“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. (It is not) “… a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”
—James Truslow Adams, defining the American Dream in Epic of America, 1931.
“So, then, to every man his chance–to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity–to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him–this, seeker, is the promise of America.” – Thomas Wolfe
The American dream, a phrase coined in 1931 by James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America, has been one of the most utilized and misinterpreted expressions in our political history. Both Presidential candidates claim to understand its true meaning and promise to help us towards our achievement of that lofty goal. But do they really understand what the intended meaning truly is?
The real dream was started by our first immigrants, the “puritans”, and elaborated with brilliance in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution with the added Bill of Rights. What has made this country great and attractive to all people worldwide, is the right of self governance, with freedom to pursue your individual desires with the same opportunity of others, regardless of your race or gender. The true intent of “liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is based in the individual’s total freedom, leaders only responsible for assuring equal possibility.
The government works for the people and its only duties are the common goals assigned to them by “the people”. Freedom has to be complete and included in this liberty is to assume all of our lives and responsibilities including our failures. Progressives want us to believe that our dreams are only achieved by attaining wealth or success and because this aspiration is not always possible, if disappointment occurred the responsibility for this is due to societal, not personal doings.
They, the self chosen elite, would provide through governing the basic needs of life and assume the distribution of wealth in order to achieve a utopian equality. That philosophy has never worked as a form of governing, eliminates the real concept of freedom that includes freedom to fail, and is totally opposed to the principles that made our country unique and the most successful in the world.
Our true dream is liberty and equality of opportunity and not guaranteed achievements of any kind, work not wealth is the goal. By making rights of health care, education, homes, foods, transportation, etc, they are denying us true independence and are attacking our self esteem and our free will that includes the only right that our forefathers envisioned that of individual equal opportunity.
This demands personal accountability that includes of every aspect of our being, like assisting those that because of personal impairments cannot fend alone. There is no such thing as equality, or social justice. These are just false promises made to us by people that exploit the worst in us, like anger, envy, in order to take away our genuine American Dream, and dictate our lives just as we suffered in the countries that we left behind.
Do not be fooled. In this upcoming election the choice is clear. Vote to keep the U.S.A. the nation with the ideals that have through the time made it exceptional.
Fernando J. Milanes, MD