The political cartoon from the Sept. 12 edition expressed everything that could possibly be said and more.
My heart tugged for her, ached for us all, and cried for those who were a direct target of such meaningless destruction. I sometimes sit in amazement at the inhumanity of people who carry so much hate in their hearts for a nation that offers nothing but the hope for freedom and democracy for all.
If you don't know the cartoon I am responding to, it is the one of the Statue of Liberty sitting on her pedestal, her book and torch set down to her side, her face cupped in her hands and she is weeping for her people. After seeing this, it was all I thought about, because she is what we Americans stand for … freedom, liberty and justice. My thoughts were quickly written down and go as follows:
Her eyes are pooled with tears that burn hot as they stream down her cheeks. Her heart is full of grief, almost too much to bear. Scenes flash of long ago return quickly to her mind. Her head swims in unbelief. She is silent, but only for a moment. She is steady and unwavering in the midst of adversity. She is a beacon of light in the darkest of times. She is the foundation of freedom, liberty and hope for democracy for all that know her. She is AMERICA. Her voice is as loud as thunder that rolls angrily across the sky. She calls for her people to stand united and bravely defy any who would dare try to knock her down. With the eagle's eye, she will continue to watch those who have tried. She has seem much, endured much and must endure much more. But, just as sure as the sun will rise to shine, she will prevail. She will carry on, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.