Remarks at Prescott Park, Fall, 2017
Jumbotron shows images of adorable immigrant children coming in at Ellis Island mixed with more recent children at the detention centers for women and children in Texas, mixed with images of the wall along the Texas border and the Statue of Liberty.
Old man leaves stage handing microphone to MC, who wears a hat “Qui Tacit Consentit”
And the governor said, “Well, maybe she doesn’t have any rights in Mount Vernon, but up here in Portsmouth, she is a human being and human beings have rights.”
Now, of course, I wasn’t around at the time. And in the 18th century, there were no recordings or TV or youtube, but I like the story the way I told it. Sort of alternative facts, or alternative history. And, any way, the essentials must be pretty close, because Washington never did get his slave back.
She was the winner, in that one. She was a refugee who got across the border and was free. And, far as I know, people around here are happy she did.
So, we've said and done important things before. No reason we can't do that again.