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The Artful Dodger is Enchanting

November 25, 2014

Imagine if you were a poor orphan roaming the countryside.  You have no money and no food.  All you have is a deep desire to make a life for yourself in the big city.  Who would you hope to run into by chance?  Why the Artful Dodger, of course!

This puts me in the mood to sing.  Good thing none of you can hear me right now.

Consider yourself at home.
Consider yourself one of the family.
We’ve taken to you so strong.
It’s clear we’re going to get along.
Consider yourself well in
Consider yourself part of the furniture.
There isn’t a lot to spare.
Who cares?.. What ever we’ve got we share!

If it should chance to be
We should see
Some harder days
Empty larder days
Why grouse?
Always a-chance we’ll meet
Somebody
To foot the bill
Then the drinks are on the house!
Consider yourself our mate.
We don’t want to have no fuss,
For after some consideration, we can state…
Consider yourself
One of us!

When I was watching Oliver!, it reminded me of the poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Statue-of-Liberty-and-Ellis-Island

“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!”

I hate to make this into a political discussion, but illegal immigrants shouldn’t be treated like trash or fired upon by rednecks with guns at our borders.  Real freedom is about finding a place for people who show up on our shore, and working out a way to for all of us to live here.

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