Tuesday, May 16th, 2006 at 7:04 am.

Dismantling the Statue of Liberty

Laura A posted in Politics

A very brief dream, unusual in the aspect I rarely dream of anything political. I am thinking this is more symbolic of what the Statue of Liberty represents in terms of immigration, and the points of her crown symbolizing the seven seas and continents. This is already a hot news topic, but I think there is much more political controversy to come down the line.

the dream

I am watching the CNN news. White House key speaker is making an announcement that the Statue of Liberty is going to be dismantled. President Bush has caused a riff with the French government, and the Prime Minister announces they are happy to see it taken down, but would like it returned to their country. Engineers are already on site, and scaling scaffolding that has been set up around the statue. They are being guarded by the Army. The first thing the engineers are removing are the points of her crown.

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7 Responses to “Dismantling the Statue of Liberty”

  1. Harry says:

    I’ve been upset the last 24 hours about a nasty political situation in my country, the Netherlands. It’s hard to explain in a few words, but it has to do with member of parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali, famous for fighting for moslim women rights. You may have heard about the movie she had made by Theo van Gogh, who got assassinated for that. I have the impression that many other Dutch also decided to blame the messenger. Ayaan is an immigrant herself, and last night she was stripped from her Dutch nationality. That automatically means that she is no longer a member of parliament.

    So, immigration and liberty (the classic political freedom of speech) are both strongly featured in this drama.

  2. Kuerno says:

    That is a very interesting dream. Since the statue is symbolic, the dream very well could be symbolic. The question is rather it portrays the future direction of things to come or merely observations of the present or a combo of both.

    One thing for sure is that if it actually happened physically there would be no denying it. That would definitely be a big story.

  3. Acorn says:

    Laura, your dream echoes my feelings, with phone records, etc. in the news lately. Did it have a humorous feel to it at all, or is that just my take? Remember Freedom Fries? :) Katie

  4. Harry says:

    Ah, I missed the connection with the phone records news. I didn’t consider it really news in the sense of new information, as all our communications are and have been monitored for many years. We have such a “listening” center not so far from where I live.

    I guess that some Americans are now taking a stand against invasions of their private life, but I doubt that a little protest alone will change much, said the optimist. :)

  5. Laura A says:

    Hello Harry, Kuerno, Katie:

    I have really enjoyed reading the comments! It makes me think if perhaps I was dreaming and connecting with Harry’s emotion about the political situation in the Netherlands. And Kuerno - you are right on—this is more of a symbolic dream, and there would be no denying it should someone decide to rip down the statue. Certainly would be news worthy. And Katie - it didn’t have a humorous feel to the dream, if anything it was troubling to see such a symbol taken down. Yes, I do remember than nonsense about renaming the popular side dish. I had mentioned that to Harry too, about the quest to rename them to “Freedom Fries” so its great to see you mention them here too. Protesting against phone records will wind up with lots of lawsuits — the good old fashioned american way to handle everything. lol

    So, it may not be a direct physical precognitive dream, but a symbolic one.

    Thanks for all the comments, Happy Dreaming!

  6. Amanda says:

    I’ve had recurrent dreams about visiting the Statue of Liberty in various stages of my life. In my dream, when visiting I’m usually at the top of her crown looking out over NYC or traveling toward the top. On several occasions I have dreamt of being at a risk of falling straight down into the harbor. I’ve always been fascinated by what she is and what she represents. I’ve yet to see the statue in person. This may be obvious, but does anyone have an interpretation?

  7. Laura A says:

    Hello Amanda -

    It’s interesting to be reminded of this dream from 2006. Good news for you is that the observation platform crown of the Statue of Liberty has been closed to the public since 2001. There’s no risk of physically falling from the crown. The torch has been closed since the early 1900s

    For interpretation, I can only give you some ideas for symbolic that may resonate with you. The seven points of her crown symbolize the 7 continents of the world. She herself is a symbol of liberty and enlightenment. Or perhaps you connect with the 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!”

    I’ve only seen the the statue twice in my life. Once via plane, and the other on a whirlwind tour of NYC. I’d be a bit afraid of the height itself.

    Hope that helps,

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