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     "The goddess of freedom promises to enlighten the world with freedom, but then she has this tablet of law, reminding us that there are strict precepts.  There is no absolute freedom, but rather limitations."

     "But doesn’t the tablet say 1776, not 1787?"

     "Yes, it clearly invokes the Declaration of Independence."


     "The tablet is suggestive of the twelve tablets of Roman law as well as the Code of Hammurabi, but in Western society, the great symbol of the law is Mosaic.  So to me, the tablets symbolize constitutional law."


     "The significance of the Statue of Liberty holding a tablet of law has not been lost on commentators over the years….   ‘Liberty carried the Tables of the Law in her left arm, while her forehead shone with light like the prophet’s on Mount Sinai.’"


     "In Exodus 24, God summons Moses up Mount Sinai and promises to give him ‘the stone tablets with the teachings and commandments which I have inscribed.’"


     "Was Bartholdi aware of this lineage"  Did he puposefully connect Liberty’s nimbus to Moses?"

     "’I'm not sure where he came up with this idea,’  Moreno said.  ‘Was it the Hebrews, the Greeks?  But it seems to me that he probably got it from Judeo-Christian sources, because the nimbus constantly resonated in European thought.  Even if Bartholdi himself didn’t go to Rome to see Michelangelo’s Moses, his friends did.  And they were sharing ideas.'’

     "The statue’s most unusual symbol may represent its most direct link to Exodus.  Traditional depicitons of Roman Libertas show her left arm down at her side, holding a broken jug, signifying the slaves’ release….  The final statue shows Liberty holding a singular rectangular tablet, inscribed with July IV,  MDCCLXXVI, or July 4, 1776.  Tablets were not common in classical art and were  introduced into European art in conjunction with one story,  Moses carrying the Ten Commandments down Mount Sinai."


     "… I started with the chains and shackle at Liberty’s feet."

     "Ostensibly they symbolize independence from England, but secretly they mean other kinds of servitude — slavery, tyranny, any kind of oppression in the world.  That’s why immigrants and refugees legitimately saw the statue as a symbol of their freedom."

     "…But the notion that light should envelop the head of an exalted figure is introduced in the Hebrew Bible, predating all of these uses.  In the first sentence of Genesis, God is associated with light as he utters the earliest words ever spoken: ‘Let there be light.’  God later appears to Moses in an illuminated burning bush, and he appears to the Israeilites encamped at Mount Sinai as ‘a consuming fire on the top of the mountain.’  The first human being to have his presence infused with God’s light is Moses."


     (Of Moreno)  "He never left.  A first-generation polyglot American and a sponge for languages, Moreno was a perfect Boswell for Liberty.  He has since written one book and one encyclopedia on the subject in English and was cowriting another in German, and in order to examine all the immigrant documents that came into the library, he had managed to learn French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Afrikaans, Romanian, Portuguese, and Catalan.  ‘They’re all related,’ he said nonchalantly, as if the task was as simple as collecting his mail."


     "Barry Moreno was not what I had expected.  On the phone, the chief historian of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island sounded like a pencil pusher who wore a green visor and toted a tuna fish sandwich to the island every day.  I would have pegged him for balding and fifty.  In person he looked like a backup singer for Madonna.    He wore fashionably flared jeans, trendy shoes, and a yellow, polka-dotted dress shirt with unbuttoned French cuffs.   The son of an Egyptian mother and a Cuban-Italian father, he also has long, lithe fingers that he bends back in the manner of  a yoga instructor."


     "On a gray approach from Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty doesn’t quite stir the  soul as the postcard images would suggest.  Her mint color seems more chilly than star-spangled.  She faces south, meaning that for much of the ride you’re viewing her from behind."


     (And still from Bruce Feiler in his AMERICA’S PROPHET - Moses and The American Story with a use of an "&" to signify that his works are being presented in a reversed order:)

     "The ROSEMARY MILLER, a small coast guard vessel, docks at the  pier, and a half-dozen commuters walk up the short plank and gather in the open air at the stern.  Many carry brown-bag lunches or crumpled plastic sacks.  One wears a hard hat.  Ignoring the wind, a few are trying to talk on cell phones or listen to Ipods.  These workers are taking the morning commute to Liberty Island, and as the boat pushes off from the shore, all of them are leaning against the rail or huddled in small groups, looking north.  The statue is south.  I had been invited by the monument’s chief historian to take the staff boat to the island, and my first impression is that if you are exposed to the statue often enough, even the country’s beacon of hope can become a mere backdrop.  As the boat splashes into the harbour I risk exposing myself as a newbie when I defiantly look south."

     "At the close of the Civil War, the country’s most profound shock may have been the damage to its self-image as a chosen people, selected by God to create a biblical kingdom on earth.  Even more destabilizing, the closing decades of the nineteenth century brought a dizzying barrage of intellectual movements, economic transformations, and scholarly invention that collectively constituted the biggest threat to the Bible’s authority in its nearly two millennia of influence.  Charles Darwin published THE ORIGINS OF SPECIES in 1859, initiating a direct assault on the biblical idea that God created the world in six days.  Also, literary critics exploded the traditional view of who wrote the Bible.  Custom held that Moses wrote the books that bore his name; David wrote the psalms; and the prophets wrote their books.  Scholars now argued that different authors composed the stories, often long after the events described.  Educated people were force to accept that the Bible may contain the word of God but also contains the work of scribes.  Overnight, everything known about the Israelites was open to question.  Did Moses really turn the Nile into blood?  Did he really part the Red Sea"  Did he even esist?  And what about God."

