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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Arizona Republicans Seek To Tear Down Statue of Liberty

In a shocking move (well from Arizona these days, maybe not so shocking), the same Arizona Republicans that want to further enslave Mexicans and deny person born on United States soil (despite this being the law of the United States for 150 years) have asked that the Statue of Liberty be torn down.  Announcing that they detest the pagan symbol of a Roman goddess and detest freedom, the Arizonians want to have a  "pure" race so we need to rid the US of unwanteds.

Are you shocked?  You ask why?  Where to begin ...

The Statue of Liberty is a representation of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who strides forward, trampling a broken chain, and bearing a torch and a tabula ansata, a tablet evoking the law, upon which is inscribed the date of American independence. Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, the statue was a gift of the people of France. It has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.

The seven rays, which are a halo or aureole, evoke the sun, the seven seas, and the seven continents, and represent another means, besides the torch, whereby Liberty enlightens the world.

I don't think the Arizonians appreciate the "enlightenment" part.

But the part that is really causing so much trouble is the inscription of the Statue by Emma Lazarus.  She is best known for "The New Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883; its lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1912. The sonnet was solicited by William Maxwell Evarts as a donation to an auction, conducted by the "Art Loan Fund Exhibition in Aid of the Bartholdi Pedestal Fund for the Statue of Liberty" to raise funds to build the pedestal.

And what blasphemous words does this sonnet contain??

"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."

The Arizona Republicans want that damn Golden Door closed!!  Now please.  We are behind the door and we don't want others in.

So they want that damn Statue of Liberty - showcasing a heathen Roman goddess - bombed - removed, well, because, WE HAVE TO CLOSE THE GOLDEN DOOR!

Don't believe me?  republican-platform-for-hate-and-fear
Could this soon be part of the Republican platform? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has joined other members of his caucus in calling for Congress “to take a look at” reviewing the 14th amendment so that children of illegal immigrants born in the United States are not automatically given citizenship. “I haven’t made a final decision about it, but that’s something that we clearly need to look at,” he said. “Regardless of how you feel about the various aspects of immigration reform, I don’t think anybody thinks that’s something they’re comfortable with.” Jon Kyl and Lindsey Graham have called for changing the amendment in the Senate, while in the House Republican congressmen have drafted legislation that would deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
The 14th Amendment was enacted in 1868 to ensure that states would not deny citizenship to former slaves. It reads, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., said today that Congress should hold hearings to look into denying citizenship to illegal aliens' children born in the United States, as the fight over immigration widens into the explosive "birthright" issue.
A self-described "National Socialist", Harry Hughes, tells Rick Sanchez which groups and ethnicities he feels should live in the U.S. View the video. He says he is not a Nazi ... but?
sharron-angle-rape-is-part of God's plan
In a radio interview Angle did in late June, the Tea Party favorite re-affirmed her pro-life sensibilities (rigid, as they are, even within Republican circles), when she insisted that a young girl raped by her father should know that "two wrongs don't make a right." Much good can come from a horrific situation like that, Angle added. Lemons can be made into lemonade.
"The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English," The Wall Street Journal reported.
CNN anchor Kyra Phillips disagrees with the new policy. "Would a guy like the Governor of California be allowed to teach kids how to learn English? Arnold's Austrian accent is as thick as his biceps but his English seems to be just fine," remarked Phillips.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program on Tuesday, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure. Six UN human rights experts released a statement earlier Tuesday expressing concern about the measure. All people have the right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage, they said.


  1. Wouldn't it be nice if Arizona and Texas COULD be their own country? Let's build a fence to keep these separatist locked inside to themselves. It can be one big white trash BBQ of white, God delusioned, gun carrying bigots---eating corn dogs.


  2. Great idea! Eventually they'd just all shoot each other because they'd still find differences in one another to fight about.

  3. You are very hateful. All of us people from Arizona don't hate. We just have problems with too many mexicans who do drugs, steal and rape. We need to be safe. And all of there kids should not be able to stay here. They need to go back to Mexico with there parents.

