11 May How to Rebuild the American Dream
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. The meaning of the “American Dream” has changed over the course of history, and includes both personal components (such as home ownership and upward mobility) and a global vision. Historically the Dream originated in the mystique regarding frontier life. As John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, the colonial Governor of Virginia, noted in 1774, the Americans “for ever imagine the Lands further off are still better than those upon which they are already settled”. He added that, “if they attained Paradise, they would move on if they heard of a better place farther west”.
The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Also, the U.S. Constitution promotes similar freedom, in the Preamble: to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”.
The American Dream is not a static or monolithic concept. Each generation of Americans has defined and redefined the meaning of the American Dream in light of their own experiences and circumstances. However, at its core, the American Dream has always been about the promise of a better life for oneself and one’s children.
In recent years, the American Dream has come under increasing scrutiny. Some argue that the Dream is no longer attainable, due to rising inequality and stagnant wages. Others argue that the Dream has always been an illusion, and that the United States is a country where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Despite these challenges, the American Dream remains a powerful force in American culture. It is a dream that is worth fighting for, and it is a dream that can still be achieved.
Here are some ideas on how to rebuild the American Dream:
- Invest in education. A good education is the foundation of a successful life. The United States should invest in its public schools and make college more affordable.
- Create good-paying jobs. The American economy needs to create more jobs that pay a living wage. This will require investing in infrastructure, manufacturing, and clean energy.
- Expand access to affordable healthcare. Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare. The United States should expand access to Medicare and Medicaid, and make prescription drugs more affordable.
- Protect the environment. The United States is a beautiful country, and we need to protect it for future generations. We need to invest in clean energy and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
- Promote economic opportunity for all. The American Dream should be available to everyone, regardless of their race, gender, or background. We need to address the root causes of inequality, such as discrimination and poverty.
Rebuilding the American Dream will not be easy, but it is possible. By working together, we can create a more just and equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.