Keeping the American Dream Alive

I am seeing a lot of posts about politics and politicians lately.  I am really amazed at some of the intelligent people that are picking sides.  There is only one side to politics and it is called, money !  There is no man or woman in their right mind that would want to be President unless they craved power.  They crave the power, get in office and find out they can do nothing on their own.  Executive Orders used by the President can be over turned by the Supreme Court.  The next President will be choosing 3  new Supreme Court Judges.  Now, ask yourself, who is running that you trust enough to make those choices.  These people decide the Law of the Land.  All this data mining they do is LEGAL.. It's for our protection !  I think not.  Big Brother has gone rogue and is stepping on toes every day.  I do not care if you are Democrat, Republican, Independent or a Tea Party member, your vote does not count until we elect a President and Congress in a totally different way than they do now.  The saying "all politics is local" used to be true.  I do not believe it is.  I have not seen an honest politician in decades.  The Mayor of our town was groomed for the office from the time he was 16.  I would want someone who has lived life, not someone that has lived a privileged life.  I voted for Bill Clinton in the 90s because I believed he came for a humble background and earned his elected offices he held.  His mother was a single parent that worked, gambled, dated men and lived her life with no one waiting on her or Bill.  Is there anyone like that running today ?  No, I did not vote for Obama.  Until someone comes a long that has known a struggle and lived life I will not vote.  This is all my own humble opinion.  Right or wrong does not matter.  My logic may be flawed but at least I am not going to be disappointed. 



The American Dream – Keeping the Dream Alive By Jon Meacham

The perennial conviction that those who work hard and play by the rules will be rewarded with a more comfortable present and a stronger future for their children faces assault from just about every direction. That great enemy of democratic capitalism, economic inequality, is real and growing. The unemployment rate is dispiritingly high. The nation’s long-term fiscal health is at risk, and the American political system, the engine of what Thomas Jefferson called "the world’s best hope," shows no sign of reaching solutions commensurate with the problems of the day.


It has not always been this way. On Friday, May 1, 1931, James Truslow Adams, a popular historian, was putting the final touches on the preface to his latest book. High hopes amid hard times: the moment matched Adams’ thesis in his book, The Epic of America, a history of the nation that was to popularize a term not yet in the general vernacular in those last years of the reigns of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover. Adams’ subject, he wrote, was "that American dream of a better, richer, and happier life for all our citizens of every rank which is the greatest contribution we have as yet made to the thought and welfare of the world." It was not a new thing, this abiding belief that tomorrow would be better than today. "That dream or hope," Adams wrote, "has been present from the start." What was new was the specific phrase Adams was using: the American Dream.


The government’s verdict: "It is more difficult now than in the past for many people to achieve middle-class status because prices for certain key goods — health care, college and housing — have gone up faster than income." Median household income has also remained stagnant for more than a decade. There, in brief, is the crisis of our time. The American Dream may be slipping away. We have overcome such challenges before. Whether that idea has much of a future is the question facing Americans now.


The Dream that had survived the ’30s barely dragged itself out of the ’60s. In ensuing decades, the impact of economic growth has been uneven. The widening gap between rich and poor suggests the Dream is becoming more elusive for more people than at any other time in our history. By its very nature capitalism produces winners — and losers. Some dreams come true; some don’t. Equality of outcome, though, is not the same thing as equality of opportunity, and equality of opportunity is at the heart of the American vision.


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