Is the American Dream Dead?

America is known prominently as “The Land of Opportunity”, where people can have a fresh start on life, cultivate and use their skills to build their personal wealth up, and achieve that suburban, “white-picket fence” lifestyle that so many people dream about. With the global economy and the national economy of the US being on the decline for several generations, people have lost sight of that dream and the hope that comes along with it. They don’t see the United States as a place to go to and can build the lifestyle of their dreams, but a place that is slowly deteriorating from the inside-out.

While those in developing and third-world countries still view the US as incredibly rich, more lenient in economic regulations (in some respects), and allow for a less domineering socialist approach to trading in the local and global market, the US isn’t quite what it used to be. The value of the USD has seen a sharp and continuous decline since abolishing the backing of US currency with gold and taking on large amounts of debt over the years. Federal and State regulations have made it increasingly more difficult to start up and expand businesses, adding more paperwork, licensing, rules on business practices, and forcing companies to give more and more benefits to their employees.

Despite Congressmen and Senators on both the Left and Right saying that these regulations are needed to “keep things fair” and to “level the playing field” for those who they deem disadvantaged, the increasing mountain has hurt businesses and employees from attaining and adding onto their personal wealth. States that have advocated for higher minimum wages and for a more “diverse” work environment have seen job loses, a decrease in productivity and revenue, and have even seen a multitude of businesses having to shut down because they can’t meet the requirements set for them by US law.

After the Great Recession, many potential homeowners are more skeptical of the housing market than those who purchased homes before the housing market bubble popped. They turn to either buying foreclosed homes from banks or they simply choose to rent property/apartments, not wanting to risk being in financial jeopardy. Students are starting to shy away from colleges, seeing an expanding bubble in the higher education market, knowing that even a 4-year Bachellor’s Degree might not be valued as much later as it is now. Despite all of the money thrown at public education, businesses and public services now value the education of entry-level workers much less because high school and college graduates aren’t taught enough to be of value in the current market.

The prices of goods and services are at a constant state of volatile flux because of the shaky value of the USD. Regulations placed on farming, the trading of goods and services locally and internationally, and the increasing amount of scandals and shaky trade/monetary value deals have caused the buying power of the consumer and of the US business owner to plummet dramatically. Flip-flopping on federal subsidization of oil/crude oil/natural gas vs “green energy” has caused turmoil in state markets that rely on the oil/gas industry as a major state market and has sent oil/gas prices on a roller-coaster ride.

The American Dream, as we once knew it, has been dead for many years now. The US consumer and business owner have been bled dry of the ability to purchase goods, have had the ability to trade, create business, and maintain businesses in a manner we see fit stripped of us all, had the value of the education of our children monstrously reduced, and have gradually been made afraid to own our own property because of the idiocy of the government and the banks that they back. While we may be more “free” than a lot of other countries, that freedom is dwindling by the second with each regulation that is passed and placed against the US citizen and business owner.

The only way out of this, the only way we can all hope to attain freedom for ourselves and for future generations is to fight back against those that lobby for more regulations and to further stifle the hope of any native-born Americans and future immigrants wanting to call the US “home”. We have to stand together, put aside our differences, and condemn the actions of those who want to restrict our capacity to become prosperous as individuals. Politicians have only gotten away with these things so far because they have successfully divided and conquered us all through nationalistic patriotism, adhering to the people’s sense of “altruism”, and utilizing sensationalism of the media to their advantage.

It’s not that the average US citizen CAN’T be a responsible consumer or business-owner, but that we’re not allowed to be due to relentless interference by the US government. If you give a man the opportunity to build up his own “empire” and to live as he wishes, he’ll take the incentive and make that dream come true. I’ve seen this in my own life, working with people my previous employers considered to be “lazy” and “ungrateful” to help them become better workers. All people need is the chance and the encouragement to do well for themselves and they’ll do it, without a doubt.

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4 responses to “Is the American Dream Dead?

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  2. I think it can be more dead than we may believe, completely depends on what you do for a living. If you are in certain fields you may weather anything and come through comparatively well. For say, someone in the ‘caring’ profession, forget it, the dream is well and truly dead. Everything is going up in price EXCEPT wages, so every year technically we are poorer, which is fine if we earn a lot but really hard if we do not.

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    • Yeah, I absolutely agree with you! I think it also depends on when you got the education, the job opportunity, and the training to be able to remain in a place of financial and job security. There are jobs that are known to be “recession proof” that are very lucrative and will probably remain as such for the foreseeable future, regardless of any price changes. You’re right about the wage thing too, though that’s always been an issue with government printing money and accruing debt. It’s not like the cost of goods and services are becoming higher-valued, but the currency that’s used to purchase them has become devalued. The gap in wages earned compared to the costs of goods/services is something that has increased whenever government-sponsored debt surpasses the ability government and the taxpayers have to pay it off. Thank you for your comment!

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      • So true. Although I was ‘told’ that teaching was recession proof and they definitely got that wrong! I think they prioritize the wrong jobs, and the ones that literally keep us going are downplayed and downpaid. It used to be that a humble job was respected because it added to the country, but now that we outsource so much, everyone thinks unless they are an attorney or brain surgeon they are a failure, which is a shame, as I think teachers or counselors or nurses, hold up the fabric of our world far more than attorneys do! It’s such a shame that people who work really hard are paid pittance whilst a NBA star earns literal millions but that’s the way of our world these days. I can’t say I don’t wish it were more as it used to be, when an ordinary person really could be almost anything they wanted to be! But with such huge populations that divide is only going to widen. I cannot see who will afford all the luxury they are trying to sell! 😉 thank you for your words and bringing this up.

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