Until recently, I thought of propaganda as something negative, something false. A pretty lie told to cover up a more unsightly truth, but that doesn’t have to be the case. In the political turmoil that has enveloped our country, the statement made regarding Elizabeth Warren “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” struck a chord. During this whole debate about immigration, I kept returning to the words on the Statue of Liberty, a historic symbol of the United States of America. It is a portion of a poem by Emma Lazurus:
“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!”
I see the spirit of the words inscribed on that great monument in the protests. The beautiful lady given as a symbol of alliance during a revolution that gave power to the people and birth to a country. While she may fade a little from time to time, her light never truly goes out.