CarrieKY wrote:Wow. This thread is very enlightening.
As a 10th generation American (which is incredibly long compared to most Americans) I can vouch that The American Dream was one born upon the notion of class.
To me, Las Vegas is the antithesis of the American Dream. LV is a city built on luck - where the American dream was about hard work. To my ancestors, hard work was all that was needed to achieve whatever they could dream, not what a Lord or Kaisor dictated.
Greediness? How could the US be deemed a land of greedmongers? Haven't we been there every single time a nation was in need? I have long felt we would be better served by the notion that charity begins at home.
The welfare system in the US has so very little to do with the welfare in other countries. The generations on welfare in the US have no intention of making a better life for themselves - which I feel is the true meaning of The American Dream. Work hard, save your money, buy your own spot of earth, anything is possible - that's what The American Dream means to me.
Hunter knew that...after all.
Well said, CarrieKY. I agree completely. You've covered all bases for me. Good Call.