"The American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it" Comedian George Carlin
Human Rights plays a big part in The American Dream:
Does a person have the right to succeed in life as far as his abilities will take him free from restrictions and artificial barriers? Does a person have the right to worship freely? Does a person have the right to pursue a life of happiness and live as equals among others? Early founders of America said emphatically, YES WE DO!
They sought not only new soil to till but also political and religious liberty for themselves and their children. What made these pioneers so amazing was that it was a very bold move to buck the political systems of their day and would go on to mark the beginning of a new era, The American Dream.
What exactly is the American Dream?
The American Dream is a belief that life should be better, richer and fuller for every man and woman with an opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement. The American Dream represents the fundamental character of the United States. It boast of opportunity for all Americans to achieve prosperity through hard work without artificial barriers such as racism, classism, sexism etc.
How did the American Dream begin?
Many centuries before the American Dream became a reality Europeans discovered a valuable tool that would aid them in their ambitious conquest of the world. This was called Natural Philosophy and later renamed Science. At one time in mankinds history whites were tribal and weren't much different than other tribal minded communities who believed heavily in superstition.
Europeans superstitious belief was called mythology. But over the centuries whites began to doubt mythology and began to challenge it with the use of science which relied strictly on tested and recorded facts. In time whites did away with mythology. People of Africa however didn't value science and held on to their superstitious and tribal beliefs throughout the centuries. Other groups such as Chinese and Muslims also understood the value off science, but by the 17th century whites would dominate in achievement. It was foretold to be this way. (click here)
The collective study of natural philosophy and science made whites smarter throughout the centuries. It also elevated his ego and self worth. The founders of America were from this stock of humankind and were extremely intelligent men who compromised on how America should be governed which was modeled after the English in many ways. Most hoped to keep it white and exclusive because they felt they were superior human beings. But this would become impossible because The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that "all men are created equal" with the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Before their arrival to America, immigrants were trapped in a way of life without much prospect for individual success in their native land. There existed a ceiling for individual aspirations of most people. Their life was pretty mapped out as to how far they could go after birth. Many peoples from around the world had heard of this dream and set forth sail over dangerous oceans to live here as immigrants.
Early America was nothing like it is today. It was very religious. For instance in some colonies a womam could be punished for simply smiling on the Sabbath Day. Religious leaders knew it was wrong to keep slaves in bondage and protested for their freedom. These whites in early American history understood the true meaning of America and protested loudly for the human rights of all. America was actually a very white supremacist country in its beginning and up unto the 1960s Civil Rights movement.
If a white person arrived to America as an indentured servant, he was considered white trash and not much better than a black slave.
Irish, Italians immigrants etc, were all hated at some point in American history, but America would slowly change. Races with white skin would soon forget their differences and blend in with one another in becoming white Americans. But others who couldn't blend in as well would basically associate around their own group such as Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans etc who couldn't pass for white.
Before the Civil Rights movement blacks became the common puching bag of all these newly blended Americans. Most Americans disliked blacks and held them back from achieving the American Dream setting roadblocks and obstacles every step of the way. It's true that white immigrants suffered discrimination upon arrival to American soil, but it was no comparison to the daily harsh treament blacks endured, especially through the Jim Crow era.
Before the Civil Rights movement which was spearheaded by blacks, the American Dream was not attainable to most African Americans because of hate and harsh discrimination. But great black men and women throughout history opened that door a little at a time until the honor was handed to Martin Luther King Jr. to completely kick it down and destroy it.
But an unexpected event happened when many of our own who had by now been defeated mentally didn't rush through the door for American success but chose to hold on to those old Negro habits which we had been forced to improvise and live with. Even to this day many blacks don't recognize the opportunity they have and choose to live a life of foolish pleasure seeking as their sole meaning in life. This self-pity condition recycles itself down to the next generation. They could care less about an American Dream. They consider themselves victims.
Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was very aware of what the American Dream meant
In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (1963) rooted the civil rights movement in the black quest for the American Dream:
We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands ... when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage, thereby bringing our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in their formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Is The American Dream still alive?
The American Dream is on path in becoming the American Nightmare
because of many greedy and selfish ones. They treat the Dream with disrespect.
In your opinion, which one is worse?
The thieves in this image represents the abusers of the American Dream. They have unapologetically reaped humongous rewards in a greedy and immoral way. They could care less about their fellow Americans and are only concerned about their own fat bellies. These are the ones who cheat on their taxes, makes our healthcare unaffordable by jacking up prices to benefit themselves, who constantly raise our utility bill, who made sending our kids to college almost impossible because of soaring student loan cost, who has the power to raise our gasoline prices at will, who manipulates what we pay at the local grocery stores, who cheat us with hidden fees at our banks, and the list goes on and on. But because they wear a suit and tie and are constantly smiling in our faces we trust them and reason they couldn't possibly be that bad. They look so innocent.
The thief in this image represents the not too smart thug and criminal on the street who will rob and commit a unplanned violent act in the blink of an eye and risk doing many years of his life in prison for it. He does not put any thought or intelligence into his crimes whatsoever, very rudimentary. He acts on the fly. He's considered cocky and unpredictable. People fear him very much, especially the police. He is not afraid to use his gun to kill for petty reasons. This thief doesn't know the deep things about his black history that would save him from a self destructing life of crime, because he would come to the realization that many blacks before him died so he could achieve the American Dream. He foolishly believes what others say about him that he's worthless and acts that way. He's a lost soul.
Without a doubt the businessmen in the image above who represent the evil and greedy Dream Stoppers who have raped and taken from our country and continues to laugh at Americans because it constantly blames the small common thief for our troubles while they hide behind a smoke screen and continue to do their deadly damage each and everyday.
It may be very well concealed but you can best believe that everytime we get cheated out of our money in our everyday lives, the money is going to find it's way into their greedy pockets. This causes much pain and suffering to our country and makes our lives harder. They are manipulators of The American Dream.
Johnny Guitar Watson had a grip on this situation years ago!
The American Dream has limits, it is not without bounds. Many have succeeded and done very well living the Dream but continue to take, take, take. For instance a person may wonder, what useful purpose does it serve to have billionaires and multimillioinaires within the American Dream? I mean let's face it, a person can only spend so much money.
The regular everyday guy on the street has to wonder what the super rich does everyday, are they constantly checking their bank account on the computer to admire themselves? Because it's hard to imagine any other reason for them to amass so much money they will never be able to use.
I guess rich people reason with themselves -
"I have 30 billion dollars in the bank but I'll give 1 billion to help out other Americans to make me feel better and appear generous to the world."
Doesn't it makes more sense to say?
"I have 30 billion dollars in the bank but I'll give 29 billion back to make me feel better and appear generous to the world keeping a billion for myself which I will never be able to spend in my lifetime anyway"
What's the point in holding on to all that money? You've won the game and were successful in realizing your dream which you achieved through hard work, now have you ever thought about freeing up some of that money so others can also partake of the Dream?
Or what sense does it make for a husband and wife having a 30 room mansion, especially when there are many in the world who don't even have a place to lay their head? Well folks these practices and attitudes will without a doubt contribute to the eventual downfall of our country. You don't have to be a genius to see that.
Greed is like a group of boys playing marbles. Each boy starts off with one marble. One boy is much better than the rest and wins all the marbles.
Now what's the point of the boy who won the marbles to keep them all for himself?
The game must be stopped because the others boys don't have marbles to play with. Greedy Americans and others around the world don't understand how it would be better to give back the marbles to the boys so they all could continue playing. They only understand taking.
Can blacks achieve the American Dream?
Well yes, it's possible but you will face a tough challenge mainly because of the color of your skin. It's sad to say in this day and age but it's true. But if we are prepared and have confidence in our abiltilies for whatever endeavor we choose we will have a better chance at success of living the American Dream.