We Americans pride ourselves on the idea that in our country, a little hard work, determination and focus can make dreams come true. We compare ourselves with countries like India and England and scoff at their antiquated caste systems, claiming that here, in America, you can build yourself up from anything. We sell ourselves the idea of the “American dream,” both as a draw for immigrants and also for less-fortunate citizens, but how much of our reality isn’t reality? Is the American dream a hoax? My parents were both born and raised in India and moved
Comments: Of course it is, but not with Democrats in charge. There are so many things wrong with her assertions it´s difficult to single out any one thing. What she does do is assert every Democrat talking about putting "more resources into lower income schools," and "treating and paying our teachers better." Finally she says that the American Dream is probably not with the current state of our nation. The only thing she leaves out is that the Democrats are destroying the possibilities of achieving that American Dream.
The American Dream is predicated upon Freedom -- free markets, individual rights, and a Government designed to encourage and abet both.
These things are on hiatus, until the current Administration has done its damage, and moves on to celebrate itself ad infinitum. But the principles above are like gravity -- always there, even if you pretend otherwise.
A total crock. I used to have to stick cardboard into my shoes to plug the leaks and all my clothes were hand-me-downs from my cousins. My parents were never wealthy in any way. We never had a new car (or more than one). I got through college by working up to 35 hours per week and a couple of college loans. I totally transcended my parents´ "caste" if you prefer. My father never in his life accepted unemployment or welfare. The "dream" is now dead. It has been killed by the political processes launched in the 1930´s. Social Security was only the start of the "gimme" mindset, where Americans expect their government to provide cradle to grave services. It´s all downhill from there. By the way, a college diploma is not a passport to success. My best friend barely escaped high school and now owns a thriving business, and he´s only one of many. Unfortunately, my friend and me are the last in the American Dream generation.
I never understood why poor white Southerners fought so fiercely to preserve an economic system based upon slavery. It never did anything for THEM. Not only did most of them not own any slaves, so had no property at risk from abolition, but also that same slave-based economy kept generations of them poor by largely locking them out of the agricultural labor market. So was slavery a hoax? A scam? Sure.
Similarly, American wage-workers spend their entire lives working for someone else, scrimping and saving and going without in order to save a nickel here and a diime there, only to die penniless after they shovel all those hard-earned nickels and dimes into the coffers of nursing homes (owned by the same capitalists that owned the factories they labored away their lives in) as they slowly fade away into an Alzheimers netherworld in their final years. So why do we so fiercely defend capitalism? And don´t throw socialism or communism at me. BOTH of those are just alternative scams run by the same people who run capitalism. And they keep us divided by pitting black against white for the crumbs that fall from their table.
This is, or used to be, a land of opportunity. It is not, and can never be, a land of guarantees. The promise of America has never been that with hard work and determination you are guaranteed to succeed, only that your position in life is not set in concrete based on your family´s racial, social, or economic, status. If there is a hoax, it is being perpetrated by those who insist that there ever could be equal outcomes for individuals while ignoring the wide diversity of people´s individual circumstances and experiences.
If you believe in the American Dream AND are willing to work for it then it can come true. My Dad died in a mill accident when I was 4 and I and my 4 siblings were raised by an incredible woman who sacrificed everything to keep us together. We grew up with no indoor plumbing and wood stoves for heat and cooking, but all of us but 1 have a college degree and the one who doesn´t has his own company. 4 of the 5 own their own houses and have never been on welfare even though there have been circumstances where they could have easily gotten it. My Mom took food stamps for one month and was too embarrassed to go back. We did eat a lot of government cheese and drank nonfat dried milk provided by the county but No section 8 housing, EBT cards or free phones. So Anjali, you little whiner, get up off your knees, hitch up your knickers and get to work! Nobody promised that the American Dream would be free!
A great personal success story for his family, but I wonder why they came to America. Surely with two degrees his father could have been a successful person in India, based on the author´s assumption that it takes a college degree to achieve the "American Dream."My wife´s uncle was born during the Depression. He didn´t go to college. Politically he´s the yellowest of the yellow dogs(a union guy). He worked for the telephone company installing telephones. He worked every hour of overtime he could get. He and his wife lived off of her paycheck and he invested everything he made in ATT stock. He became a millionaire. He got there without college but with hard work and personal discipline to live within his means. I believe this is a real life example of the "American Dream."
The American Dream--when it existed--just removed the barriers to advancement. It never guaranteed that everyone--even people who worked hard--would succeed. But no one would be stuck into a class they were born into. Unfortunately, the "dream" has morphed into something more like an nightmare, where government tries, not just to remove barriers, but to try to determine outcomes.
PJ Media columnist J. Christian Adams appeared on The Kelly File on Fox News on Friday to talk about his recent article detailing how the Department of Homeland Security has recently hired activist immigration attorneys who worked for pro-amnesty, pro-asylum, and open borders groups in the past. Now, sources inside DHS have provided PJ Media with the employment history and pro-amnesty backgrounds of the newly hired lawyers who will be enforcing federal immigration laws. The ideological histories of these new DHS lawyers undermine confidence that the federal government will vigorously enforce federal laws, notwithstanding any congressional “mandates” to do so.
WASHINGTON -- A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an espionage threat, The Associated Press has learned. Theodore H. Moran, a respected expert on China´s international investment and professor at Georgetown University, had served since 2007 as adviser to the intelligence director´s advisory panel on foreign investment in the United States. Moran also was an adviser to the National Intelligence Council,
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At the "Fast Food Forward" protest on Thursday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) demanded that Pres. Obama sign an executive order bypassing Congress and unilaterally raising the federal minimum wage. Rep. Ellison told the crowd that they should join him in demanding that Pres. Obama skip seeking Congressional approval and raise the minimum wage on his own - and that he sent the president a letter on Wednesday presenting his demand: "We in Congress will try to raise the minimum wage. We got opponents on the other side of the aisle who say that there shouldn´t be no minimum wage. So, we
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel on Friday where they discussed the ongoing issues associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Noonan said she found the way in which this administration has handled this crisis has been among the “oddest” she’s seen. Noonan added that she would like to see “humility” from President Barack Obama rather than combativeness. Kissel began by asking about the “puzzle” of the president’s response to the crisis surrounding the ACA’s faltering website. “I look at the White House the past two months, I think the president and
Another leftist lets the mask slip. Jonathan Alter believes that violent criminals imprisoned for their crimes are political prisoners. He and Al Sharpton talked to themselves on MSNBC today. Sharpton asked Alter what America might learn from the example of Nelson Mandela. Reasonable answers to this question include but are not limited to: Don’t abuse political power to punish your enemies; don’t hold on to political power forever; choose your wife or husband a bit more carefully; don’t seek to divide when unity serves the nation better. Alter wants America to learn a different lesson. None of the above. Alter
As Congress gets ready to battle on immigration reform next year, it´s important to take a look at who will help enforce and shape any kind of immigration overhaul. Former Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General and radical open borders attorney Tom Perez was safely put into the position of Labor Secretary by President Obama and the Senate earlier this year, knowing the Department of Justice is safely locked down as pro-amnesty. Perez has a long history of advocating not for American workers, but for illegal alien workers and made sure the Department of Justice was stacked with pro-amnesty attorneys
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More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
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The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a