The American Dream

I was just rereading the transcript of Bill Moyers August 15, 2008 interview with Andrew Bacevich.

In one part, Bacevich responds to the infamous remark Dick Cheney parroted about the American way of life not being negotiable.

The American way of life equals The American Dream, doesn’t it? So what does that mean?

Ever consider the word “dream”?

Here’s the definition from dictionary.com for the noun form:

1. a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
2. the sleeping state in which this occurs.
3. an object seen in a dream.
4. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.
5. a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie.
6. an aspiration; goal; aim: A trip to Europe is his dream.
7. a wild or vain fancy.
8. something of an unreal beauty, charm, or excellence.

Nice mix of possibilities here, huh?

As far as I can see, most Americans have slipped well away from “aspiration; goal; aim” to “wild and vain fancy.”

And how many of us noticed? And, assuming many now agree this has happened, WHEN did it happen?

And what–if anything–are most Americans going to do about our current economic crisis?

From what I’m seeing, our government intends to fan the flames rather than extinguish the fire. And it looks like too many who are still employed are grudgingly adding to savings and cutting back while still expecting the good times to roll again.

Dream on.

Cassandra

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2 Responses to “The American Dream”

  1. Sybil Says:

    Hey! I’m not grudgingly adding to savings, I’m scouring parking lots for lost pennies and stuffing them under my mattress while cackling with wild glee. I’m storing cases of on-sale tomato sauce under the cat bed and composting anything that doesn’t move.

    I think definition 4 applies.

  2. tonyisnt Says:

    In another article I came across today:

    “They don’t even hide—they’re … laughing at you. We know where they work, and we know what they look like…. Shouldn’t you, Americans, with your guns and your high and mighty talk about how you protect your rights and your property and your families—shouldn’t you, like, do something?”

    Source: BETSY MCCAUGHEY WANTS TO KILL AMERICANS ON BEHALF OF HER PLUTOCRAT FRIENDS, BUT ARE AMERICANS TOO SLAVE-LIKE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES?

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