TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Is Lady Liberty Weeping?

The honesty, integrity and diplomacy of the United States of America worldwide is on the line. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” — the name of the agreement that the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Russia signed with Iran — is about to be revoked by President Trump.

The plan was approved by the United Nations Security Council. Its purpose was to prevent development of nuclear weapons. There were obviously other considerations as well, but that was the focus when the plan was approved.

It is understood that Iran has lied about its intentions … but lying is certainly nothing new to this country as of late. The fact is, we signed an agreement, and all of our allies say Iran has honored it — including new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Everyone who has spoken about the agreement concedes it’s not perfect. But what is perfect is what it accomplishes. It allows our inspectors access to Iranian nuclear sites at any time and any place without notice. That means the inspectors have unrestricted access to assure nuclear compliance — and they have stated Iran is compliant.

So if the United States withdraws from the deal, that action will represent another turn away from the multilateral diplomacy that underpinned Obama’s foreign policy and has been America’s approach to the world for much of the 20th century.

At a time when strategy is essential, Trump — over the objections of some 60 percent of the country — wants to breach the agreement with Iran, while at the same time trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with North Korea.

Why would North Korea enter into a good-faith agreement with our country, given our decision to breach the same type of proposal with Iran?

Perhaps our new secretary of state, in whom I have some confidence, will at the last moment convince the president his idea to breach the agreement is bad. But since it is apparent the president listens to no one but himself, the secretary may run into his first, obvious failure.

By the time you read this article, our country will have either honored its agreement or breached it in bad faith. Our allies have been there for us when we needed them. It’s about time we reciprocate.

It was nice to see the first lady taking steps this week to advance the cause of women and children. The naysayers suggest her comments were crafted from Obama-era speeches. That bothers me not. If someone has said what you want to say, only better, why not use their words? But give them credit.

Melania Trump now has a chance to put her goals to work. As she focuses on the rights of women and children, she will be running right into — and hopefully right over — Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In this era in which advisers and friends of the president are pushing to privatize prisons (with private companies running them rather than state, local and federal agencies), Sessions has just announced that every person who tries to enter this country illegally will be detained and referred to federal prosecutors. He warned that will likely mean separating their children from their parents.

With absolutely no statistics to back him up, the leader of this country brands men, women and children seeking asylum as (in his words) murderers, rapists and the worst their countries can offer. He has said in so many words, “The countries from which the people are fleeing are not sending us their best.”

Actually, they aren’t “sending” us anyone. These individuals are fleeing for their lives — fleeing murder, rape, slavery and oppression along a route that leads through Mexico. Our nation has always been, and should be, open and welcoming to them. Aren’t these the very kinds of people our Statue of Liberty welcomes?

What do the words on Lady Liberty say?

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Amen.

7 thoughts on “TOM DAVIES: The Verdict — Is Lady Liberty Weeping?”

  • David Vorland May 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Spot on, as always

    1. Thomas A. Davies May 10, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you

  • Diana Esta Green May 10, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Take a look at the number of missing Natives. THEY are the only ones who are NOT foreign to this land. and yet they are treated like 3rd class citizens. There are at least 5000 Native women missing. WHERE ARE THEY?? Captured and put into the SLAVE trade or murdered. And WE ARE BETTER??? NOT.
    Wild Hawk.

    1. Diana Esta Green May 10, 2018 at 9:37 am

      The general public has NO IDEA what is really happening to the Natives. They have no rights, and when they begin to succeed, it is taken away, systematically. Listen to YouTube.com under Russell Means. He speaks of what is it really like to be Native. Truth is so frequently buried under political double talk. LISTEN and LEARN.
      Wild Hawk.

  • Thomas A. Davies May 10, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    No one can doubt the prejudice against our ONLY TRUE AMERICANS–THE TRIBES. i CAN ONLY HOPE THAT STEPS WILL BE TAKEN TO DECREASE PREJUDICE AND BIGOTRY BUT UNTIL TRUMP AND HIS ILK ARE GONE, AND MONIED INTERESTS LOSE THEIR CLOUT all minorities including those of color, race and income, will suffer.

  • dan ulmer May 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    excellent… he’s just following through on his campaign promises, which is why I didn’t vote for him in the first place… I’m really left wondering what his supporters do in those little white churches on Sunday and I think I’ve discovered why Jesus wept…dan

  • Ivy Vay Engh May 10, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Yes, I do believe that Lady LIberty is crying as well as so many of the rest of us.
    Thank you for writing such a wonderful article!


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