Monday, March 28, 2011

Caveat Lectores on the American Dream 3-28-2011

The new American Dream is what is keeping the American Dream from being a reality. Today’s American Dream has changed over the years. There was a time when The American Dream was “a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success.” In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

The idea of the American Dream has roots in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

All that is fine and good, but somewhere along the way we got the idea that becoming rich was the American Dream. As the middle class developed, more and more people took “the possibility of prosperity and success” to mean they too could be rich with just a little luck and maybe some hard work. Many felt that luck had more to do with wealth than work.

I recently read something that stated most poor people think they are just one good deal away from getting rich. The investment hucksters in the media and internet make it sound like all you will have to do to climb up from the masses is to open an investment account and wait for the wealth to just appear. Since nobody wants to be middle class anymore, we do not care if it is destroyed.

Well here is some news for you. Yes, we do not have legal barriers that will totally preclude you form amassing wealth. Yes, you will probably never be wealthy no matter what you do and the wealthy are working at making sure you never are wealthy. You see wealth is for the wealthy. Not you and me. When we become wealthy or even financially successful, it takes money away from those who are already wealthy. They do not like that.

Donald Trump, the Koch brothers and nearly every other really wealthy person you will ever know about does not want the masses to have great wealth. It will not work. There is a level wealth between us and the wealthy that push back when we try to invade their territory. They are the nouveau riche, the wannabees and the politicians who are the sycophants and lap dogs of the wealthy. They do the dirty work of the wealthy to keep us away from the prize. They now want to marginalize us even more. BOHICA

And oh yes, have a nice Day?


Caveat Lectores by Jeff Carnes

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