/, Featured/Whatever Happened to the American Dream?
Whatever Happened to the American Dream?

What makes America, America? We often hear talk of the “American Dream.” Americans have come to expect certain lifestyle advantages and political freedoms unparalleled by the rest of the world as a result of their American citizentship. At one time in our history that was true. In 1948, America, despite only having 5% of the population, manufactured a stunning 50% of the world’s goods. America once possessed over 95% of the world’s telephones and cars. But something has gone terribly wrong. American exceptionalism is no longer a guarantee. Our once-taken-for-granted civil liberties are disappearing at an alarming rate. Our public schools are producing illiterates at an alarming rate. And when one takes a look at the economic prowess of the American middle class from an historical perspective spanning the last 30+ years, the picture is indeed bleak. The notion of the American Dream is fast becoming, for many, the American Nightmare.

Before we can truly understand the daunting threats to America’s prosperity and security, we must first take a look at the fundamental expectations American have regarding their country. I conducted a qualitative analysis derived from various publications and I translated the data into a quantitative interpretation. There were some very consistent themes which surfaced in my analysis and they are expressed in the following paragraphs. I feel compelled to warn those of us who are awake to the realities of the dangers we are facing, the expectations of the mainstream of Americans is very idealistic, almost to the point of being exceptionally naive.

The  fundamental research question which guided my inquiry was: What is the American Dream and how does it translate into one’s own personal life?

Subsequent to researching the above question, I analyzed the trends in American and compared them to expressed American expectations from life and what I discovered what can only be described as a serious disconnect between American expectations and the social, political and financial realities of American life.

The answers are categorized below. I must confess that the answers, which constituted the American dream for many people, did not surprise me because it is what I heard and believed growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s. What became clear from the results was that every post World War II generation has shared a set of commonly held beliefs that are uniquely American and are amazingly optimistic.


The Ten Elements
Comprising the American Dream

1) America is the land of opportunity. If one is willing to work hard enough, they can become a “rags to riches” story.

2) The opportunities that parents will leave their children will be greater than the previous generation.

3) Despite the character and behavior of some politicians, the American system endures and serves the interest of the people because of the United States Constitution.

4) It is the job of government officials and government agencies to protect the American people from the harm of greedy, self-serving corporations.

5) We will always be a nation that respects individual liberties such as freedom of religion and speech as well as protecting the rights of private property owners.

6) The American education system is the great equalizer and for some American citizens this unbridled access to learning levels the playing field between rich and poor as witnessed by the numerous accomplishments of economically poor Americans that have climbed the ladder of economic success.

7) Despite their philosophical differences, the incessant bickering between the Democrats and the Republicans, the political leadership as well as the rank and file of the two major parties really does have the best interest of America at heart.

8) Americans believe that our future safety is virtually guaranteed because of America’s awesome military might.

9) America is the lone remaining super power. As a result, the American people are reaping the benefits of our international dominance with an ever-increasing rising standard of living.

10) The Depression and World War II generation presided over the greatest change in American History bringing us unprecedented success as a nation and this success fully endures over six decades later.

As the reader will soon see, Americans can no longer take these 10 expectations that Americans have toward life in our country, as fact. I compared the optimistic view of America’s future with some economic and educational trends and found a gaping discrepancy between American expectations and American reality. Ultimately, what I discovered is that the winds of change are blowing across our once great nation. We are living in a time when the most transformative changes, since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, are taking place.

What jumps out from the data, is that America is besieged with a declining standard of living and the American Dream is on life-support.

The Dirty Thirty

1. In 1974, the United States government declared a health care crisis because we spent 7.5 percent of our gross national product on medical costs. Today we spend three times that much. (President Obama, 2008). What has happened to your health care premiums in the last few years?

2. 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.

3.  In December 2007, when the recession began, it was sitting at $54,916. In June 2009, when the recession supposedly ended, it was sitting at $53,508. Today, it is sitting at $50,964.

4.  According to the Federal Reserve, the median net worth of all families in the United States declined “from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. Where did it go?  Try looking at banker bailouts. Call it the biggest wealth transfer in history, I call it the biggest bank robbery in history.

5. There has been a 39% increase in average daily TV viewing since 1960: Every research study which compares reading levels to television viewing for children, suggests an inverse relationship between the two variables. Beginning with Albert Bandura’s seminal research on television viewing (1965) to today’s research, the trend is clear. The more one watches television, the lower the reading level. This is called the dumbing down of America and it is deliberate.

