The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to commemorate the American Revolution – the liberation of the American people from the tyranny of British colonial rule. Symbolizing the ideals of freedom and self-determination, this iconic statue was a welcome sight to millions of immigrants as they entered New York harbor. Internationally, the statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World” (official name) has been seen as a beacon of hope – the hope that liberty and self-governance will eventually encompass the world.
'Lady Liberty' is depicted in the very act of liberation – stepping forward, breaking shackles around her ankles. The seven tines of her crown have been interpreted as the spread of liberty across the seven seas and continents. The tablet of law held in her left hand is in the shape of a keystone – symbolically illustrating the idea that law is the keystone of civilization. “July 4 1776” is inscribed in Roman numerals on the tablet, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States – a nation of people liberated from political tyranny.
Our ancestors immigrated to America with hopes and dreams of a new life. The 'American dream' can be summed up in two popular mottoes: “land of the free” and “land of opportunity.” Freedom and opportunity are interdependent. Without freedom, there is no opportunity. The erosion of democracy by the corrosive influence of big money in our political system is jeopardizing the American dream. It is tragically ironic that our nation – historically a beacon of hope and liberty for the world – is succumbing to tyranny from within. If we the people fail to rise up in unity to preserve the sanctity of our political system, it is possible that we will lose our freedom and democracy altogether.
Electing politicians who uphold the Constitution and represent people rather than big money will ensure that the American dream doesn't become a pipe dream.
“United we stand, divided we fall”