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American Dream Really? For Whom?

  1. 1. HOME WELCOME WHAT IS EMPOWER NETWORK? VISION LEADERSHIP SYSTEM Subscribe to RSSGET MONEY CONTACT THOMAS AMAL THOMASAMAL.COMAmerican Dream Really? For Whom?by Amal | on June 24, 2012 0 Tweet American Dream, Really? For Whom?While recently reading the July issue of Time magazine entitled The History Of The AmericanDream..Is It Still Real? By Jon Meacham, I noticed some comments that simply struck a cord.Please take a look and let me know if you recognize where my thought patterns are directedand if you agree or disagree.The article starts off by saying, “Work hard and you will prosper: the premise of theAmerican Dream has nurtured our nation and changed the world. Here’s how theidea got started- and why its future is in doubt.“ But the picture shown (as is above) is Go Daddy!the Norman Rockwell 1943 rendering of “Freedom from want”, his vision of prosperity. converted by
  2. 2. Hmmmm. (Remember these are excerpts from the article)“That great enemy of democratic capitalism, economic inequality, is real and growing.The unemployment rate is dispiritingly high. The nation’s long-term fiscal health is atrisk, and the American political system, the engine of what Thomas Jefferson called“the world’s best hope,” shows no sign of reaching solutions commensurate with theproblems of the day. It has not always been this way. Really, for whom is he saying that ithasn’t always been this way?James Truslow Adams, a popular historian, wrote a book, The Epic of America, a history of thenation that was to popularize a term not yet in the general vernacular in those last years was“that American dream of a better, richer, and happier life for all our citizens of every rank which isthe greatest contribution we have as yet made to the thought and welfare of the world.” Itwas not a new thing, this abiding belief that tomorrow would be better than today. Posts“That dream or hope,” Adams wrote, “has been present from the start.” Ok, Ok, we alldream for a prosperous future. Who doesn’t want tomorrow to be better than today? Look Who’s Telling Big Brother Enough Is EnoughThe American Dream, Huh, Let’s Find A Middle Class First Is Philanthropy The End Result Of Wealth? Only For The Wealthy.. Ideas Of What Not To Do In Order To Have A Productive Day Online Shopping, Its Advantages And Why It’s Become So Popular Ways to Obtain Money Fast With The Use Of The Internet While At HomeNow check out what our current government defines as class with out the use of statistical Get Started Now!proof. The U.S. Department of Commerce, on behalf of Vice President Joe Biden’s *EmailWhite House Task Force on the Middle Class, emphasized descriptive language ratherthan statistics, finding that “middle-class families are defined by their aspirations more than start nowtheir income. [We assume] that middle-class families aspire to homeownership, a car, collegeeducation for their children, health and retirement security and occasional family vacations.”The government’s verdict: “It is more difficult now than in the past for many people to achievemiddle-class status because prices for certain key goods — health care, college and housing —have gone up faster than income.” Median household income has also remained stagnant formore than a decade; when the figures are adjusted for inflation, Americans are making lessnow than they were when Bill Clinton was in the White House.This is where my headache intensifies, the government actually says that “we assume” as whatthe wants of the middle class is. Household incomes remained stagnant for more than a decade?Making less money now than when Bill Clinton was Prez? WOW! Am I the only one thatrecognizes there is a problem?There is so much more to insert and discuss but my stomach is turning, because the country isliterally going backwards and down the tubs. There are hundreds of groups that are crying inthe wilderness about the downward spiral happening right before our very eyes but we want tocomplain about the most menial topics.The article writer does insert more than once about the future of “The American Dream” so Imust say that he doesn’t have his head totally stuck in the ground. He also mentioned “thewidening gap between rich and poor suggests the Dream is becoming more elusive for morepeople than at any other time in our history.”The part about the middle class protagonist and the black man conversing about equality isactually more indicative of the thought pattern of most people of certain groups. “You talk asif the whole purpose of this country since the start has been to frustrate Negroes,”says Angstrom. “Hell, you’re just ten percent. The fact is most people don’t give a converted by
  3. 3. damn what you do. This is the freest country around, make it if you can, if you can’t,die gracefully.” It’s so easy to say that when the playing field isn’t level and you receivedhundreds of years head start.I’ll close with another statement by Adams in The Epic of America, by its very nature capitalismproduces winners — and losers. Some dreams come true; some don’t. Equality of outcome,though, is not the same thing as equality of opportunity, and equality of opportunity is at theheart of the American vision. “And that dream has been realized more fully in actual life here thananywhere else,” Adams wrote, “though very imperfectly even among ourselves.” American DreamDING, DING, DING…there it is, my point made in a short sentence, “equality of opportunity is atthe heart of the American vision!” Which leads back to my initial question, American Dream,Really? For Whom?Everyone has an opinion or like to speak about a particular topic. Well, why not makemoney while doing just that, click here. Can you believe that saving money is thiseasy? See what I did and what you should also do, here. Is there anyone thatdoesn’t shop? Does anyone like to make money? How about shopping andmeanwhile make money? This is unbelievable, check it out here.This entry was posted in Empower NetworkTags: american dream« Previous Post Next Post » About The Author: Amal A former latchkey kid leading to being INDEPENDENT, self-reliant, DEDICATED follow er in my belief, FATHER of 3 men, HUSBAND, somew hat EDUCATED, filled w ith HOPE, GRATEFUL for life, HUNGRY for SUCCESS, alw ays w illing to give a helping hand, community facilitator, school board member, experienced in various industries, ENTREPRENEUR and a MAN STILL ON THE GRIND.0 comments Sign in 1 person listening + Follow Post comment as...Newest | Oldest Powered by Livefyre converted by
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