Is the American dream a reality?

May 22, 2011

Ryan Clark recently said, “Belief is full of paradoxes.” and I have to agree with him. We are in challenging times and people today are split between hope and reality.

A recent news article stated that only 32% of Americans consider their personal finances to be in great or excellent condition and yet a whopping 68% (http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/19/news/economy/american_dream_poll_economy/?section=money_latest) think they will achieve the “American dream”. This statement truly defines the word paradox. How can you have one without the other? Are we so unable to deal with reality that we dream up a lottery-sized future?

Most Americans agree that our children’s futures are risky at best and most blame a lack of governmental and personal goals and vision. I would have to agree.

However, I still believe in the American dream of homeownership, a job and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe we are also suffering financially and our elected officials need to do something positive.

I believe our fellow Americans hope for a better tomorrow and they should do so. But I believe we have to be realistic and realize that this won’t happen immediately and we have a huge deficit to fix. But most of all, I believe in the intrinsic greatness of the American public – we can accomplish great things when we work together with a heavy dose of reality mixed with goals and vision. May it be so.

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