You asked for the tired, the poor

the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

You said with your lamp light lifted high…

Send them all to me.


You said this is the land where everyone

everyone…shall breathe free.

You said you were the beacon of hope

our statue of liberty.


But it’s been a long time since they arrived

since they traveled across the sea

and some people in this country 

are still yearning to be free


Some people are made to feel inferior

they are made to feel small…

not only can they not breathe free…

but some…cannot breathe at all.


And although it’s late…it’s not too late

to act…as we pray on bended knee…

to listen to their voices…

and let everyone breathe free.


For until the day when everyone

Everyone…breathes free

then you are just another statue

and not our statue of liberty.

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Our preamble begins with We the People.

Three words that still enthrall

as does the ending of our Pledge of Allegiance 

with liberty and justice for all.


The founders of our country 

placed enormous importance on the idea of liberty

and an equal amount of importance 

on the need for equality.


These were the two pillars that created our country

held up for all the world to see:

That everyone in America is equal… 

That everyone is free.


But as I look around our country

I’m saddened by what I see.

More people are talking about freedom 

and less about equality


They want to be free to intimidate, free to victimize,

Free to bully…to discriminate

Free to lie, deceive and cheat…

Free to scorn and curse and hate.


Free to put themselves above We the People

’Til it seems their point of view

is one of liberty for them

and justice for a few.


With our pillars crumbling America is leaning

and unless there is liberty and justice for all…

unless we give as much weight to equality as to freedom

I’m afraid she’s going to fall.



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Is This What She Meant?

Yesterday for perverse reasons...like prejudice, fear and hate,

we began to turn our backs 

on the very people who made this country great.


We began to strip away the principles our founding fathers had endowed.

As a citizen of the United States...

this does not make me proud.


It seems to me this country that I love...

is falling victim to bigotry and hate

How could we have forgotten what it is that makes us great?


As our principal symbol of freedom,

Liberty’s true complement...

Do you think she’s still standing proud today?


Do you think this is what she meant?

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