Something HAS changed in America. No, it's not the increase in homelessness—it's the obvious decrease in compassion and huge increase in ignorance. I read one comment above from someone who claims to have asked some homeless people why they don't get a job and have a nice place to live. That's not a survey. Please, stop bashing the homeless, many of whom are veterans with PTSD or people with mental health and/or addiction problems. Your self serving rhetoric doesn't prove anything except how arrogant and heartless you have become. Just because you have a job and a house doesn't make you a good human being. Try to take 5 minutes out of your self-obsessed, material driven, sadly judgemental life to have a caring thought about those less fortunate. Life can have many twists and turns and one day it could be you or a family member that needs compassion. In 1883 Emma Lazarus penned a sonnet titled "The New Colossus" which, in 1903, was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty. The sonnet reads: Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she with silent lips. "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-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Are these words simply the hollow pining of a bygone era or does Lady Liberty’s golden torch still shine brightly upon America’s future?