve Sailer relates all this to a third poem here [link].

And to even more pop-ish pop culture here [link].

Oh, what the hey. Just go here [link] and scroll down to the posts I just referred to and a few more on the same subject.

There's nobody who's been more incisive or funnier about the immigration mess than Steve Sailer. Read him every day. I do.
Quibcags: The illustrations for the first three I found here and there on the net and they're self-explanatory. The last one is illustrated by Kagura of Gin Tama (銀魂 Gintama, lit. "Silver Soul") and her family, who are immigrants to Earth from a faraway planet. Would I kid you?

1 comment:

  1. One of my first acts as semi-benevolent dictator of the U.S. will be to rip that tablet up and toss it in the harbor.