Putting it in Perspective: The American Dream

Posted by Ilanit Sisso on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 16:46 pm

A little over five years ago, I was sitting in the convention center in Miami anxiously waiting to become a United States citizen. Last week, I had the privilege of witnessing the same event through a different lens when I attended a naturalization ceremony in Washington DC as a bystander. The new citizens had all made it from different corners of the world. Thirty people from Lebanon, Peru, China and 15 other countries sat eagerly while they waited for it to finally become official.

The impressive and accomplished speakers each told their own unique story, but at the end of every speech they all gave the same advice – be proactive. The message came through loud and clear: engaged and involved citizens are critical for the future of this country. The promise of the so-called “American Dream” is there for all of us to take a hold of. However, merely having an American passport does not guarantee the “dream.” It is up to each one of us to make sure that we attain the dream – whatever that may be – by working hard and taking advantage of what this country has to offer. The speakers also all focused on the importance of voting, and encouraged the new citizens to exercise their right to have their voice heard.

At the ceremony, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of National Council of la Raza (NCLR), spoke about her personal experience. Her parents immigrated to this country seeking opportunities for their children. Her twin sister went on to become a federal court judge, another sibling attended Harvard Law School, and Janet went on to serve in the West Wing under President Clinton and now leads NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Today NCLR works with nearly 300 community-based organizations, and reaches millions of Hispanics each year throughout the country. Sonia Gutierrez, Founder and CEO of the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC, also spoke at the ceremony about the work she has done at the school over the last 30 years after emigrating from Puerto Rico. The charter school provides more than 1,200 adult students with GED courses in both Spanish and English, citizenship classes, family literacy, English as a Second Language, among other things. Today, the award-winning school is considered one of the models at the national and international level for adult education.

These women exemplify what the “American Dream” means to me. Through determination and hard work, they were able to be successful in their fields of interest. Five years ago at my naturalization ceremony I did not fully comprehend what the term “American Dream” really meant. Over the years I have realized what it means that I live in a country where hard work and dedication have enabled me to reach my goals of graduating from the University of Florida, attending law school in the nation’s capital, and pursuing any future aspirations.

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Posted by Stephen on December 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Is Mr Obama a weakling ?? A Sissy to be bateen up by the Republican Bullies Perhaps not Obama Analysis Psychoanalysis of PoliticsMany people complain that Mr Obama seems very weak before his enemies, that he seems very detached from Reality, that he lacks certain strength of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or Lyndon Baines Johnson These two mentioned presidents were the main architects of Social Legislation in U. S. Twentieth Century History.They had many powerful enemies in their times ( Republicans and Rich Corporations ) but they showed Great Strength and Force of Character to succeed in Legislation.Perhaps the people that fear that Mr Obama is a Little Sissy to be bateen up by the Republican Bullies are wrong.To analyze the personality of Mr Obama, we have first to understand the he is half Black and half White we should paint ourselves with these two colors before wearing Obama's shoes.The condition of being the Weird , Foreigner , Stranger and Other in a Hawaian School and later in the U. S. Continent has to have an impact on Obama's Soul. This has to produce a reserved and interior personality, more introverted than extroverted, in order to survive or to improve his standing in every situation.We can not expect Mr Obama to be a buoyant Teddy Roosevelt, or a Franklin Roosevlet from Money and Society Nobility . Or a Big Texan like Lyndon Johnson. Obama comes from the World of Underdogs.That requires Survival by Shrewdness , Quiet endurance of harsh conditions , etc . be quiet and avoid useless revenge for small nuissances.So Obama is an occult and hidden personality, but Filth that doesn't kill you makes you stronger , so Obama may have become stronger with all the Dirt and Filth of Society.Every new king, ruler or president has to be very prudent when he reaches the throne.It is reported that Caligula and Nero were welcomed as very Human, Civilized, Kind and Polite, during the first years of their Emperorships.Obama is not a Caligula or Nero, not even a Tiberius. Obama has little in common with Julius Caesar ( a scion of the Julian Nobility ) but Obama may have an ounce of Augustus ( Diplomacy, Politics ) a gram of Trajan ( Great Builder ) and a pound of Claudius ( Shrewdenss, Intellect, Understanding ) Felicitor Augusto, melior Traiano was a ritual formula to greet the Roman Emperors when they arrived to a new city. Be luckier than Augustus and better than Trajan Be more happy and lucky that Augustus and build more good things for the Empire than Trajan.Mr Obama may have hidden strengths and reserves of Psychological Strength.He may be Quiet Waters : in many countries there are rivers and lakes of incredible danger, because they may have hidden currents, whirls, spins, fast rotations that are not apparent in the surface.So the expression Quiet Waters may mean Hidden Dangers , and as applied to a person, it may mean that under a Quiet and Tranquil personality there are hidden currents of energy and strength to face enemies.That Mr Obama seems very Republican in Afghanistan and other policies, may be buying time to gain strength or to study a situation. ( Perhaps he is not a strong believer in some of his temporary policies ) .Mr Obama is Professorial, Rational, Reasonable, Intelligent, Shrewd, Calculator, Cold, Historian, Bookish and Librarian Like, but he may have a hidden maelstrom of energy and strength.Vicente Duque

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