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.
Yes, a million Muslim march on Washington on 9-11. The American Muslim Political Action Committee is planning a one million Muslims march to Washington D.C. on September 11th. The group claims: We at AMPAC (American Political Action Committee) are planning an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment . We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the release
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PORTLAND, Ore. – When the engine of their tuna boat exploded last week, owners Mark and Cynthia Schneider had no choice but to jump into the ocean and leave behind their two cats on the doomed vessel. After being rescued by a nearby boat, they were stunned when they looked out at their sinking boat and saw one of the cats -- a tabby named Jasper -- on the bow. The other cat, a calico named Topaz, was in the ocean and eventually swam through the debris to safety on the rescue boat. Jasper remained stranded at sea on the
Last month, a wealthy movie and television star took to Twitter to hurl homophobic slurs at a gay reporter, and to urge his million-plus followers to commit acts of violence against the man. Last week, a nobody -- a jester, a clown, a performer performing at a rodeo, donned a Barack Obama mask and joked about having a bull attack him. Today, after much of the media chose not to report on Alec Baldwin´s reprehensible behavior, he is in talks to join NBC News. Meanwhile, the clown has been banned for life, the president of the organization that hired him has been forced
A Texas Republican congressman has invited a rodeo clown who has been banned from the Missouri State Fair for a mocking depiction of President Obama to perform in his district. Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative whose rural district stretches east of Houston, said he was extending the invitation and defending the clown because liberals “want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama.” “Liberals want to bronco-bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if it´s speech they don’t agree with,” the lawmaker said in a Wednesday news release. “Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and
Egypt´s Coptic Christian minority has become a favorite target for Muslim Brotherhood supporters and other radical Islamists across the country in the wake of the military´s decision to clear supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from their Cairo sit-ins this morning. No sooner did security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, clear encampments in the city´s Nadha and Raba´a al Adiwiya squares did the Islamists turn to targeting Christian churches. Approximately 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood supporters set fire to the Churches of Abraham and the Virgin Mary in Menya.
While President Obama played golf again on vacation, the White House criticized the latest crackdown in Egypt Wednesday, saying violence between government forces and protesters will make it more difficult for the interim government to shift to a democracy. “The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest at a press briefing on Martha’s Vineyard, where Mr. Obama is vacationing. “The world is watching what is happening in Cairo. We urge the government of Egypt and all parties of Egypt to refrain from violence and resolve their differences peacefully.”
Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey has never been an especially political figure, let alone a polarizing figure. Even her 2008 endorsement of then Sen. Barack Obama was not especially offensive – her support for the popular “change” candidate merely mirrored the sentiments of the majority of her colleagues in the entertainment industry. But Winfrey’s behavior has changed dramatically in the last month. Today, Winfrey has not only become expressly political but unmistakably racial. While the move has surprised some, Winfrey’s turn towards controversial racial issues is precedented. Those who suggest that she may be embracing controversial racial causes as a vehicle
A silly controversy surrounding a Missouri rodeo clown’s decision to don a mask of President Barack Obama before taunting bulls to attack him – a traditional practice in American rodeo culture – became frighteningly serious on Wednesday. Rather than push back against the overwrought response from some Obama supporters, offended by the mockery of the president, the White House has tacitly condoned their response. Clown-gate is no longer a laughing matter. A brief roundup of the reaction from a variety of sources which has followed the public mockery of the president is already sufficiently shocking: The rodeo clown and the organization
Three years out and you’d think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton. She’s everywhere these days because: (a) It’s August; (b) reporters are bored with President Obama; (c) reporters are bored with Joe Biden; (d) Clintons are never boring. Correct. Op-ed columns are filled with advice about what Hillary needs to do. She needs a narrative. A message. It can’t be that she’s a Clinton or a woman. It has to be .?.?. What? Here’s a thought: She can save the world. Yes, all right, perhaps that’s a trifle hyperbolic, but hear me out. And keep
White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released this statement on the ongoing violence in Egypt: "The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt. We extend our condolences to the families of those who have been killed, and to the injured. We have repeatedly called on the Egyptian military and security forces to show restraint, and for the government to respect the universal rights of its citizens, just as we have urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully. Violence will only make it more difficult to move Egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy, and
President Obama asserted the unilateral power to "tweak" inconvenient laws in last Friday´s news conference, underscoring his Administration´s increasingly cavalier notions about law enforcement. So it´s good that the judiciary—a coequal branch of government, in case the Administration forgot—is starting to check the White House. In a major rebuke on Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an unusual writ of mandamus, which is a direct judicial order compelling the government to fulfill a legal obligation. This "extraordinary remedy" is nominally about nuclear waste, writes Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the 2-1 majority, yet the case "raises significant questions about the
Oprah Winfrey says she´s kinda sorta "sorry" for the fallout that ensued after she told the media about a "racist" encounter at a purse store in Switzerland ... saying, "I´m really sorry that it got blown up." Yeah, right. Oprah addressed the media at the premiere of "The Butler" in L.A. last night -- backpedaling after the shop in question started to refute O´s allegations of racism during an incident last month. The shop owner says the whole thing was a "misunderstanding" and had "nothing to do with racism." Last night, Oprah said ... "I think that incident in Switzerland."
