Can we still say today’s immigrants are yearning to breathe free in the ideological sentiment of Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus? There was a time when people came to the United States looking for opportunities; now, they’re looking for a handout. More than half of today’s immigrants are on welfare; 76% if they have children.
Freedom has a new meaning in the Age of Obama. The new definition of freedom is squawking for a federal government teat so citizens can pay for their food, clothing, housing, medical care and education for their children. This country has changed and it’s not for the better.
Thomas Jefferson defined freedom in his first inaugural address. Here is an excerpt:
Let us, then, with courage and confidence pursue our own Federal and Republican principles, our attachment to union and representative government. Kindly separated by nature and a wide ocean from the exterminating havoc of one quarter of the globe; too high-minded to endure the degradations of the others; possessing a chosen country, with room enough for our descendants to the thousandth and thousandth generation; entertaining a due sense of our equal right to the use of our own faculties, to the acquisitions of our own industry, to honor and confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not from birth, but from our actions and their sense of them; enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter—with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.
Today’s federal government has repudiated these simple truths. Our Washington D.C. masters look upon the citizens of this country as an unruly mob that can’t be mollified. We have to be replaced by third-worlders who appreciate the heavy hand of a beneficent government who’ll take from others and give it to them. Is it any wonder Democrats are reluctant to define the United States as an exceptional nation when they have nothing but contempt for its people.