The American Dream: Is It a Reality?

1890 Words Apr 27th, 2005 8 Pages
Is The American Dream Just A Dream? I think that the American Dream is a social ideal based on equality in social, political and economic rights and privileges. The constitution of this country suggests that every person who lives on American soil is free. In the United States' Declaration of Independence our founding fathers:"…held certain 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." I consider these words to be the foundation of the American Dream. Over time, however, the American dream has been defined with America being the Land of opportunity, Home of the free, land of the brave, …show more content…
Americans face problems such as unemployment675678546765!!!!!!!! I found the following statistics that support my belief that the " American Dream" is not accessible to all. The American Dream is a fantasy that has not come true for the millions that are toiling in the system hoping to get a piece of the wealth which America so liberally shares with its rich upper class. Mansions, expensive cars, a happy family and of course lots of money. These images adorn the minds of the less privileged of this nation. So why do people continue trying to reach the American dream? I think it's because it happens often enough, there are people who have been successful in their pursuit. But the American Dream has been achieved through a number of other means, many of which do not necessarily involve hard work. Some just has to do with ggod luck or timing, for example, as in hitting real estate booms or stock market increases at the right time. Favorable contracts are another, as in those negotiated for workers by powerful unions and include high wages and extensive benefits.
Legislative action is a third way, as in those sectors of society that disproportionately benefit from changes in tax laws or zoning ordinances. And, of course, unearned income, like when people work off the books and don't report their earnings or deal drugs.
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