“Hate-Riots vs The Promise-Land”


“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” — Alexis de Tocqueville




“Give us your tired and weak
And we will make them strong
Bring us your foreign songs
And we will sing along”

Precisely the opposite sentiment is demonstrated by the pseudo-patriots in this recent  photo from the Dallas Morning News.  It is also an echo of a part of the New Colossus on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  How can these people be so sure they are patriotic?  It would seem they operate on the same premise of many delusional individuals and calls to mind the lyric “Paranoia strikes deep; into your mind it will creep.”  Just hypothesizing, but it appears as though these screaming Texans are in the grip of something malign.

“Leave us your broken dreams
We’ll give them time to mend
There’s still a lot of love
Living in the Promise-land”

We will give your broken dreams time to mend, says the hymn, but these Hate-Riots don’t seem ready to give the refugees time to breathe or think let alone mend. Looking at these faces twisted in anger, would anyone conclude there is still a lot of love living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. If these screamers send any message, it is one of irrational hostility and fear all out of proportion to any actual threat or danger.

“Living in the Promise-land
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom feels”

From the alarm on the faces of the Hate-Riots it seems their dreams are made of tissue paper.  Nor do they seem to acknowledge the hopes of all to experience freedom and learn the feel of it. If the emotions of the Hate-Riots are how freedom truly feels then perhaps that feeling is not all it has been cracked up to be.


“There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
And room for everyone
Living in the Promise-land”

The road is long and arduous and that is surely true for this latest band of refugees. They have traversed shifting sands, mountains, rivers, and many perils in the hope that there would indeed be room for them. The Hate-Riots are bellowing there is no room and emulating the response Jesus, whom they likely believe is their Savior, supposedly received prior to his birth.  It is probable they do not appreciate the inherent contradiction between their professions of Christianity and their present actions.


“So they came from a distant isle
Nameless woman
Faithless child like a bad dream
Until there was no room at all
No place to run, and no place to fall”

These refugees actually are come from distant lands rather than a distant isle, but they are nameless and hopeful,  rather than faithless. How can any person of goodwill believe and assert that there is no room?  It seems there is no way to reconcile this absurdity. If one shrieks there is no room, one forfeits all claim to being a person of goodwill.


“Give us our daily bread
We have no shoes to wear
No place to call our home
Only this cross to bear”

These people are poor. It is impossible to be a refugee and affluent at the same time. When one flees for one’s life, there is little one can carry and much gets lost along the way. The violence and malice of drug gangs and the drug trade have turned the home countries of the refugees into virtual hostile fire zones. Is it not comprehensible to all with minds to think and hearts to care why these people are seeking asylum? Is not the right and generous response blindingly obvious?


“We are the multitudes
Lend us a helping hand
Is there no love anymore
Living in the Promise-land”

These are the multitudes and they need open arms and helping hands. The question is well put: “Is there no love anymore living in the Promise-land?” Let us resoundingly answer: “There is love here yet, and you are welcome to shelter here!” We, a nation built by refugees and immigrants, will not turn you away in your time of need.

If the verses of this popular song are not sufficiently authoritative, let us consider the American’s Creed as adopted April 13, 1918:

“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

William Tyler Page said of the creed: “It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders.” The wording of the Creed uses passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.

The Creed asserts the proposition that the United States of America is a government of, by, and for the people with just powers derived from the consent of the governed. The people can in no way be said to endorse or prefer hateful action toward refugees. The government’s just powers make provision for proper treatment of refugee children. The Creed also avers America is a “sovereign Nation … one and inseparable” that is “established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots have sacrificed their lives and fortune.” Do any of the people in the photo seem to be motivated by the principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity? They do not and thus, they can lay no real claim to patriotism. What we observe in the photo is more properly called Hate-riotism.
Finally, the American’s Creed asserts a duty to the Country to love it… and support its Constitution; obey its laws; and defend it against all enemies. There is an applicable law; benign treatment of refugees is completely Constitutional; and the true enemies of the Republic are as likely to lurk within as to come from without.

“Living in the Promise-land
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom feels
There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
And room for everyone
Living in the Promise-land”

So let us do our duty and honor our heritage. Let us demonstrate our commitment to freedom, equality, justice, and humanity. Let us be Americans worthy of the patriots who have gone before and people that our children and grandchildren can be proud of!




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  • I can’t believe their priests, ministers and rabbis haven’t reined these folks in and told them a few home truths. Wonder if they’ve given any thought to the reception they’ll get at those Pearly Gates. Think they’d like to be told there’s no room for them in heaven? Except for Native Americans, we’re ALL immigrants or descendants of immigrants!

    Fine effort, Larry. Now I hope the people who need to will read it.

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    • Larry Conley

      Thanks, Melody. The Willie Nelson song had been going through my mind for a while now and this picture prompted me to do a riff off of it.

      I doubt they contemplate the contradiction. Fanatics rarely see any perspective but their own narrow, vicious view.

      Thanks again.


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