  4. Not just mexicans do drugs in your precious state. Many of your special white people are major meth and crack heads. Mexicans are among some of the hardest working people in the world. Especially those who come to our country seeking refuge from a worse situation. There is nothing hateful about an article pointing out the insanity of a group of people who are trying to change amendments to serve their own agenda.

    No one is complaining on our northern boarders about Canadians who cross every day illegally.

    There are as many white American born drug addicts, thieves and rapists
    lurking all over your red states.

    You're going to blame the mexicans for this? That is the most racist statement i have ever heard.


  5. "We just have problems with too many mexicans who do drugs, steal and rape. We need to be safe. And all of there kids should not be able to stay here."

    Didn't you mean " THEIR KIDS."? You sound like another poorly educated, ignorant red stater. It sounds like you need to learn YOUR english as much as the Mexican people you complain about.


  6. I'd like to know how many of these Arizona racists hire these hard working Mexicans for household help? How many hire them to do their shit work from the Hope Depot parking lot? How many do their landscaping?

    How about we reward honest, hard-working immigrants who log many hours for slave wages with legal status?

    How about we trade the hard working Mexicans for the criminal, white- trash-supremacists who are buying and using meth and cocaine from those on the other side of the border?

    Perhaps we should pay back the hard working Mexicans who are so exploited and used by the very people who want them gone. Pay them back with legal status.

    There are good and bad people in all races.

    Reward the good- punish the bad.

    Base decisions on merit of character and hard work not on which side of the fence they happened to be born on.

    Fences separating humans? What a sad world we live in.

  7. The Statue of Liberty is an excellent symbol for immigration. Thanks for reminding us of the welcoming words of the poem.

  8. I agree Carol. I hadn't seen the words in so long and they are so perfect for this horrible GOP platform. Especially the "Golden Door."

  9. You are a bunch of gringo, nigger, homo loving liberal freaks. God bless the United States from the likes of you.

  10. Damn right I love all that you mention.

    If there were a god, it might even love you even though you were born with a form of mental retardation and learned hate. However, you're shit out of luck because this is your only life and you're wasting it as an ignorant fool.

    Do you live in a trailer? When you pray to god do you believe it would only love people that are just as you? I'd guess your IQ is below 80.

    You better hope your god likes stupid people. Otherwise your dumb ass will be frying in those burning lakes of fire your god speaks of.

  11. Jesus is a white man! Every painting of Jesus shows him as white man. It doesn't show gringos and niggers and slit eyes or fucking homo. There is a reason GOD sent his son as a white man. White people are the chosen ones. So fuck you freak.

  12. Jewish people painted those mythological paintings you idiot. Go to school and learn some facts. God is blue, so smurfs are the chosen ones.

  13. Lady liberty reminds us well of what our country was founded upon. Inclusiveness! Shame on those with such a sense of entitlement.


  14. You'd think the Republicans would be more respectful of the 14th amendment, considering that they are they ones who proposed it and passed it in 1866 (no Democrats voted for it) before it was ratified in 1868.


  15. But didn't the parties ideologies essentially swap beliefs back then? Republicans were the democrats and vice versa. They just switched the meaning of the titles/ brands


  16. Instead of gradually becoming Mexico, we should just get it over with and open the borders up and tell all the Mexicans to come on up. Then change the national language to Spanish, national religion to Roman Catholic, and the name of our country to North Mexico. We know our Mexican brothers will not learn English, so we need to learn the Espanol so we can integrate into their system. Also my people, Mexico has true freedom, if you kill someone,or break any quote on quote rule, just carry a big wad of cash on you, and you can get away with it scott free!! Arizona this evil place that want to enforce Federal laws locally because the federal govt will not do then itself, should be given as a gift to the great Mexico, as a piece offering! Check out the movie Machete, it is a new movie about the Mexican people rising up against the evil white person that has enslaved the Mexicans with their evil jobs here in the states, and kills all the white people with machetes. Want to know were true no holds bar indoctrinated hate and corruption lives? Mexico, and we should do what ever we can to make sure the Mexican can keep multiplying here on massive scale, while giving their aligence to their homeland that they would not dare go back too.

