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I had to chuckle upon reading a letter in which the writer cautions the ever self-congratulating Ed Konecnik to be careful not to dislocate his shoulder while constantly patting himself on the back.

I had the same impression upon reading Konecnik’s voluminous letters describing his interpretation of freedom and liberty. As the writer stated, it would embarrass the Statue of Liberty and what she stands for.

You know, that old “give me your tired, your poor” thing. But what the heck, what does she know about freedom and liberty?

Konecnik seems to enjoy using faux-quotes to reinforce his views. Recently he attributed “Americans are so enamored with equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom” to Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America.”

I prefer to think of America as being more in line with the sentiments of our lady in the harbor, who describes a kinder, more compassionate America, a “good” America.

To misquote yet another Tocqueville-ism, equally faux but far more soulful, “America is great because she is good and if America ever ceases to be good, she will also cease to be great.”

Arlene Philomena

Bayside

Posted 12:00 am, March 17, 2014
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2nd class citizen from queens says:
Well Arlene, America is only great depending on who you ask. As a millennial, I am starting to doubt the "greatness" of America. When my grandmother came here from Ireland back in the 1920s, she got more than what she bargained for. She fell in love and married my grandfather and in the end after 8 kids together, he left her. My grandmother had to work 3 jobs to take care of the kids she had. She said that if she knew how much she'd have to work, she would've stayed in Ireland. My father, however, Did do good for himself after growing up in the ghetto in the south Bronx so many years ago. But now It's my turn to actually "grow up" in America. I was always taught to go to school and you'll be able to get a good job. Okay, my generation did that, but where are we? Living in the most overpriced city in the world, we can not afford housing here in nyc and many of us are underemployed in America (as a whole). We have to move out of our homestates just to find this "great America" that I have been taught about all my life. I have lived in 2 other states, but while it was nice, the cost of living was almost the same as NYC. In those other two states, I also found myself working two jobs to make it. I ended up moving back to NYC for family reasons. But in america, I feel as if you work and work and work and you get absolutely nowhere. Heaven forbid if you want to start a family here. I thought we were suppose to be going forward in times, not backwards. Yes, in America we are free (which is great), but that freedom comes with a price tag.
March 17, 2014, 5:19 am

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