6. Over 50 percent of all stocks and bonds are owned by just 1 percent of the U.S. population.

7. Despite the fact that Americans pay the most in healthcare costs in the world, we only have the 51st longest life span in the world (CIA Fact Book, 2011)

8.  According to one recent survey, approximately one-third of all Americans are not paying their bills on time at this point.

9. Health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent since Barack Obama became president. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980. Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

10. The wealthiest 20 percent of all Americans now control 84 percent of all the wealth in America. Robert Reich (2006) stated that the upper 1% controls over 40% of the wealth in the U.S.

11. In 1970, 65 percent of all Americans lived in “middle class neighborhoods”. By 2007, only 44 percent of all Americans lived in “middle class neighborhoods”. .

12. Over the past 15 years, the number of functionally illiterate 17-year-olds has more than doubled (NEA).

13. America has the largest number of functional illiterates in the industrial world (DOE).

14. There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing. That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.

15.  In this re-enactment of the Hunger Games Agenda 21 scenario, the amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has risen by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

16. College Tuition rose eight times faster than inflation through the 1980’s and the 2000’s (Department of Education, 2011)

17. The 2.7 million Americans with the highest incomes will have as much after-tax income as the 100 million Americans with the combined lowest incomes (Robert Reich, 2006).

18.  According to a recent report produced by Pew Charitable Trusts, approximately one out of every three Americans that grew up in a middle class household has slipped down the income ladder

19. The country’s share of wealth going to the bottom 80 percent of all households is now less than 16 percent (Robert Reich, 2006).

20. Tax policy changes since 1977 have provided the top one percent of households with an average tax cut worth more than $40,000 in 1999. The average tax cut that the richest one percent of households has received exceeds the entire income of households in the middle of the income spectrum (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Isaac Shapiro & Robert Greenstein, 2005)

21. Eminent domain cases enacted against American private property owners have risen over 300% in the past 10 years as compared to the previous 40 years. (Arizona Coalition to Protect Personal Property Rights, 2005). In Texas alone, NASCO threatens to displace a million Texans from their homes and places of work so that foreign investment firms can make “major bank” on highways built with American taxpayer monies. Arizona, Oklahoma and Colorado are next.

22. Inflation averages 5% per year. Over the past five years, has your income gone up by 25%? If not, you are poorer. (Government Accounting Office, 2005).

23. Less than 3% of German children live in poverty. Over 20% of all American kids do (UNICEF, 2002).

24. If you had a college degree in 1979, you were earning around 40 percent more than somebody with a high school degree. Now, if you have a college degree, you are earning over 80% more than somebody with a high school degree.

25. A 30-year-old man in the early 1970’s earned 15% more than his father did at that age. Today’s 30-year-old can expect to bring in 25% less than his dad did. (Forbes, 2008)

26. The wealthiest 400 families in the United States have about as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of all Americans do combined.

27. The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003 provides for compulsory mental health program for all children aged 0-18 in order to “provide for screening to “ensure appropriate and culturally relevant assessment of young children’s social and emotional development with the use of standardized tools.”

28. Today, the wealthiest 1 percent of all Americans own more wealth than the bottom 95 percent combined.

29. Today, about one out of every four workers in the United States brings home wages that are at or below the poverty level

30. When George Bush (43) took office, a gallon of gas cost $1.57. Since our entire economy is oil dependent, ask yourself about the price of food, clothes and the basics of life since the price of oil has doubled since the advent of King George II who was raised in an oil family.

When the Titanic was sunk in 1912, 60% of the first class passengers survived, 40% of the second class survived and only 25% of the third. Like the deck furniture on the Titanic, the furniture is merely being arranged in preparation for the final voyage of America. The economic standard of living survival rates, by socioeconomic standards, will more than likely parallel the Titanic survival rates on its fateful journey.

The Dirty Thirty is not a series of accidental events which have coincidentally coalesced to bring about weakening of America. America is minimally surviving solely on momentum created several decades ago. Yet, the myth of the American Dream is still alive and well. Most Americans are in a state of abject denial. Our country is asleep at the wheel while the economic advantages, once enjoyed by working Americans, are being stolen out from under our collective noses. Americans are under attack and have been occupied by the multinational corporations whose sole goal is to increase profits by any means possible. The global corporations want your labor and they want it as cheaply as possible. They want the complete erasure of our borders so they are free to move wherever labor costs and costs of production are the cheapest. They seek to erase all national identities through the encouragement of mass population migrations which we are seeing in North America and Europe. Most of all, they want your children to fight and die in seemingly meaningless wars so that the profits of Halliburton, KBR, Exxon Mobil and British Petroleum can be maximized on the backs of slave labor via the upcoming military draft. In short, the corporations are using the power of government to create a system of global feudalism where most of us will live the life of a serf for their entire existence. America’s options are becoming very limited. We are headed toward an impending train wreck and at some point time, there will no hiding the facts and Americans will fight. Why do you think our Kenyan President wants your guns and is in the process of giving control to the last free form of communication that we have left, the internet?

