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June 15, 2009



I am reminded of the poem by Emma Lazarus’

The one graven on a tablet within the pedestal on which the statue of liberty stands.
The first two words are very powerful "NOT LIKE....

I believe sometimes 'what we are not' is as important
as what we are or what we believe. In this case it's the sum of all parts, what the judge is not, what she is and what she believes...it all makes for a solid statement of the person and professional.


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!"

Chris Ward

Well said, Sandy.

But America has lately been run for the benefit of the Americans (much as in the days leading up to 1776, America was being run for the benefit of the British, and the extreme unpopularity of that led to the French giving you Lady Liberty and other signs of freedom-loving that were impossible in colonial days).

How to open up to progress without another extreme discontinuity like that anywhere ?


The main issue here, is that America has stopped participating in politics. 40% of our voting age elected a leader at least half of them knew nothing about. We are in a downward spiral as a country because of the lack of political participation.

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