Is The American Dream Dead?

By: Tom Chatham

The American dream is not a thing in physical terms but an idea that lives or dies with certain beliefs in society. Can it die? Yes it can if those beliefs are purged from the conscience of society. This is what Jefferson meant by watering the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots from time to time.

Many people bemoan the loss of the high paying jobs and the mansions and swimming pools we all want to have. They look around them and see their dreams of easy living collapsing and the debt piling up about to drown them. They see life becoming harder every day and society becoming more dangerous.

The American dream is not about houses, swimming pools, expensive vacations or fancy cars. These are all benefits of that dream. They are the icing on the cake, not the cake itself. The American dream is about the freedom to earn those things if you are smart enough and work hard enough.

The American dream is about freedom. The ability to live the way you desire and to be all you can be in society. It is the freedom to build and accumulate and make something of yourself. It is the freedom to go from rags to riches in one generation because of your will and abilities. It is the freedom to own your own property and use it to better your position in society.

The American dream is about the freedom to walk into a clearing with a hoe and shovel and build a farm. It is about the freedom to walk into a stand of timber with nothing but an axe and an idea and build a town. It is about the freedom to design a new machine from your imagination and build a factory to use it.

For the dream to die freedom must also die. As long as you have the freedom to do your best the dream is always possible. The slow loss of personal freedom over the past century has led to the diminishing of the possible. We no longer see the possibilities because that ability is being taken away from us. Tyranny is the lack of possibilities forced on the population. You can no longer be all you can be because you are constrained by others that want to limit those possibilities.

When your freedom is constrained by those that are willing to use force to limit those possibilities, you must defend that freedom with force to preserve it. That is when the tree of liberty gets watered. That is when the dream is reborn to flourish once again.

The American dream can die but only when we fail to water it and let it die. If Americans want to eat cake then they first must bake it. Only then will they be able to treat themselves to the icing on it that we all love so much.

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Posted on February 6, 2016, in Commentary and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. If that’s the case, the American dream is dead. In our state, you have to get permits and have an “urban forester” approve the removal of any tree. And that includes those that you planted. If you remove one without permission, they charge you the cost of buying a replacement tree from a nursery. This gets spendy when you take down a Doug fir. Can’t do anything with our riverfront property as the State owns the river. And environmentalists are favored by the State and courts. They can shut down almost anything and bankrupt you in the process. I am not hopeful about our future.

    • I guess you are on the west coast due to the mention of Douglas fir. I think these are the reasons some are trying to create the state of Jefferson out there so they have a better foundation on which to fight from. I’m all for using our resources wisely in a responsible way but modern environmentalism is just another money racket. My opinion on the force of law used to deprive people of using resources they own is that these politicians and environmentalists are two of the reasons God made abandoned wells, but that’s all I’ll say about that.

  2. The title of this essay should be “The American Dream is DEAD”

  3. laura1963@gmx.com

    Since the American dream is dead no need to vote, which I haven’t in several decades knowing it’s a farce as the UN agenda controls the country. Texas and Alabama tried to sue federal gov. to prevent Syrian invaders from settling in their state, some on military bases. It was struck down recently, thus no states rights. UN agenda is to send Muslims all over in various countries. I live in one of these states that sued. Get house in order and prepare for the worst, as country is headed down the abyss. (train wreck no brakes over the cliff). Politicians are sold out puppets of the globalists on all levels of gov. to the local ones.

  4. Centurion_Cornelius

    Under the current regime, the Dreamturned into a nightmare.

    Once these charlatans and thieves are gone from office, the re-establishment of freedom can begin.

    But both major political parties are ossified, corrupt, and unresponsive.

    Aye, there’s the rub.

  5. Stop, back up, and let’s get this right – the Tree of Liberty requires the blood of patriots AND TYRANTS, to keep it growing!!

    That’s a large omission in this article; one that should not be made again.

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