On a bronzed plaque on a wall inside the pedestal of the Statue are these famous words: “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!" This poem by Emma Lazarus, herself an immigrant seeking refuge in the United States, represents the most transcendent idea of what our country is. For over two hundred years, America has represented hope to millions of people around the world. They have seen the United States as the land of opportunity and freedom where a man or woman could escape persecution and tyranny, make a new start, and build a life that fulfilled all of their dreams. I’m sure there are those in the universities that will pessimistically interpret our history and say that opportunity has not always been equally bestowed, and they are probably right when you look only at certain periods. But thanks to the transcendent ideas that are the foundation of our republic, there was always a promise that things could and would get better.
Even people who did not share in power at various points in our history (such as newly arrived immigrants or slaves) at least had a fighting chance for better times, and many have fought through the sinful tendencies, laws, and even prejudiced culture of the past to rise in American society to a successful place. You can find such success stories in any cultural group that you look at. That very fact cannot be said of every cultural group in every country around the world. Yet, despite the message of hope, opportunity, and freedom that people around the world see in the United States, and despite the countless success stories of millions of immigrants and rags-to-riches stories of people like Oprah Winfrey, it is baffling to see certain scholars in our universities that only want to focus on the bad news. What is even more puzzling is that these Marxist scholars criticize the United States as a bullying colonial power, yet many of these people use bullying tactics in public forums on the universities and in their classrooms. I don’t know how a person can criticize something that they do themselves and keep a straight face.
May God bless you and keep you this day that He has made.