Writes Ralph Raico:
Lew, many people, including some libertarians, misunderstand the significance of the Statue of Liberty. It has nothing to do with immigration, or huddled masses yearning to breathe free (or just yearning to get on the welfare gravy train). That stuff came years afterwards, in a poem by Emma Lazarus tacked on. The name of the Lady in New York harbor that the French sent us as a birthday present in 1876 is “Liberty Enlightening the World.” That why she’s carrying the torch. And what she’s enlightening the world with isn’t the glories of open borders. It’s the libertarian ideals of the American Revolution. That’s why the book she’s carrying is inscribed “1776.” But the myth lives on.