generations, parents have told their children about “The American Dream.” Basically it has meant building a
life based on the foundational principles that created and have sustained America for more than 200 years.”
Greater than any other country in
the modern world, the United States offered, from 1776 to 2010, unprecedented
opportunities to the common citizen to manifest the “American Dream.” Every resident
enjoys the choices of “Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of happiness.”
How do you define the American
Dream? Basically, it allows average
citizens to enjoy higher education, greater choices and fulfillment of their personal goals. Those aspirations allow farm boys to play in
the New York Philharmonic, or a Texas kid to sing the National Anthem in Yankee
Stadium, or a poor black girl like Oprah Winfrey to become a movie star,
fabulously rich and the host of the Oprah Show.
She educates and enlightens millions around the world. It allows inner-city ghetto kids like O.J.
Simpson to gain stardom, money and a mega-wealthy home—only to sit in prison
for his transgressions.
It allows men like Bernie Madoff
to rise to astonishing wealth only to fall into disgrace and prison. The American Dream allows a poor white kid
like Abe Lincoln to rise to the presidency as well as an illegitimate black kid
like Barack Obama to sit in the White House in 2010. The American Dream allows anyone with fortitude,
integrity, drive and creative talents to chase their dreams.
example: how could a poor boy step off the farm in the 1950s, graduate from
college, become a teacher, and move on to live a life of adventure? How could he jump on a bicycle and ride it
100,000 miles across six continents and seven times coast-to-coast across
America? How could a kid enjoy such an
amazing life that Marco Polo or Captain Cook would envy? How could he write 10 books with more on the
way? How could he speak up against his
own government and fight for what’s right and not get thrown into political prison? I don’t know, but I am that kid. I must pinch myself because it all gets down
to the luck of my birth and country of origin.
look around the planet, you will not see the “Indian Dream” ; “China Dream” ; “Mexican
Dream” ; “Bangladesh Dream” or “African Dream.”
In those places—poverty, death, disease, famine, few choices and a
pretty unfortunate life experience await many human beings.
that matter in my 40 years of world travel, only about 15 countries allow their
citizens the ability to make enough money to travel the planet. The rest of humanity scratches out a living.
am willing to bet, that for the United States, the American Dream will turn out
to be a brief fantasy in the history of our country, ending circa 2010 or so. Our own leaders bankrupted our government,
defrauded future generations with $13 trillion in debt, forced us into useless
and immoral wars like Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan; they
sold the American people downstream by shipping our entire manufacturing
foundation and mercantile goods to other countries. We suffer a mind-numbing 41.8 million
Americans subsisting on food stamps. Another 15 million stand in unemployment
lines and seven million cannot procure a full time job.
Our country and its citizens morph into a
welfare state. Personal accountability
and personal responsibility—die in the schools of America where Black, White
and Hispanic kids flunk out of high school at 7,000 per day—over 1.2 million
annually. A record 72 percent of black
teens give birth to children without fathers—and live off the backs of
taxpaying Americans—without giving it a second thought as they birth two, three
and more babies.
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread
winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false
notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your
" — Isaac Asimov
American Dream dead? I submit that it staggers
on life-support and the final diagnosis may prove unfortunate.
Charleston Tea Party writer
KC said, “We have created a new definition of “The American Dream”. It
has nothing to do with values and principles, but has everything to do with “stuff”.
Is the goal an accumulation of possessions? If that’s the case, then our nation
of bureaucratic welfare recipients should be the happiest, most fulfilled
people the world has ever produced. Instead Prozac,
valium and therapists abound. Suicide is an epidemic and we are engaged
in major sociological soul searching to find fulfillment in this wealthy but
As I learned in my travels—as
human numbers climb into the millions and billions in any civilization, human
options diminish and degrade. As human
numbers grow—options and freedoms shrink.
As human numbers accelerate, everything degrades from standard of living
to quality of life. And, once enormous
populations manifest—everyone lives in tense toleration, intimidation and
diminished opportunities. Can this
country survive the next added 100 million Americans manifesting via
immigration within 25 years?
Bill Moyers asked the question to write Isaac Asimov, “What happens to the
idea of the dignity of the human species if population growth continues at its
“It will be completely destroyed,” said Asimov. “I will use what I call my
bathroom metaphor. Two people live in an apartment and there are two bathrooms,
then both have the freedom of the bathroom. You can go to the bathroom anytime
you want, and stay as long as you want, for whatever you need. Everyone
believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the
Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no
matter how much every person believes in the freedom of the bathroom, there is
no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at
the door, "Aren't you through yet?" and so on.
“The same way democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot
survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more
people into the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It
doesn't matter if someone dies. The more people there are the less one
From my world traveling perspective, the American Dream will not survive what’s
In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, “Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls
Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG
graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes
to see for yourself:
“Immigration by the numbers—off the chart” by Roy Beck
This 10 minute demonstration shows Americans the results of
unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future
generations: in a word “Mind boggling!” www.NumbersUSA.org