Over the last week, at both party’s conventions, there was one common theme.
Well…Sort of common theme.
Let’s say that the title of the theme was the same and leave it at that since that is where similarities ended.
That theme was…”The American Dream.”
Both parties talked about it. Both said they were for it.
It seems however, that they have two very different definitions OF it.
I suggest that to understand the “American Dream,” we need to step back from today’s contentious discourse.
From a literary standpoint, the tear, “American Dream” was made popular in 1931 in a book written by James Truslow Adams but, it’s not the origin of the phrase.
To find its origin as a written or spoken phrase, one must read Ben Franklin’s autobiography.
Clearly though, before something like that can be written, it must be conceived of and it’s quite possible, that concept began with the Pilgrims who longed for a land where they could worship as they saw fit.
America was accessible though far from their homelands, it offered security from their overbearing governments and it was a place from which they could have a new beginning.
It was dangerous. It was uncertain. Why…The trip TO America could kill you. There were no guarantees but there was…opportunity.
Eventually, the government control the Pilgrims had fled caught back up to them and again, rather than charting their own course and their own destiny, those who had sought freedom were again…Subjects.
Faced with ever growing levels of governmental control and burdened with taxation beyond their means and no say in the decisions controlling them, a change was at hand.
After 150 years, the original “American Dream,” was in dire jeopardy of dissolve.
Those who understood the situation, who thought not of themselves but of the future…A future beyond their lifetimes and the lifetimes of their children and grandchildren, plotted a different course…A different destiny.
That is the “American Dream” of which Franklin wrote.
Freedom. Liberty. Opportunity.
A place where all men were created equal.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Unalienable Rights, endowed by the creator.
Perhaps most importantly to the American Dream” of Ben Franklin’s autobiography was this…
A Government Of the People, By the People and For the People.
Now, jump ahead another 150 years or so.
It’s 1931 and the “American Dream” appears in James Truslow Adams’ book, “Epic of America” and this time, the phrase catches on.
From that point on, the “American Dream” means what it meant to Franklin and more. It was the clarion call of immigration. People coming to America from all corners of the world for a better life. More opportunity. A chance to be something, become someone. Work hard, provide a better life for your family, get an education, and most of all, the opportunity for your children to rise above your own station and for their children, to rise above that.
1931 was the time of the Great Depression. Bank collapses, High unemployment.
But, there was still opportunity and above that, desperation to reach it.
It opened the door to the advancement of Wodrow Wilson’s ideologically “progressive” government ideology.
Social Security. Medicare.
The New Deal.
Upon his nomination, FDR said: “Throughout the nation men and women, forgotten in the political philosophy of the Government, look to us here for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth… I pledge myself to a new deal for the American people. This is more than a political campaign. It is a call to arms.”
What WAS that political philosophy? It was socialism in America.
To WHOM were people to look for guidance and ”for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth…”
The government, of course.
It WAS more than a political campaign…It was a political ideology…The call to arms of a socialist ideology and it was the democratic party at the helm.
What those who adhere to the ideology of the New Deal don’t want you to know, is that it was NOT the New Deal which lifted the American economy out of the Great Depression. It was the aftermath of WWII that included a new revolution in manufacturing that did it. People opening new businesses did it. Small business BOOMED and created jobs.
Plants that made the weapons of war were retooled and started manufacturing the goods people needed. Private sector ingenuity invented new goods, store opened to carry them, people were hired to sell them and the “American Dream” was alive again.
Then, in 2008, Obama said it. “Share the wealth.”
We had heard it all before, hadn’t we?
FDR’s NEW deal, by 2010, had become what Joe Biden so flowerfully called, “A big f#*@ing deal.”
It was combined with a “stimulus” spending package and, the resurgence of government programs.
No budgets passed but spending increased.
Today, more people rely on government assistance, welfare and food stamps than ever before.
Obama still wants to increase taxes on those who have found success, punishing them FOR that success.
When Obama took office, our economy was sliding fast brought on by the Dodd/Frank housing debacle.
Once again, an American president, member of the democratic party, ensconced in the socialist ideology, is urging the American people to…” look to us here (the government) for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth.”
Indeed, last week at their convention, democrats ran a video stating that, “Government is the only thing we all belong to.”
The “American Dream.”
We all belong to the government?
Look to the government for guidance?
Share the wealth?
While liberals talked about the “American Dream,” it’s clearly NOT the “American Dream” of those who first settled in a new land in 1620.
It’s not the “American Dream” of Franklin and the rest of our founders and framers.
It’s not the “American Dream” popularized by James Truslow Adams in 1931 either.
To truly understand just how far today’s liberals have strayed from the REAL “American Dream” one can look back to last week’s floor vote at the democratic convention.
God, and Israel, were booed.
The original “American Dream” was a land where those who settled, could practice their religion freely.
For those who founded our nation, that idea was so important they made Freedom of Religion the 1st of our Bill of Rights.
Indeed, the founding document ensures that “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…”
And yet, last week, from the floor of the democratic convention, their delegates…Booed the inclusion of that very Creator in their platform.
And, to add insult to the “American Dream,” as he accepted his party’s nomination, Obama attempted to channel those very words but, he couldn’t even get them correct.
Rather than “UN-alieneble rights…Obama said…IN-alienable rights.
Yes, there is a difference.
You CAN surrender, sell or transfer IN-alienable rights if you consent either actually or constructively. Inalienable rights are not inherent in man and CAN be alienated by government.
On the other hand…
You can NOT surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights, they are a gift from the creator to the individual and can NOT… under any circumstances be surrendered or taken.
Just listen to the first 5 seconds:
So…A slip of the tongue? A simple mistake?
Obama taught constitutional law in Chicago. He knows the difference and it’s NOT a one time occurance.
And here, just as God was removed from the platform, Obama removes the Creator from the Declaration AND…Again…says IN-alienable.
Michelle Obama said that, “…being president doesn’t change who you are — no, it reveals who you are.”
One can fact check Obama’s speech from alpha to omega and discover many issues with the truth but, when he said “IN-alienable” it was…revealing.
A socialist does not believe in the “American Dream” regardless of how often they bring it up in a convention and no party that would boo the inclusion of the Creator in their platform believes in it either.
ONLY a socialist would, in a moment of revealing clarity, tell us that we have…IN-alienable rights which CAN be CAN surrendered, sold or transferred if you consent either actually or constructively and CAN be alienated by government.
And only a socialist would want to “fundamentally transform” America.
The roots of the “American Dream” are in God and religion and the historical meaning of it since the day we became a nation is the FUNDAMENTAL belief that our government comes to the PEOPLE for guidance and that the GOVERNMENT belongs to the PEOPLE…
Not the other way around.
Obama’s “American Dream has been revealed as the same NIGHTMARE which people, for centuries, have come to America to escape.
The National Patriot
Weekend Edition 9/8/12