Upward Mobility Reply

“It is not merely for today, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children’s children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives…. I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father’s child has. It is in order that each of you may have through this free government which we have enjoyed, an open field and a fair chance for your industry, enterprise and intelligence; that you may all have equal privileges in the race of life, with all its desirable human aspirations…”
Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States, 1809 to 1865

“I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream — a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man’s skin determines”

and

“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: / we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Martin Luther King (American Baptist Minister and Civil-Rights Leader. 1929-1968)

Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention delivered last night inspired everyone Republicans and Democrats alike. Her remarks revolved around what the “American Dream” meant to her and how she and her husband, Barack Obama, had benefited from it with their parents’ dreams of Upward Mobility. Among the thoughts that she conveyed:

  • It matters more how hard you work than how much you earn
  • This generation has shattered many of the glass ceilings which were still in place when they were growing up (sexual and racial discrimination)
  • Each American family aspires mainly to earn a decent living in order to be able to raise their kids and provide them with a better education than they’ve had
  • If you play by the rules, than you should be able to strive for this American Dream…

Click on her picture to listen to her speech and follow her words with this script: transcript-michelle-obamas-convention-speech

What do you think?

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