     "…  The ‘age of belief’ gave way to a ’scientific revolution.’  The grip of evangelicals gave way to wave after wave of Catholic and Jewish immigrants.  By 1900 it became clear that if the nineteenth century had been America’s Protestant century, the twentieth century would be something else entirely.  And that raised the question:  If America’s focus on the Bible was diminishing, would its attachment to Moses lessen as well?"




Filed under: — @jphoganorg @ 9:06 am

On December 5, 2009 a shadow of its former self reared itself back into the news.

Remember all the czars?

A shadow of its former self, now, and wrapped up "presidential" with a record number of new czars?

Remember all the Tsars?

A shadow of its former self, now, and wrapped up "presidential" with a record number of few Tsars?



A time to dissolve the United States into six separate regions and so as well to a shadow of its former self?

Remember Ukraine?

Remember if still federated with Ukraine Russia could be two thirds the size of U.S.A. and not nearer one third.

Remember a new Russian temper - remember Georgia separatists?

A czar for every region?  A Tsar for just one from many - RESET?

Remarkably, maybe we should have bombed the old U.S.S.R. super architecture of days gone by of global expansionism in Soviet communism, just to help with some "ghost-busting"?  How haunted are these old Russian halls of spirits expansionist of Soviets of a by-gone era?

START treaties to an America fallen to six separate regions, and nothing to consider?

On Georgia Russia had it right, maybe.

On Georgia and Separatists Russia may have had no other "move"!

On Georgia a geo-politic and geo-mapping quite live in Fruedian "separation" and "modern" in prophylactics/non proliferation, nuclear.

On Georgia and "Separatists" how cruel they were, how cruel they were to have treated their separation in geo-nuclear concerns as a bodily "removal" and not a "non-proliferation–prophylactic removal and discarding"! 

You do remember what Georgia’s shape is and how the new Russia with fewer Tsars was near a effecting to a rotation "graphic" on "borders" to another anatomically correct rendering?

You do remember that as U.S.S.R. split and to parts large in size but smaller in populations than many states including Iraq, and, some small in size and of recognizable shapes?

RESET?  Wasn’t an option for Georgia so behaving "Separtists"?

Yes Georgia before Russian protests and now again does look like a discarded prophylactic, a weapon in nuclear non proliferation.

Yes Georgia during uprising was becoming more a "Russian derriere" and with word play to assert a different type of "separation" for a new Georgia.

Yes it was re-established in presidential federation politics without Georgia having to face a missing "tip" to unwanted proliferation concerns.

What is politics today?  Should the U.S.A. fall apart or disolve into six separate regions?

What is politics today?  Are we not too big to fail?

What is politics today?  A czar for every social issue and then some with a new expansionist America in neo-colonialism, just so that those we defeated feel less defeated?

On December 5th, 2010?

On December 6, 2010 > "Condoleezza Rice Goes "NUCLEAR" While Co-Hosting The View"?

On December 7th, again a somber reminder of expansionist governance?

Why is "Russia" even at the START table?  RESET to what?

RESET?  RESET to the days before Obama/Clinton "political" take-over of Afghan conflict and their rush to just add more troops with out defined mission or goals that had them exercised to an "accidental" widening of Afghan theater with a broaching of Pakistan and its politics?

RESET?  RESET to days of U.S.S.R. before Afghanistan became the Gettysburg of the Cold War and so the pivotal "turning point" to Reagan’s defeat of Communist Menace?  Reset to days before Russian governance couldn’t bring Afghanistan to their socialism?

So "Speaker" Boehner and party hacks:  Is our current state of problems with Washington that of "socialist" domestic expansion now past its prime and needing a dissolution too? 

So "Speaker" Boehner and party hacks:  Were not our federalized socializings in welfare and medicare and such for our forgotten youth and elderly but a short term "socialist" experiment also impossible to lasting "solutions" and "temporary"?

So "Speaker" Boehner and party hacks:  Afghanistan was the "Gettysburg" of the Cold War of the "turning point" away from a greater spreading of Soviet Socialism, right?  And, Iraq embrace of Ba’athism a reported "perversion" of conception of "Ba’athism" as to a United Arab Socialist State? (Alan Hart in ARAFAT - TERRORIST OR PEACEMAKER)

So fellow members of these united socialist states of America:  Have we gone too far?  Was nationalization of any part of "welfare" and "healthcare" but a short term socialist "patch" needed until more "American" local solutions could be worked, and worked more locally, even to six separate "new" regions for our United States?

So fellow members of these united socialist states of America: Have we gone too far?  Has socialism run its full course of usefulness in America too?  Regardless of whether Russia should be at START, would Pakistan be speaking Russian now if not for Afghanistan as a new "Gettysburg"?

So fellow members of these united socialist states of America:  Have we gone too far?  Or did we just not go far enough - how did we let old Soviet grand halls stand to become so haunted by expansionist ghosts, and even pining for such maybe of "Hillary"?  Did we just not go far enough > Is President Obama destined to be the leader of a united socialist new global state and now when "internet" and computing now finally here as tools necessary but once missing, as like Hitler needed punch card processing to organize, but, more of a new evangelizing to a new "BIG BROTHER"? 

Have we not gone far enough?  With Moscow home to "more billionaires than any other city" has Obama and Clinton failed us not for pushing for a new expansionist socialism but for pushing for such globally without a seizure too of all of Moscow’s billionaires wealth, and not just those from "oil profiteering"?

Remember all the czars? 

Remember the original intent, the founders?

Remember the Constitution?  Our Constitution of our United States of America and its experiment in individual rights "under God"?

For December 5, 2010:  What is a "measured response"? 

For December 6, 2010:  What is a "presidential federation"?

For December 7, 2010:  Are we ready for presidential terms of just two year increments with a max to eight years still?