If there is a concept nearly every liberal can agree on, it’s that the American Dream is dead. Some will even go as far as to claim that it never existed to begin with. And it’s this underlying, unAmerican philosophy that drives the policies of the Democratic Party. It’s this failure to appreciate freedom that drives their attack on the rich. It’s this sickening belief system that drives their desire to see America become more like the democratic socialist countries of Europe.
But the American Dream is far from dead. If you want proof, you need only look at the thousands of people who come here each year through both legal and illegal means. Despite some very difficult immigration bureaucracy, America remains the destination of choice for anyone who wants to go as far as their skills will take them.
It’s only natural to take for granted the things you’ve had your whole life. While liberals decry male privilege, white privilege, this privilege and that privilege, they rarely take any time to recognize American privilege. Because to do so, they would have to acknowledge that a lot of what they’re fighting for is, quite frankly, frivolous.
The Tools Are All Here
Never in history has knowledge been so readily available. The wisdom of 4,000 years of recorded history is waiting in any public library. The Internet has made it so you don’t even have to get in your car to answer almost any question you might have. Colleges around the country offer courses in any field of study you might imagine.
As much as liberals cry about the divide between the rich and the poor, they fail to understand that it’s an imaginary line. We have no caste system. You can start in a trailer park and make it to Park Avenue. Does it often happen? No, it’s a difficult road. It’s fraught with peril, competition, and obstacles. But it’s a victory that can be won with desire, dedication, and discipline. All the tools are there. You don’t have to be a genius, you don’t have to be supernaturally talented, and you certainly don’t have to be white.
But money isn’t everything that the American Dream stands for. For many, the dream is to start a family, own a home, and live a nice quiet life. For others, the dream is to travel. Some want to dedicate their lives to helping others. All of these dreams are possible, as are many others. That isn’t the case in every country. Not by a long shot. It’s thwarted by totalitarianism, taxes, and closed societies. It’s thwarted by religious governments that enforce laws that bring new meaning to the word “oppression.”
As long as we remember the tenets upon which this great country was founded, the American Dream will live on. If there are people who want to deny its existence, that’s their prerogative. But it’s a shame. You can improve your life much faster by bettering yourself than you can by carrying a protest sign outside a fast food restaurant.