Where has the American Dream gone?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Declaration of Independence

The above quote from the Declaration of Independence is the most well-known line in this early American document.  The purpose of this document was for the colonists to proclaim and state the reasons why a separation from Great Britain was necessary.  It was written by the Founding Fathers who are said to have been of the Christian faith and followers of God.  In this quote, the Founding Fathers inferred that everyone was created equally by their “Creator,” or God, and with this equality comes the rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

I believe that these three “unalienable rights” are key points to what we call the “American Dream.”  The American Dream is the dream of a better life with an even more promising future.  It’s what every American wants and what every family strives to achieve.  In the book “Epic of America” written by James Adams, he states that 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…” (p. 214).  When Adams wrote this, the American Dream was just that.  It was the dream of a better life filled with opportunity.  But is this still what the American Dream stands for today?  Is there still such a thing as the “American Dream?”  Or have we destroyed that image indefinitely? Continue reading

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