Once upon a time there was a dream, an American dream. It was a dream that all mankind aspired to. Once upon a time people migrated here in droves to become Americans and to chase that American dream and to enjoy freedom. Once upon a time, thousands upon thousands, if not millions, found that dream by work hard and determination. It was a dream that was obtainable and always there for the grasping.
That dream is still there but it has been made unobtainable by the very people who were tasked to protect it. Our elected officials have snatched that dream from our grasp and thrown it out the window. There used to be a path to the dream but they have wiped out the bridge that took us to the other side, the dreams side. The road to prosperity no longer takes us to the other side but instead the road takes us in a circle back to where we came from, poverty.
The American dream includes something that was once only obtainable in America. It included something we Americans call freedom. Without freedom the dream means nothing because what good is anything if you don’t have freedom? If you had all the riches in the world, what good would it do you if you don’t have freedom to use them and enjoy them? If you had the best job in the world, what good would it do you if you don’t have the freedom to advance in that career? If you had the best people in your life, what good would it do you if you had` no freedom from oppression?
Freedom is what binds all dreams together and it is the very fabric of all American dreams. Dreams come from our freedom to dream and it takes freedom to pursue those dreams. That is why dreams mean nothing without freedom. The American dream is a fleeting thing because our freedoms are also a fleeting thing. The American dream is no longer a dream but a fairy tale and a grim fairy tale at that. The American dream always had the possibility for a happy ending but now seldom is that a possibility.
Freedom of speech is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Freedom of speech can’t survive with political correctness, censorship and the progressive agenda of the media. In this country it has become impossible for a conservative to speak one’s mind in the public arena without being attacked and censored by the media. Any conservative who dares to speak out against the tyranny is immediately labeled as a racist, right wing nut, a religious zealot and their words are twisted into something totally unfamiliar to what was said.
All our freedoms are under attack not just freedom of speech. Freedom of religion is also disappearing because practicing Christianity is now considered offensive. Freedom of travel is being infringed upon at every corner and we are made to jump through countless government regulation hoops just to get on an airplane. Freedom of self-defense is being attacked every time someone is killed with the threat of gun control. Freedom of liberty is being reduced to only those liberties that the government feels we should have. Freedom to possess personal property is being challenged by courts, the IRS, law enforcement and zoning boards all across this country, all in the guise of the betterment of society. Freedom to decide for yourself what insurance you need and can afford is no longer possible because the government now mandates those things for you. Freedom of life is quickly eroding because it has already started with the taking of the lives of the unborn and it will soon be expanded to those already born.
There is another more vague freedom that most people have never considered as a freedom that is also being destroyed. The freedom of equality is a freedom that constitutes the basis of our entire government. When everyone is treated the same then every will have the same freedoms. Everyone is supposed to be treated the same regardless of our differences but our government no longer sees all of us as the same. When Congress and elected officials are exempt from the very laws that they write then the freedom of equality is gone. They have written countless laws exempting themselves from such as the Affordable Health Care Act, Social Security, Insider Trading prosecution and many others. Some of the laws have been challenged and changed but none the less they wrote the laws and they continue to write exemptions into the laws for themselves.
The American dream has its very roots at the very creation of our country. Its roots can be found in the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” What is the “pursuit of happiness” but a dream, the American dream?
The American dream is typically seen as a very broad concept that covers just about anything a person can dream up, but is it really? I put it to you that the American dream is really one thing and one thing only. It is not a dream of physical possessions as much as it is a dream of being about to pursue those possessions, physical or otherwise. The dream to pursue those possessions or happiness is the dream of freedom. People don’t become citizens of America for dollars they become citizens for the freedom to pursue those dollars.
That is what is wrong with the American dream today. The American government administration has fundamentally changed the American dream. It is taking away the freedom to pursue happiness by promising happiness through “free” government entitlements. It is promising happiness but that kind of happiness is fleeting. Happiness and productivity are fleeting while sitting on ones backside and doing nothing to justify our rewards. Nothing is truly appreciated unless it is earned, not just given arbitrarily.
I hope you can see that the American dream has not only become a grim fairy tale but also a nightmare. The nightmare only gets worse the longer America sleeps. Just like Freddy Krueger in the movie Nightmare on Elm Street, the orchestrators of this nightmare can only stay in control of the dream while America sleeps. America needs to wake up and take control of the dream by taking control of the government, the way our founding fathers intended. We need to send a strong message to Washington that we will no longer stand by and let them take away the American dream. If you want to send that message then you have to vote against those who are want change America and its dream, in every election. The next election maybe your last chance to do that because if Congress continues to remain in the control of the progressive movement then all is lost. All is lost that is unless there is an armed rebellion. Your failure to act could result in American bloodshed and I don’t think you want that.
You still have the freedom to vote, so please use that freedom to turn this country around and always remember freedom is never free.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr.
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