The American Dream, now deceased, needs to be replaced by the American Vision for a new future. Every American needs to be educated on who the real enemy is which are the bankers who have hijacked our government. Americans need to hunt down and imprison these bankers and it is not going to happen without a fight.

Say hello to the New Dark Ages

 

 

 

By | 2017-10-26T22:16:00+00:00 December 5th, 2012|Activism, Featured|11 Comments

About the Author:

11 Comments

  1. jack December 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Sounds like the its still the land of opportunity for someone who studies hard and earns a degree in one of the many well paying fields – computer science, engineering, medicine- any of the hard science areas really.

  2. BlueyBlogger December 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    What’s happened to the American Dream? That’s easy man……..America is waking up finally.
    You have to ASLEEP to have a Dream!

  3. don parry December 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Divide and conquer,that is how the powers that be get what they want, they simply use our humanness against our selfs in every aspect of our everyday life .The ugly reptilian side of humanity, jealousy,envy,greed,ego,pride,whatever you want to call it,along with keeping us preoccupied with our primal desire or need for sex. They have a hand book or manual on how the human being works they know how far they can push us before if ever we revolt.They know what kind of deep dark secrets we keep within our ever so busy minds.And they are able to do all of this because humanity refuses to be honest with ourselves and admit that if one where to have total absolute power over others ,left unchecked this power would corrupt almost any human being on the planet.Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  4. […] Whatever Happened To The American Dream […]

  5. s. davis December 6, 2012 at 3:29 am

    If you can, get out NOW — while you still can — before it gets even worse. Plenty of other good countries to live in — New Zealand being one of them. I left the US in 1970 (to travel, but then just never made it back again). But from afar, I then watched it deteriorate (by means of deliberate action) over the decades. America is no longer in ‘descent into chaos’ — it’s now in free-fall. Unfortunately, it isn’t likely to get better in the foreseeable future, as naked corporate greed and government’s/NWO’s lust for power and control are allowed to run rampant. State-sponsored fascism, total surveillance of all citizens, drones in the skies, police militarization and increasing brutality, TSA ‘security’ madness, FEMA detention camps, US soldiers already on the ground and conditioned/willing to kill fellow Americans when martial law comes down, the active crushing of dissent and free speech, complete media control, 9/11, endless wars, GMO poisoning of the food, ‘dumbing down’ (more Americans interested in The Sopranos and The Simpsons than in The Senate), skyrocketing poverty/joblessness, on-going backhanders to the banksters in the tens of trillions — on and on and on.

    Millions of Americans will be frogs in a slow-boiling pot — and will never recognize the danger — until it’s too late. Sadly, the days of ‘pitchfork-and-hoe revolution’ are long over. The balance of power is THEIRS now — ultra-modern weaponry, de-sensitized military and cops, total information database on everyone, full throttle on the propaganda press, plus the continuing ignorance of the mainstream sheeple who still somehow incredibly believe that everything the government is doing is to ‘protect them’ from the evils of foreign terrorists who ‘just hate our freedoms’! Wake up — this is ‘end game’. Whatcha gonna do? Close your eyes and pretend it ain’t really happening? Join ’em and wear an armband? Capitulate, cringe and cower? Become a member of the underground resistance? Why the hell NOT get out now! You’ve only got one life to live — so live it somewhere where you CAN live decently, and prosper, and not have to feel the creep of fear whenever some thug in a uniform looks a fraction too long at you? Unpatriotic? Well, get over it. You’ve been badly betrayed — by a long succession of your country’s ‘leaders’, and things are not/never going to go back to the way they were.

  6. DDearborn December 6, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Hmmm

    zionists have increased their control in the US Government at both Federal and State levels to the point that they have nearly absolute power. The result is what you are seeing today. A country no longer governed by the Constitution and the rule of law. A tiny minority reaping virtually all the economic and political benefits of the hard labor of the working class. A bankrupted treasury. Our wealth stolen by the criminal zionists FED cartel, totally corrupted Congress and White House and a zionist media to cover their tracks. Our military at the point of collapse fighting phony wars on terror that only create new terrorists. They destroy third world countries that were never a threat to anyone but israel. We have murdered literally millions of women and children (just like israel) all in the name of created a new Middle East for israel. Wake up people the zionists have bled our country dry. They will now attempt to bring about a mlitary dictiatorship as this is the only way to stop the American people from rising up and destroying israel.

