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The Dream And The Promise
©David S. Goldman www.davidgoldman.com
America has been a land of immigrants since the Stone Age.
We are ALL immigrants or descended from immigrants.
Wave after wave of us have come by land, sea and air for over 14,000 years;
Free men and women and slaves in leg irons.
The greatness of America did not just happen.
The combined energies, tears, blood, triumphs and failures of generations
of immigrants and slaves are infused into the very ground we stand on.
We must not forget their legacy and sacrifice,
nor that of the hundreds of thousands of men and women in arms
who defended to their deaths
the very dream and promise that attracted our immigrants in the first place.
America has been a relative banquet in a starving world for over two centuries.
We must always foster the dream
And keep the promise
That everyone willing to work gets a seat at the table.