The American Dream will never be achieved by the average Joe on the street, and he doesn’t even know it. From our mother’s bosom to our creator’s side, we have been instilled with one thing: “If we believe…we can achieve. The big house, the fancy car and the beautiful women can all be ours. Or, so we thought.
Patriotism is taught early in our lives as we recite the pledge of allegiance in our elementary classrooms across this great country. We are taught to defend our country and the freedoms she guarantees us. They forgot to mention that one of those freedoms is the opportunity to fail. While the government fights today in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen against those who try to deny us our freedom, they forget to teach us what it costs us and what it has cost in the past. We are still paying for our past actions.
Who knew the military industrial complex uses an amount greater than 50% of our tax dollars? Why do our politicians continue to spend our money in these dire times? Do they not receive enough funds from big business and private interests? Why are corporations allowed to influence world policy? Did we forget about Blackwater ( a mercenary army for hire) and Halliburton, both of who profited greatly with our invasion of Iraq? Big business profits while American Joe is left with the tattered dream of a good life. Instead he toils at a dead end job to attempt to meet his ever increasing cost of living. Sales tax, property tax, road tax, excise tax, import tax and every other tax imaginable weigh him down. When that is not enough, he is also shouldered with surcharges on top of the taxes. Never mind the interest charged on his credit cards, mortgage and auto loan. Forget that little Susie needs braces and a prom dress. Forget that in 30 years of working Joe has never experienced one of those luxury cruises for a vacation.
What about retirement to that little house with the white picket fence? How will this be achieved? Retirement funds tanked for many during the current recession. Now that led to some big time depression. Social Security has been less than a heartbeat away from total dismantlement with many politicians pushing legislation to do so. Unemployment has reached a level that if and when it does begin to dwindle, the result will be very high inflation rates. This only tends to exacerbate matters even more. At least the Wall Street crowd and their banker buddies won’t have to worry. Well, at least for now. They say that all good things come to an end.
It is time that the average Joe American was informed, at an early stage in his development, of the truths that we hold dear may not hold so true. Leave the choice to him to decide his fate and allow him to dream. Allow him to make the dream become a reality. After all, who will gain from his dream? All of us.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010