Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Turning the Other Cheek for Liberty

A man from Toledo ironically named Art Bollinger has created a statue exposing (if you will) his neighbors and, thanks to Drudge, the rest of the world, to his views on illegal immigration.

Bollinger's statue, which stands in his front yard, is a mock-up of that great enduring symbols of American freedom, the Statue of Liberty, with her skirts hoisted to reveal her underwear-clad ass. She is surrounded by a sea of American flags and a banner emblazoned with the motto "Kiss My American Ass", no doubt taken from a lesser known verse of Emma Lazarus' famous poem:
Give me your tired, your poor,
So I can ship this wretched refuse
back to its own damned teeming shore.
Kiss my American ass and bugger off!
I must tip my hat to Mr. Bollinger for his literary detective skills, because this obscure verse hasn't seen the light of day since it was used, in edited form, in Ronald Reagan's proclamation canceling federal funding for mental health facilities in the early 1980s.

Bollinger's artistic statement tells us a lot about his views on illegal immigration (he opposes it), but it lifts the skirts on his apparently rich fantasy life as well. Lady Liberty is vividly depicted wearing an un-Ladylike pair of black thong panties, although he did not replace her sandals with 5-inch stiletto heels.

So, whence and wherefore Bollinger's animus?
Bollinger says his wife is from Russia and he had to jump through all kinds of hoops and pay for the process of her becoming a US citizen. He feels everyone else should do the same.
"She didn't look half as good as she did in the catalog, either," he continued. God Bless America, from sea to fortified sea!
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