The American Dream is a national ethos and world mythos regarding the United States of America, in which the democratic ideals are translated within the American context into a benevolent view of its very purpose - that prosperity is founded in liberty, and that liberty can be advanced through prosperity.

In the American Dream, the goals of all people (citizens and residents) to secure a livelihood, gain an education, build friendships and family, and live free of oppression and in peace, are regarded as fundamental to the philosophy, principles, and purpose for which the United States exists...

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Is the American Dream a thing of the past?
The American Dream is a national ethos and world mythos regarding the United States of America, in which the democratic ideals are translated within the American context into a benevolent view of its very purpose - that prosperity is founded in liberty, and that liberty can be advanced through prosperity.

In the American Dream, the goals of all people (citizens and residents) to secure a livelihood, gain an education, build friendships and family, and live free of oppression and in peace, are regarded as fundamental to the philosophy, principles, and purpose for which the United States exists...

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12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/30/09 - 5:31:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thought it was to own your own home.

Because plenty of people do that, and are financially secure.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/30/09 - 5:49:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 5/30/09 - 5:31:40 PM Proserpine wrote:
I thought it was to own your own home. Because plenty of people do that, and are financially secure.


Well more than that:
Have a home in the suburbs
Have two kids
A dog
Two white collar jobs
One or two cars
A pool
et cetera
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/30/09 - 6:08:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
We have all those things!!

Or we did, before my dad was laid off.

Now we have all but the whole jobs thing.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/30/09 - 6:10:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 5/30/09 - 6:08:49 PM Proserpine wrote:
We have all those things!! Or we did, before my dad was laid off. Now we have all but the whole jobs thing.


Are you white and (or rather, is your family) Protestant?
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/30/09 - 11:04:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
We are white.
My mother is Protestant, and my father and I are baptized Catholic, but none of us are very religious.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 5/30/09 - 11:17:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
White, landed, religious by association but without any religious fervor...

You are the ideal American, (at least according to the standards of the American dream)! Congratulations.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/31/09 - 7:11:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Circling the drain.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/31/09 - 7:56:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's a dream that has never been realised.

But I hope it's not a thing of the past. It's a good dream to have even if it's not uniquely an American dream anymore.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/31/09 - 11:38:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
yes despite everything i still think its possible............
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/31/09 - 5:46:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's up to you to MAKE all of that for youself.

"..the right to life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness.."
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 5/31/09 - 9:15:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think George Carlin said it best when he remarked "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it"



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