Saturday, January 24, 2009

The American Dream

What The American Dream means to each of us is as varied as the citizens of this nation. For some, pursuit and realization of that dream comes as the result of years of hardship and personal sacrifice; for others, it is a golden peach ripe for the picking - and comes at another person's expense. It all depends upon your personal aspirations and political ideologies.

The latest assault comes in the form of mad-dog socialism dressed in top hat and tails, an ideal Americans can look upon with hope and in the spirit of change: A friend in need is a friend indeed, even if not in deed. Just ignore the foaming mouth, no danger here; that is just those right-wingers trying to distract you.

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. I once read that over time, ability turns into a liability and need into an asset. How is this truly a viable economic system, being built upon great disincentives to produce and even greater incentives to consume?

Today, my friend Angi posted an amazing perspective on The American Dream and how easily it can be shattered - not only for the dreamer but for others at the core and at the periphery of that dream: American Company, Inc.

As you sow, so shall you reap.

A Democrat and a Republican are walking down the street when they come across a homeless person. The Republican hands him his business card and says, "Call me tomorrow and I'll help you find a job." Then he reaches into his wallet, pulls out twenty dollars, and gives it to the man.

The two walk on and come across another homeless person. Impressed by his Republican friend, the Democrat stops and gives the man directions to the welfare office. He reaches into the Republican's wallet, pulls out twenty dollars, gives five to the homeless person and keeps fifteen for administrative costs.
Capitalism is wrong. It is destructive, immoral.... a failure.... the source of all corruption. It must be abolished. It is most unfortunate for capitalism that we have not actually operated under this system for decades. We appeared to do so, and that is close enough for government work. Of course, it is all well and good that those who wish to spread the wealth ensured their ability to have their fair share of the pie - as well as yours and mine - before demanding what remains be cut into smaller and smaller slices, to be divided unequally amongst us. Eventually we will be cutting air, the pieces handed around nothing more than imagination of a taste to whet the appetite, the aroma of pie still lingering in the air.

As you sow, so shall you reap.
It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment, because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he's gonna help me. --Peggy Joseph
As you sow, so shall you reap.
For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country. --Michelle Obama
As you sow, so shall you reap.
I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are Independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face. --Barack Obama
Each has realized their own version of The American Dream. Peggy has no need to worry about paying for her gas and mortgage, because she helped Barack and now he will help her - force those earning over $250,000 a year to pay their own way - and hers, too. Michelle can find yet another reason to be proud of her country, knowing one more African-American has cast aside the oppressive bonds of a market rooted in the evils of capitalism. And.... Barack has enchanted his "ambassadors" into willfully setting aside their own (and forcibly seize ours) fundamental rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It all depends upon your personal aspirations and political ideologies.


LewWaters said...

One thing I have always noticed about the American Dream, when it comes to the left.

As they continually remind us that the dream is dead for so many, they ensure they achieve theirs. Usually at the expense of us and without their hands actually getting dirty by any work.

When it comes to political parties, they have become so blended it is difficult to tell one from the other as both live luxuriously at our expense.

Anonymous said...

Very, very well said Ang. (And thanks for the shout-out!) One of the most disturbing (yet enlightening) things to me about this entire situation we're in is what most people have refused to open their eyes to; what exactly has Barack Obama done for anybody? Isn't it odd that he has relatives in Kenya and the slums of New York that he won't lift a finger to help? Isn't it odd that he is so willing to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on the most expensive inauguration party in U.S. history, yet can't dip into his own pocketbook to help "the little man"? It all seems so black and white to me, people must be having to work very hard to remain blind to the obvious.

Angie Lee said...

Well sure they have to work so hard to remain blind - that hard work is what entitles them to dip their hands into another person's pocket. And of course the dream is "dead" - they killed it.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

Ahh, still keeping up the endless, incoherent rants, eh, oldman?

I just came by to see if your head's exploded, what with the inauguration and all. After reading your latest gibberish, it's really hard to tell.

Just remember - don't look back, somebody might be gaining on you. Even paranoids have real enemies.

LewWaters said...

Hey snarkie, long time no see. I missed you, bub. I haven't had many braindead liberal loons to play with lately.

As a matter of fact, you are mistaken all the way around. I'm enjoying myself more than ever as I point out what idiots you all are and what fools homey made of you all.

Shoes on the other foot now, snarkie. Ya'll set the tone and boy, are you all going to get it back, in spades.

Besides, your boy is such a dullard, we are going to have a grand time pointing every misstep he makes.

Oh, you might look at this excellently written piece again. I didn't write it. You see, things are going so great, I have others posting here too now.

ta ta, son, past your bedtime.