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    I usually never get political... I mean, I NEVER touch politics on any kind of public forum.  It's a rule.  This is the Internet, for crying out loud.  That's begging for trouble!  People start blood feuds over the most trivial topics imaginable, to say say nothing of things that actually MATTER to the world at large!

    But this... I can't get this out of my head.  Ever since Republican front-runner Donald Trump declared that, in the event of his presidency, he'd see to it that any Syrian refugees who made their way to our country would be sent back to where they came from.  He argues that some, if not many (or even most) of them are likely ISIS spies, an insidious undercover army set to overwhelm the nation, though the roots of his suspicions are phrased as little more than a general impression.  He seems to be playing somewhat fast and loose with his figures.  But he furthermore suggests that while it may be possible to create a "safe zone" for the refugees in Syria, "we don't have to help them by taking them into our country."  His announcements were met with cheers from his followers. 

    And I keep remembering a few particular lines from an old poem...

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!"

-Emma Lazarus

    Maybe we can't afford to keep that lamp lit anymore.  Maybe times have grown too dangerous, too crowded, too wicked.  I hope not.  But in any case, I would have expected it to be extinguished with the greatest regret and solemnity... never with cheers.


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Joe England
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I spent six years learning at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, and have been publishing my webcomic (Zebra Girl) since 2000. I don't drink, smoke, eat meat, or do drugs, and yet I remain worthy of pity. Then again, that might go without saying.


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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
I wanna see how your new story goes...
Miz-Jynx Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You art so good, why did you- how could watched ME?  *disbelieving*  Why on Earth would you?!  Even though I super appreciate it!
Thank you so much!  I really appreciate it!  Llama Emoji-21 (Speechless) [V1] by Jerikuto
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
  Aw, shucks.  You're too kind.  Heck, don't sell yourself short.
Siansaar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Man I'd almost completely forgotten about the spontaneous combustion thing. It's been way too long :D
I almost want to see Joe combusted for getting us so close to an explanation from Zandra, then yanking the rug out from under us, but I'll forgive him because of the awesome Zandra/Crystal art.
exedor3 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the faves! Very much appreciated!
Siansaar Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Mfw Hellboy reference :iconhurrplz:
Good thing the Varcolac doesn't have appeared to appear in our little town!
Happy 15th!
JoeEngland Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!  Heh, well, the Varcolac is a real creature in folklore, though Mignola did inspire me to research it (at least, as much as I could get from Wikipedia).  I actually found out that it's mostly thought of as a sort of werewolf.  There are several places where the lines blur, the Pricolici is another example.  So in my cosmology, Varcolac and Pricolici are werewolf vampires (or vampire werewolves)!
RedKnight33 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
I saw Sandra's 15th B-day photo. Nice work. :)

So she spent her 15th B-day at a Chuck E. Cheese type of place? :)

Were there any singing animatronics? :)
JoeEngland Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
There were, but they were out of order.  No one was disappointed... they hadn't worked in like a year.
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