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A Dream Moving Forward

 

As President Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address given to the troops at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that November 19th day in 1863 following our Civil War!
“Government – Of the people, By the people, For the people, Shall not perish from the earth!”

Moving Forward – A Call For Rebuilding The American Dream

by Joan Roberts
 
With one voice
Moving forward
After ten long years of war
And a near economic collapse
We are moving forward
 
We have much work to do together –
From the east coast to the west
From New York City to San Francisco
From Lady Liberty to the Arch over the Midwest
From the Great Lakes to the great fields of America
 
Unemployed workers looking for jobs
Families struggling to make ends meet
No home, no job, no pay, no food stamps
No safety-net left  
Shredded in the name of austerity
 
We have come too far
To go back now
We are our government
We are the people
We say ‘let’s roll’ get ‘fired up’

A Family Story written by our daughter-n-law, Michelle Boyle, who is a registered nurse and mother of two beautiful daughters, and wonderful wife to our son Lyle Ray Roberts.  Ray is a mathematics high school teacher and their family lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Simply, Michelle writes a powerful moving and personal story of what matters in this world —

Day 5: I’m thankful for the things that were passed down.



9:13 AM Eastern – Saturday, November 3, 2012                       We are all in this together

MichelleBoyle.jpgA few days ago, I was home with my six and nine year old daughters as Hurricane Sandy’s rain poured on our house. We had a leak in our ceiling, right over my bed. I was trying to move it when the bed broke. This wasn’t just any bed, it was my grandmother’s. She received it as a gift from the family she worked for as a domestic when she got married. It took me years to realize that most of my grandparent’s furniture was from that family, because my grandparents came over from Ireland in the 1920’s, dirt poor.

My sister used to help pull me onto that bed when I was little because it was so high. I would take a running start—jump as high as I could—and she’d grab my arms and pull me the rest of the way up. My husband and I moved that bed into our home when I was pregnant. We have ‘snuggled away’ numerous nightmares of our daughters in that bed. And I just broke it.

A few things occurred to me in that moment, when our beloved, comforting bed broke. I felt deeply worried. We have, at last, been given an opportunity at real health-security. The insurance companies denied children with cancer, healthcare because of ‘pre-existing conditions’. The Affordable Care Act guarantees sick children access to health insurance. When insurance companies denied my mother-in-law an insurance policy because she had a “pre-existing” condition, she died a year later. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act protects American citizens and ensures that insurance companies do their job of actually giving health protection to American families. The insurance companies put a limit on what a human life is worth, despite their skyrocketing profits. The Affordable Care Act took away the “lifetime caps” on Americans. If someone has a relapse of cancer or complication with a chronic condition, she can receive health care without having her family lose their homes to health care bills. Denying sick children health care? Denying American families health protection? Deciding who gets to live and who gets to die based on how it effects the bottom line? These are the things that Romney & Ryan are championing. Not my idea of patriotism.

What helps keep me going is not the bed itself, but what it really means to me. My grandparents worked really hard to provide for their daughter, my mother. She in turn, helped provide for her children the ability to go to college – even though she never could. The bed represents the endurance of love, commitment, and hope that my parents and grandparents passed on. My grandparents cuddled their daughter from nightmares, as my husband and I do for our daughters. I could depend on someone to pull me up when I needed it most. I could rely on my sister’s support to do something I had difficulty doing, and yet very much wanted. Now I watch my own daughters help pull each other up, the very same way.

Recently my youngest, of her own accord, gave me one of the best compliments. She said, “Mommy, I feel safe with you. When I have nightmares you are there for me and I know it will be better.” My eldest saw the shattered look on my face, when the bed broke and said “Momma, you can sleep with me. I always feel better when I’m having a hard time and I sleep with you.”

I realized; that’s it. That’s all there is to it. That’s why I do this election work even though I feel pulled in so many different directions. We want to pass on to our children the love, commitment and hope that our parents and grandparents and great grandparents (my grandmother never saw her mother again once she left….there was no money to visit) had for their family, for us. We want the opportunities to ensure a secure future for our children: the American Dream. In our hardest times, in our most challenging times, we want to know that others are there for us – that we are all in this together.

This is why I work to re-elect President Obama. By his actions, he has demonstrated a deep respect for all Americans to create the American dream. He not only says we are all in this together, he works to protect the legacy of love, commitment and hope that American families carry and pass on to their children.

 The leak will be patched and our bed will be fixed. I ask that you please help re-elect President Obama so all Americans’ dreams continue moving forward.
 
A Nation’s Strenth
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Not gold, but only man can make
A people great and strong:
Men who , for truth and honor’s sake,
Stand fast and suffer long.
 
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly —
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky!
 
 
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9 thoughts on “A Dream Moving Forward”

  1. Amazing write, and I thank you for sharing this story. Obama got our family's vote here in MA along with my extended family's in VT & NH. So many think he did not accomplish enough in 4 years. I was laid off at the end of Bush's term. I have lived through economic problems that have changed our lives forever, and know personally how far we've come. I don't blame Obama for what he inherited, and I never expected overnight miracles. Just someone that cared enough to do his best for his country's people. Obama has not let me down.

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  2. I voted on October 22, mail in ballot, and I live in one of the swing states. In 2008 when we lived in Denver we had an Obama volunteer in our home for almost 6 months (leading up to the convention). Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. we can hope…we have moved the ball…and it will be interesting to see what our choice is in how we move forward…much of it gets lost in political double talk….this one is scaring me a bit….we shall see…thank you as well for your work…my mom runs the polls back home…and i spent a bit of time in the local obama office…

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