“… as recently as 1900. At the turn of the last century, women couldn’t vote. African Americans and other people of color had no rights at all. Workers had no rights or security; there were no weekends; there was not one paid federal holiday; there was no middle class to speak of. Kids were toiling in factories. There were no environmental protections at all. Not only did lesbians and gays have no rights; they didn’t even have a specific designation or acknowledged term in the English language. That was where we were in 1900“; Rebuild the Dream, Van Jones – page 214.
It’s only when you look back can you appreciate how far you’ve come. Some thirty years ago, we started in the direction that lead us to today’s world; near total economic collapse, highest rate of poverty since a hundred years ago, wealth distribution as it was a hundred years ago. Since 1900, it took a good part of seventy years for this country to become the symbol of how democracy can and must work. Just as the twentieth century started a little shaky, the twenty first century is too. A hundred years ago, we moved forward and made progress.
This is the year we decide to move forward or slip further away from the American ideal. Life, liberty and justice for all. A government of the people, by the people, for the people!
Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.
Final words —
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” – - – Mahatma Gandhi
“In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.” – - – Benjamin Disraeli
“It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.” – - – Mignon McLaughlin
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