Rooted In These Words

We have a great dream.
It started way back in 1776, and God grant
that America will be true to her dream.
Martin Luther King, Jr.



In all the times I’ve traveled to Ireland I’ve never read my passport. But Dennis, who is going to Ireland for the first time, read his. I was stunned to discover these quotations at the top of each page.


We send thanks to all the Animal life in the world.
They have many things to teach us as people.
We are glad they are still here and
we hope it will always be so.
Mohawk Thanksgiving address.

The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race,
a party or a class – it is the cause of humankind,
the very birthright of humanity.
Anna Julia Cooper

So today, as we finish our packing and head to the airport, I am aware that this document issued to me by my government. This document that is a declaration of my US citizenship is also a declaration of who we are as Americans. In our highest and most aspirational potential, we are rooted in these words. In these treacherous times may we remember these words. May they always ring truth.

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass
in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

…and that government of the people,
by the people, for the people
shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln

Judith –

4 thoughts on “Rooted In These Words

  1. First –have an AMAZING TIME!!! so excited Dennis is going.

    2nd–hosted two friends from Belfast Samantha and Mark and both of them went on and on about how they would never go back home to live and how much they love the USA. Just saying…it isn’t all about the ugly American.


    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  2. The first time I used my passport I, like Dennis, read everything. Made me proud.
    You have reminded me to always read it before I travel so I will act in ways that support those statements.
    Travel safe my friends.

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