Dream of: 11 January 1994 "Three Generations Of Ancestors"

I was sitting in the kitchen of the House in Patriot, reading a newspaper article written by Rush Limbaugh. The article was criticizing a bill before Congress. The bill had contained many provisions, but one in particular caught my attention. Everyone in the United States would have to trace their ancestors back for three generations. If anyone in the three generations hadn't been born in the United States, then the person would have to carry a special card to show that fact.

My father was also in the room and I began talking with him about the article. I told him I ordinarily didn't agree with Rush Limbaugh, but in this case I did. That such a bill might be passed seemed outrageous.

I asked my father if any of his parents, grandparents or great grandparents had immigrated to the United States from another country. He thought for a minute and said they hadn't. I then asked him if he knew whether any of my mother's ancestors up through the third generation had come from another country. He thought again, then said he was unsure. I thought about it also, and I concluded my mother's ancestors through the third generation had all been born in the United States. Yet I wasn't entirely sure, and I thought if the bill was passed, we would have to check further.

It seemed incredible that my mother might have to carry around such a card. The whole thing made me realize, however, how deep were my roots in the United States, and even in the area where I was. My ancestors had been there a long time.

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