  17. What a great idea! The US of A should donate Texas and Arizona to Mexico. It could become a neutral land to be shared by the over flow problem. Each side can learn from the others differences in a new model community to prove that people of different races CAN get along. You can teach them English and they can teach you Spanish at no charge.

    "Machete" the movie is a FICTIONAL movie you dumb ass. Sort of like the bible.

  18. "while giving their aligence to their homeland that they would not dare go back too."

    (DON'T YOU MEAN "TO"?)

    Actually, i take back saying they should teach you Spanish. The Mexican's should actually teach you English as well. ( too)

    It seems to be true the racists are usually very stupid people.

  19. To anonymous at 11:01 -

    I am perplexed by what it is you are trying to say. Is it that you think all Mexicans hate Americans and wish to kill us? Or is it that you don't like the Roman Catholic Church (you should note that it is not an official Church in Mexico - so I assume you are just using that as an absurd example)?

    I am not in favor of an "open boarder." I very much believe in sensible immigration laws. The point of the post was to highlight that the United States is a country founded by immigrants and that our very core is that we are a land of opportunity for all. That we welcome people from all nations so that they may have a better opportunity.

    Immigration laws are Federal laws. Should the people of Arizona object to the immigration laws, then it is the duty of their congressional representatives to seek to change that in Washington.

    As to what is being proposed in Arizona, and what you are saying, it seems to be based on hate and fear, not enforcement of laws. And the very idea that we are here, so let's close the door to everyone else is antithetical to the basis of our Nation as so wonderfully demonstrated by the Statue of Liberty and the inscription thereon.

    I would ask that you read that poem again and tell me the part of that with which you disagree. As it has been part of this Nation's fundamental beliefs for 150 years, do you really believe that your beliefs - hate, fear, race-batting - should be paramount and that you are so much smarter than all of those who have come before you?

    If you can answer yes to that then your lack of intelligence is only outsized by your ego.

  20. The GOP has accomplished in a few short months what couldn't do in years. It kinda brings a lump to your throat and a tear to your eye.

  21. Even if I were conservative, I'd be asking myself whether or not it is wise to elect Republicans to office.

    The Republicans are willing to degrade themselves in any way and ruin all future chances of their group survival for a shot at a few seats in a midterm election. They are willing to rip our communities to tatters in hopes that a small, agitated, militant group of paranoiacs can propel them into office. And it's not like these guys are gonna have long careers.... By 2016 or 2020, they will simply be demographically insignificant next to all the Americans they hate.

    Even if I agreed with their aims, I would be really leery about handing power over to people who are so shortsighted and unscrupulous.

  22. They are willing to frighten the country into a double-dip recession, by telling consumers that the sky is falling.

    They are willing to flirt with violent rhetoric, knowing full well that they might accidentally send someone off into the deep end.

    They are willing to persecute select groups of people unjustly if they think it might excite their base.

    Their "leaders" take their cues from popular email hoaxes and talk radio personalities.

    In other words, they are totally unfit for leadership positions. Maybe we should corral them into a giant gun show/religious service/laser-light extravaganza with no public utilities or services of any sort... and we can tell them it's the rapture, and they won't know any different. We could even pipe in fake Fox News broadcasts to tell them that they are in heaven, and they would believe it. It would be a utopia for everyone.

