Has the American Dream gone the way of Santa Claus?

Posted on October 13, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , |

 American Dreams, copyright 2009 Desiree Paquette


Trying not to sound too morose, I am afraid the American Dream we were sold as a child has gone the way of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.

Work hard, play by the rules, be a good person and a good citizen and you will receive your just reward.

Is it just me, or has that axiom has fallen short? Maybe it’s my age – a midlife crisis perhaps- or it’s causation the barrage of headlines over the past two years. Something is making me question everything I based previous decisions on. God is my constant, to which I am grateful, although if the progressives had their way, that’d be trampled upon too. Nearly every truth I have held closely has been proven, if not wrong, then surely more of an idiom than a maxim.

I am trying to dig deep, reach inward grasping at the enthusiasm I once held for the future. America, left to the principles of it’s founding, would surely provide a way. The problem is there is a bulls eye painted on the heartland. Politicians and  non-elected “officials” are the arrows. How many more hits can we sustain? 

There is no doubt, the country is in crisis. From my vantage point, it’s not merely an economic crisis, but a severe drought of truth. Who to believe, who to trust, who to put stock in? The only answer I can come up with is to believe in myself and all those fighting this battle with me.

There are a lot of good true blue American citizens out there having the same internal dialogue I struggle with. I know this because I am fortunate enough to meet more and more of them every single day. This has brought me to the conclusion we are like a family. In times of crisis, such as this, we must cling to each other (along with our guns and our bibles, of course). That is why social media is so important now, and why this administration feels threatened by it. 

We have many tough days ahead of us. Much pending legislation is aimed at us and our way of life. No matter what, it’s important to know we will get through it. If we stand together we may be able to thwart some of it – fling it back into the hell hole it crawled out of.

I urge you not to seek solace in one party or another, however. That is a house of cards. Republicans would have you believe they are the light at the end of the tunnel, the answer to your prayers. The answer lies instead in the truth, however hard to come by. The truth does not foster itself in government. No longer can we vote a party, no matter who tries to convince you otherwise. I am not saying we shouldn’t vote Republican in 2010 – by all means, pull that frigin’ lever – if for no other reason than to apply the breaks to this commiwagon heading down the Heartland Highway. Come 2012 we need to have candidates OF OUR CHOOSING running the table.

We won’t be able to undo all the legislation they pass, and we certainly can’t unspend the money. We can, however, work in the meantime, to run defense. We need a demonstrative coalition. Please implore your friends and family to get involved, starting with social media. It’s easy, uncomplicated and fun. Social networking is also invaluable for working together to get things done. This is how our current administration came to be. In times of upheaval it can actually be a comfort. Certain social media outlets are better suited for various tasks. Keep that in mind while making your suggestions.

Maybe the American Dream is merely on holiday, but if we give up in defeat, that holiday will turn out to be Day of the Great Socialist October Revoution.







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