Member since: Sat Dec 25, 2004, 10:03 PM
Number of posts: 1,460
Number of posts: 1,460
I would first like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and I would like to send my thoughts and well wishes to the many many people in small towns and big cities all across this country and this world who, like me, and my family who welcome a new year, a new slate, and new hopes and optimism that 2013 will be a better year and a progressive year in finances and in health...
I don't have to tell anyone here that as I write this using the free wifi at McDonald's btw, as I write this millions of Americans are just one illness, one lay-off, one divorce or breakup away from falling off a cliff that separates the haves, and the have nots. It is compelling to just think back at the years I have been a member of DU. I have learned so much from so many, and while I was just a young, impressionable 14 year old that comes from a former middle class family, yet unfortunately I use the word 'former' member of the middle class, not in a way that I have progressed out of the middle class into a higher class, I use the word former in a sense that my family and I have slipped into a personal life of poverty. I know im not alone, I know were not alone, and through the years the encouragement and support and knowledge that I have experienced from meeting and learning and sharing from so so many current and former members of Democratic Underground, and with that I say thank-you.
I am incredibly grateful for all the help and support of my fellow DU'ers and for the individual that donated on my behalf through the years, and to that anonymous person, I say simply thank-you.
I have now been a member of DU for about 9 years now joining in 2004 at the age of 14 years old. Like many of you I joined DU in the heat of the post 2000 Presidential Election era and in the dawn of the 2004 Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign. When I first joined DU as a young and impressionable 14 year old I didn't know a whole lot about the political process, i didn't know a whole lot about the different parties and for what each party represents, nor did I know who the politicians who made up the different parties were or what they stood for, in fact the only thing that I knew for sure when I first joined DU was that Bush stole the 2000 Election and I damn sure wasn't going to idly sit back and watch him do it again in 2004, in short I guess I was an 'Anybody But Bush' kinda guy.
Then as time passed I quickly began to understand the political process, but more importantly through DU I was learning very quickly about the principles and priorities of the Democratic Party and more importantly not only what the Democratic Party stood for but the people and policies the Democratic Party represents. From that point on there was no turning back or second guessing myself, I knew in my heart that I was a Democrat, and not just a Democrat, I was a Liberal Democrat and damn proud of it!!!
To me it was like opening my eyes for the very first time and seeing clearly because everything the Democratic Party stands for and everyone the Democratic Party represents resonated so closely with me because I come from a middle class family whose parents go to work at a factory every single day and works hard for little pay and even less sleep on the promise that if they just work hard and play by the rules their tomorrows will always be better than their yesterdays and that while they may not be able to retire as soon as they would like, they know that the fruits of their labor is that they will have effectively left this world to my siblings and I in a better place than it was given to them.
Throughout the course of my life I've witnessed first hand the struggles of middle class families and the despair and disappointment of folks like my parents who worked their entire life in a factory only to be told one day that the plant would be closing and the job they dedicated their entire lives to would be ending and retirement was no longer an option for them or the thousands of other folks in my small community which was not only devastated by the lay-offs it was absolutely destroyed.
To this day I can remember clearly the day the Union City Body Company, the factory my parents had dedicated their lives to, closed. As a young man it was a day that I knew I would not soon forget, and it was the beginning of such a bitter and tragic uncertainty of how my family would survive not only financially but emotionally. Not only was the devastation of a financial meltdown present, the question of what my parents would do for the rest of their lives lingering over our heads. See my parents started at that factory right out of high school, they met each other there, they made so many friends there, and they were optimistic that they would retire from that factory and now my parents had to figure out how to pick up the pieces and continue with their lives after the lay-off, I remember clearly my parents discussing how they felt so worthless and they didn't have a reason to get out of bed in the mornings because not only was that factory a source of financial security their work was more than a paycheck, it was a sense of dignity, it was a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
To this I must conclude that the purpose of this post is not to rehash old memories or feelings, whether good or bad, the purpose of this post is to say thank-you to everyone here at DU and while I don't post nearly as much as I used to, I am still and will always be a proud member of DU, a proud LIBERAL Democrat and with hard-work and dedication it is my wish to one day run for public office so I can draw on the lessons I have learned as a young man living in poverty...I can do it, we can do it, for those on here or reading this elsewhere I wish to say to you that I know times are tough, I know things don't seem to be getting any better, but through the good and the bad times that are sure to lie ahead please remember we have a PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT IS FIGHTING FOR US, FOR OUR WAY OF LIFE, AND FOR THE NEXT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS AND FOR THAT I CAN HOLD MY HEAD UP AND HONESTLY ACKNOWLEDGE, THE REST IS UP TO ME....
I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A MEMBER OF THIS COMMUNITY FOR THE NEXT 9 YEARS AND FOREVER....
COREY A BAKER
Posted by Corey_Baker08 | Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:09 PM (21 replies)
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