    Zionists have been at the forefront of every single attack on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Zionists have their names on nearly every single piece of legislation that allowed nearly a 100 Million immigrants into this country. It is zionists leading the charge that took away your right to free speech and assembly. And it is zionists that have been leading the way to take away your right to bear arms. And it was always always zionists that have demanded since 1947 that America sell its soul to serve israel………

    Wake up people very soon now that knock on your door will be for your guns. Or you will wake up one day and ammunition is no longer available. One way or another the zionists must disarm the American people. Because if they don’t the American people will rise up and force the destruction of the number one threat to our survival…..israel…..

    Don’t believe any of this? Fine ask yourself why it is that such a tiny minority of less than 3% is so grossly over represented in Congress, the White House and virtually every single important department in our government. Why is it that the Middle East section of the US state Department has so many jews (many of whom are dual citizens) Bear in mind that israel’s population is dwarfed by those of its neighbors (or was before we slaughtered them by the millions) So common sense would dictate that would would have a large percentage of Muslim Americans in the Middle East section of the State department. As video footage has shown as you walk down the halls of US State Department you see 2 flags on almose every desk. The US flag and right next to it the israeli flag. This is good for America and Americans? The White House staff, the czars, the FED, treasury, SEC, etc. etc. the list goes on and on. Take a look at the key staffing positions at the ivy league schools. Look at the number of department heads held by jews. Many of these are openly zionist and are dual citizens. Is it any wonder that som many jews are excepted to ivy league schools when it is jews that control admissions? A huge and grossly disproportionate number of jews in so many key positions. People we are supposed to be representative democracy. You won’t get that if the leadership positions are filled by dual citizen zionists. Instead you get what we have today a country on the verge of total collapse. Bottom line is that the very first requirement for any Federal job is that you are NOT a dual citizen of any country. Being a dual citizen automatically compromises anyone who claims he will serve America first. How would we know? Obviously that person has an allegence to another country or he wouldn’t be a dual citizen now would they?

    Obama is all set to replace 2 key cabinet posts. Watch and see who gets the nod for at least one of them if not both……..Oh if you think this is anti semetic tough cookies. Stating facts is not anti-semetism. But even it if were, we have the first amendment that allows me the right to state my opinions. The Constitution does not allow your first amendment right to free speech be abridged for any reason. And that includes the one were someone else doesn’t like what you are saying and labels it “hate” speech. Like “enemy combatants” “hate speech” is a made up phrase who’e sole purpose is to help someone else take way your right to free speechso only their voice can be heard.

  7. Eeyore December 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

    In the early 60s we were prosperous. There are 4 main reasons. First the dollar was backed by gold (Johnson spent the gold in Fort Knox to fight Vietnam). We had Fair Trade, Nations with prohibitive tariffs against American goods found a matching tariffs when they tried to sell their goods in our market. We had a healthy vibrant blue collar middle class thanks to strong unions (Since 1980 Blue collar wages have been stagnant). The Rich paid their fair share. There were many deductions (all loan interest, stock market loses, hobbies called business) but every dime over 40K/year was taxed at the 90% rate. Today we have fiat currency, we broke the unions for corporate greed, instituted free trade so China can build consumer goods with slave labor and dump those products in America to destroy jobs. The rich pay the lowest tax bracket in 70 years and we aren’t better off.

  8. Eochaidh MacDhalaigh OghaChruithne December 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    !0% of Americans own 80% of America’s wealth. 90% of Americans are fighting over 20% of America’s wealth. 20% is not enough for 90% of Americans. Even if 10% of Americans owned only 50% of America’s wealth, there’s too many people in the U.S. Either decentralize the 50 states or break up America into those regional units that some Russian wrote will happen soon.

    Anyway, ordinary people are learning first hand what it was like to be a Native American during Manifest Destiny and the first half of the 20th Century. Listen up people, it’s worse for us because there’s now not enough game or acorns to live off the land for one year. We’re slaves to the banksters and globalists.