  23. Very smart words form the comments above! Great article.

  24. Call me an "independent"- or maybe a "moderate". I'm socially liberal, agnostic, AND pro-CHOICE for: abortion rights, drug legalization, and anyone of age, not being close relatives, having the option of getting married. Financially I typically fall with the (D)'s. I stand with the true Libertarians on privacy rights, responsible firearm rights. I guess maybe I'm 90% liberal- without the fringe elements. I'm also old enough to have been voting Democrat for more than 2 sitting Democratic presidents.
    When I see the extremes on either side, it really makes me sick. Red herring extremist ideologies used by both the (D)s & (R)s to mobilize the fringes, AND to distract from the BIG issues such as corruption via the lobbyist culture, the WallSt tit, etc.
    I guess I expect a little more out of the Libs, even the fringe Libs. I expected wrong.
    Disappointed with what I'm seeing here. Posts either written by a bunch of angry teens, or the mirror images of their crazy rightwing brethren.
    (and flaming someone for spelling? or grammar, etc. regardless of how much you dislike them, just bad form.- as set down by the original flaming rules pre-www, in the newsgroups that pre-date most of the people posting here)
    Have some dignity. Just because your opponent doesnt, doesnt mean you should abandon yours.

  25. "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States"

    Those that are NOT here legally do NOT fit these historic words. They are not subject to the jurisdiction and therefore not citizens. California my home is flat out brioke due directly to thes people. Bottom line, we are all adults here, they are a problem and we have to secure the border in order to stem the flow of disease, crime and drug traffic. This concept is not racist, not haters just American.
    By the way, guess what nationality I am!

  26. The title of this blog post is very misleading. Since you provided no links to back up "...have asked that the Statue of Liberty be torn down. Announcing that they detest the pagan symbol of a Roman goddess and detest freedom, the Arizonians want to have a "pure" race so we need to rid the US of unwanteds." I assume that this is political humor/snark and a way of saying that these calls to amend the 14th Amendment are analogous to tearing down all that the Statue of Liberty and it's inscription represents.

    The problem is that the article makes it appear that some Republicans are literally (not figuratively) calling for the statue to be removed and people on the web are referencing it as if it were fact. My spouse gets all kinds of stupid, politcally conservative email forwards/alerts that are based on hot air and dubious "facts" from disreputable sources. I would hate to see progressives doing the same thing, citing this post as fact. Would you consider putting some kind of disclaimer in the article? Or if it is true, would you provide a link? The google search results I checked all led back to here.

    That said, I think you have a very insightful blog here and am very pleased to have discovered it.

  27. taking real facts into account...14th amendment was made for slaves to ensure that racists and slave owners couldn't deny them their rights and citizenship. the fact that it is abused and made a loophole is wrong. why do you criticize a senator for wanting to change a loophole in the system? and that being said i think the people who post on here as a joke are stupid. ya okay you can make a racist joke in a serious topic congrats, all you've done is fueled a fire on the other side and made it harder to reason with people. good job. i think both sides need to relax, set their preconceived notions aside and balance the pro's and con's of this issue.make it like school. one side does a presentation without name calling or mud slinging(which you see more adults do in politics than kids are allowed to do in school its pathetic) and you have a vote after say 4 presentations from each side.

  28. As a Mixed race person living in arizona i would have to say i stand by my state and the people protecting it. Im mexican but im here leagely like every one else should be! they dont only bring most of the drugs and crime they also take jobs from hard working people over populate our small and once beautiful state and they live off our grovernment. Im not saying we r any better than them in any way we have drugs and crime on our own but why add to it. if they want to be here they should do it the right way and respect our land and people

  29. As a republican from Arizona I can assure you that none of this is or ever has been true. The notion that Arizona is a "white trash bbq" state is completely misfounded. In fact, as the holder of the largest state university in the nation, there is a much stronger and more vocal liberal presence amongst the young people. To believe this is equivalent to finding Fox News to be fair and balanced.

  30. It's no wonder my United States is in such dire straits. Most of the commenters on here are f_cking idiots. Arizonians have no desire to tear down the statue. You people have no idea what you are talking about. The real problem in the USA is that ignoramuses are allowed to vote, thus taking down the whole country based on ignorance. The elite have done their job well. They have dumbed down enough of you to allow them to ride roughshod over the Constitution and the people of this great land. Well done, morons.