Soon after the 10th anniversary of the foundation bearing his name, Bill Clinton met with a small group of aides and two lawyers from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Two weeks of interviews with Clinton Foundation executives and former employees had led the lawyers to some unsettling conclusions. The review echoed criticism of Mr. Clinton’s early years in the White House: For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and
President Obama´s former personal aide said Wednesday that the president was so "irritated" by controversy over his birthplace that he wanted to hold an "impromptu press conference" when he discovered the long-form version of his birth certificate, only to be dissuaded by his advisers. Reggie Love, the former body man to the president, told UCLA´s Luskin School of Public Affairs that the delay in producing the president´s birth certificate was because when "your parents don´t live together (and) you travel all over the world, documents get lost." "He wanted to just have an impromptu press conference, just walk in to
The Missouri chapter of the NAACP appealed for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Secret Service to launch an investigation and open a federal case against the rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama’s face and mocked with the crowd: Do you want to see a bull run down Mr. Obama? The NAACP says the clown was guilty of inciting violence against the president. In a statement reported by Breitbart, the NAACP’s state president, Mary Ratliff, wrote: “The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our president are serious and warrant a full
Last week I wrote a column about the reality that House Republicans are ready to cave on so-called comprehensive immigration reform. There was a final paragraph in that column my editor decided not to use. That is the editor’s right for two reasons: one, every site has a voice they wish to adhere to interns of form and content; and two, he who pays, gets the final say. Ironically, what was omitted by my editor was not lost on scores of astute letter writers who commented on the piece. I would like them to know that I have the same feelings
In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training. The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify the decision to ban the clown in question who wore an Obama mask as the rodeo announcer asked if the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull. The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to local media reports. But the state commission went further, saying it will require that before the Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to
Reggie Love says he and President Obama played cards during the Osama bin Laden raid, and that the president told him, "I can´t watch this entire thing." (Snip for video)"“Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,’ We must have played 15 games of spades,” said Love at a public event. Love was Obama´s "body man," and spent much time with his boss while he worked for Obama at the White House.
Over the weekend, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “for big government and trying to go along to get along.” She added that Christie has “got a schtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set-up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps a little bit avant-garde and going rogue on things.” Christie said nothing in return. He should. Here’s why.Taking on Palin is good politics for Christie or Jeb Bush or anyone else who is planning to run as a quasi-establishment candidate for president in
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she will soon tour the nation and deliver a series of speeches to promote more trust in government. She made her remarks at an annual American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco. More specifically, Mrs. Clinton said she was launching a series of speeches on foreign policy. And as part of those addresses, she planned to speak about the need to restore faith in government, Breitbart reported. She also bashed voter identification laws, telling 1,000 members of the
The Missouri State Fair will force rodeo clowns to complete sensitivity training after a clown mocked President Obama in a stunt one spectator likened to a Ku Klux Klan rally. The fair’s commission also approved a lifetime ban on the offending clown. The controversy began on Saturday at the fair in Sedalia. A clown in an Obama mask with a broom handle attached to his backside moved into the arena as another clown called out over the microphone, “This bull’s going to get’cha, Obama! He’s gonna get’cha!” The fair commission has called the stunt “unacceptable,” and approved a measure that would
The father of one of three Florida teens charged in a vicious school bus attack said his son is “sorry” for taking part in the July beating that made national headlines. As the trio headed to court on Tuesday, Julian McKnight said his son Julian, 15, has also suffered in the aftermath of the July 9 attack on a Pinellas County school bus after it left Lealman Intermediate School in the St. Petersburg-area community of Gulfport. “All I can say is that he had his consequences already, you know?” McKnight said. “This is life. I am sorry what happened