  9. Anon December 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    What happened to the ‘American Dream’? What happened, is that the so-called “Jew”-ish International Central Bankers in the ‘City’ of London (London’s Financial District) established their privately-owned, so-called “Federal Reserve” Bank, and their “Federal Reserve Notes”, which are their primary weapon, or means, of stealing the wealth of the U.S. or American people, via taxation and inflation, and outright FRAUD, such as with the 2008 Bank Bailouts ($20+ TRILLION), which came on the heels of the Wall St. Banker-orchestrated 2007 Mortgage Lending “Crisis”, not to mention the $700+ TRILLION LIBOR SCANDAL, that oddly, isn’t reported on much by the Lame Stream Media. ALL OF THIS, was done to orchestrate the coming GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRASH, which will then give the Int’l Central Bankers, in the ‘City’ of London, the opportunity to consolidate their power even further via offering up their pre-planned solution: ONE WORLD GOVERNANCE, or a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT (to handle the global economy as well as the other pet project of the globalist Int’l Bankers, another “crisis” they created toward their NWO – ‘AGW’ – or man-made global warming. Here are a few items to consider, with regard to the foregoing:

    1) New World Order Pledged to “Jews”: New York Times, Oct. 6, 1940
    http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=261800
    Question: Should civilized humanity be at all concerned about the plight and sufferings of the Palestinians, or just the so-called “Jews”?

    2) Bankers Destroy Global Economy by Design to Consolidate Power
    http://www.truthistreason.net/bankers-destroy-global-economy-by-design-to-consolidate-power/comment-page-1#comment-26822

    3) Still believe in ‘AGW’ or “man-made” global warming?
    Club of Rome Report, 1993 – Global Warming Quotation [Pause video at 1:12, and READ!]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AqEFQcCF1c

    “They” plan this stuff decades in advance.

  10. Anon December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    The real question is: What are YOU (and, of course, all of us) going to DO about these predatory Int’l Central Bankers, and TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK?

    Getting your money out of any TBTF Bank is ONE thing that you can do. However,
    there are many, many other things that we all can do, too!

    Here are just a few:
    1) BOYCOTT – learn this concept well, and EMPLOY IT – against those enslaving you!
    2) THINK for yourself. TURN OFF the IDIOT-BOX (TV) OR THROW IT AWAY!
    3) QUESTION all ‘authority’ (Big Business/Government, Big Religion, Big Media, etc.)
    4) Get out, and/or stay out, of DEBT!
    5) USE CASH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Avoid using credit, debit, and customer loyalty cards, as much as possible.
    6) Bank at a local credit union!
    7) VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS! (What do you support, with your attention, your time, money, and energy?)
    8) Contact your Representatives on critical issues: such as “END THE FED!”
    9) Re-read the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It isn’t about hunting. It’s about governmental tyranny, and protecting yourself from it.
    10)Buy (products) Made in U.S.A. IF you are one of those buying Christmas cards or gifts, at WalMart, that are cheaply made in China – then, you are part of the problem.
    11)Invest in precious metals, primarily SILVER (and gold) bullion.
    12)Buy ORGANIC food! Support your local Organic Farmer, food store or Co-op!
    13)Start your own garden using NON-GMO, non-hybrid seeds!
    14)Pray or meditate – reduce your stress!
    15)Read a book, you know, an actual book! Open your mind! Read THE WORLD ORDER, by Eustace Mullins.
    16)Exercise your brain muscle!
    17)Listen to soothing classical, jazz, ambient or other music you thoroughly enjoy!
    18)CUT BACK ON OIL AND GAS CONSUMPTION!
    19)Take a high-quality, daily multi-vitamin!
    20)Buy used or recycled – especially since this keeps money in the local economy – this applies to used music cds, movie dvds, clothes, etc.
    21)Support your local merchants!

    EXPAND THIS LIST AND SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW! “BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD” – Gandhi

    Agorism-State-Nullification-NDAA-and-other-Unconstitutional-Federal-Laws-Audit-the-Fed-END-the-FED-Campaign-for-Liberty-OathKeepers.org-

  11. jerry December 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

    As one who lived through the time, my opinion is that the key event in the ending of the American Dream was the Kennedy assasination. We never learned who did it, did we? That is, unless you accept the Lone Nut theory. Congress, in it’s 1978 investigation, concluded that there had to have been a conspiracy. Logically, whoever did it did not disappear into the night. It is a safe assumption that they are still in control of the US or they would have been outted as soon as they lost control. Therefore, whoever is in control of the US is the guilty party.

    Though we often hear of the reasons for which Kennedy may have been assasinated, including resisting war, issuing US notes, angering organized crime, etc., a key event that is rarely mentioned is that in the summer of 1963 the Israeli Prime Minister Moyshe Dayan resigned in anger, denouncing Kennedy for wanting to destroy Israel by withholding the nuclear bomb from them. What is the common factor between all of the angered parties, i.e. the military industrial comples, organized crime, the Federal Reserve and Israel? The answer is obvious.

Comments are closed.