When it comes to the folks of Westeros, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has no mercy. But when it comes to the children, women, and men fleeing ISIS, his heart and home state are open.
While American governors and wannabe presidents have turned the refugee crisis into a ghoulish quest to outdo each other in being the grossest garbage person, Martin posted the Emmy Lazarus poem “The New Colossus,” which is engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. “A statue given to the United States by France, our nation’s oldest friend and ally… a bit of history that seems especially important just now, in light of the recent horrors in Paris,” Martin reminds his readers, before writing:
For me, Lady Liberty and the words on her base represent the best of what this nation of immigrants is all about. One has to wonder if all the governors (including our own governor here in New Mexico, I am ashamed to say) and congressmen voting to keep out the Syrian refugees have ever visited the Statue, or read the words on her base. If so, they surely failed to understand them.(Emphasis his)
Of course, most everyone knows the part about ‘your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,’ but let me draw your attention to some other lines of the poem:
— a mighty woman with a torch… her name Mother of Exiles,
— from her beacon hand, Glows world-wide welcome,
— send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me.
Emma Lazarus had it right. Donald Trump and thirty-one governors have it wrong, wrong, wrong.
The Syrian refugees are as much victims of ISIS as the dead in France.
Let them in. Santa Fe, at least, will welcome them.
The dude who murdered scads of sweet-natured Starks has more humanity that Trump. I mean, we knew that because of the Sad Puppies biz and also because a wadded up rag of bacon grease has more humanity than Trump. Still, it’s nice to be reminded that a man can be white, rich and American without being a racist, bile-spewing pussbag.
But Martin’s not done. He’s also responding to Game of Thrones fans irked by his empathy. (Click image to enlarge)
Kristy Puchko would like to tug Martin’s beard affectionately.