Is the dream still alive?
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!"
What I find recently bothersome, and it's mostly because of the rough job market, is that people that I normally would consider rational and level headed are becoming frightened, upset or even a little bit bigoted, and frankly it bothers me. It bothers me a whole lot that when things get rough, some people get vicious or paranoid. We all know that immigration is broken, but immigration is hardly a large part of the job market issue right now. It's a bunch of other things piled up together. I really have a problem with people that have an anti-immigrant stance who are not affected by it directly. Maybe because my husband has BEEN an immigrant, albeit a legal one, for the last 8 years. The only difference is that he's German not Hispanic and he works in IT, not labor. It doesn't matter though. Despite my husbands long list of professional certifications in IT security, there are people who would want to do him harm because he's not American and working in an American market where he is in demand and excelling at it.
How have we forgotten that our great great grandfathers and great grandfathers came over here looking for the same promise which is given to those people looking to better their lives and the lives of their loves ones to be met with hatred and anger because of our flailing economy and job market. History repeats itself yet again. Can't we remember where we have come from? Why can't we just agree that immigration is broken and then DO something about it instead of just being angry at the symptom? I suppose people have a right to be afraid, but it's the anger and hate that lies behind much of it that scares me. People I have respected are changing fundamentally and causing me to reassess my opinions of them. Am I being too self righteous? Maybe. I don't know. All I know is what I believe and what I see is that things are slowly coming apart at the seams. This country is slowly coming apart at the seams. Is the dream dying? Is "change that we can believe in" just a message of hope? Or are things actually getting better and we just can't see it yet in relation to jobs? Are we becoming SO divided that we are falling apart from within? Are the Democrats and Republicans with their bickering between and even AMONGST themselves within party an outward sign of this? I don't know, but I have been wondering this every day for the past year or so.