Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Finally, I sat and watched two very close friends marry set against the backdrop of magnificent Santa Fe, New Mexico thinking to myself, I can be certain that in America, equality for all will come because progress is inevitable and we have never been a nation that steps backward. It gave me hope that perhaps someday in the future I would once again recognize my country even from the other side of the world and be able to cite it as an example of how to do things well.
As I was sitting in the airport waiting for my onward flight to China a news clip rolled about the just-happened Republican debate. The looney unchecked statements, the frightening backwards positions on equal rights, and the blatant lies were blasting through and all I could think was "what America do these people live in because it's certainly not the one I just spent a month visiting." The hate, the anger, the discrimination, and the stupidity were downright frightening and quite frankly, I've had enough of it. It's time to save our country from the onslaught of absurdity, the doom of stagnation, and the era of praising ignorance. It's time to take America back. BRING IT.
On a lighter note, you can find all my pictures on flickr here:
New York City, Utah, Washington DC, Santa Fe, Justin Giles' Soul Escape Starring Amy Nadeau
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