“Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared. And not to be outdone, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi added, “As the Statue of Liberty holds her torch of welcome high, there are tears in her eyes.” One wanted to row out into the harbor and offer Liberty a gigantic copper handkerchief to prevent one of her gigantic copper tears from dropping on a ferry and sinking it.
If only the Democrats were as intent on enforcing the restrictions on government enshrined in the Constitution as they are bent on enshrining the Emma Lazarus poem in law. The poem, of course, is where the famous “Give me your huddled masses” stuff is written. The statue itself was meant to celebrate the Enlightenment idea of Liberty. Hence the name “Liberty.” The poem was tacked on later.