Posted by: Dahni | April 4, 2008

The American Dream

© 2008 04/4/08

By Dahni

What is the American Dream? We read or hear about this almost daily. There are companies and scores of products and services named after it. Political campaigns include it in slogans and speeches. Having asked this question of numerous natives, I have concluded that there may be just as many different opinions as there are people. But what is The American Dream. I will use pictures, as “a picture is worth a 1,000 words.”[i]

A great majority when asked would answer that the American Dream is the ability to have your own home. Perhaps the idyllic home complete with the white picket fence.

Home with a picket fence

The American Dream home?

Perhaps the American Dream is moving to the suberbs and living in your house with the white picket fence, right next door to someone that lives right next door to someone, that lives right next door to someone…

The Berbs

The American Dream ‘berbs’?

Along with the house it becomes necessary to pay for it and along with this, a lot of folks think the American Dream is a good job where one can one day retire and live in the home they have paid for.

The American Dream – someone’s 45 year plan for us?

Instead of working someone’s 45 year plan in their business, not a few want the American Dream to be in owning their own business.

The American Dream – your own business?

Maybe one day they will become a giant in the American Dream? As a giant, perhaps their companies will embody the American Dream?

Smokes and energy drinks?

Is the American Dream untold wealth, power and influence?

Is the American Dream a political speech or a campaign slogan that has become necessary, because we lost the American Dream?

Reclaiming the American Dream? What happened to it? Who took it? Where did it go? How do we get it back or reclaim it and…

…what is the American Dream anyway?

Is it another man’s dream?

Help I am drowning in opinions, in a sea of speculation and an endless ocean of doubt and uncertainty! Won’t someone tell me what is, The American Dream?

Pictures to the rescue (drum roll please).

We’re getting close


I wonder?

Mel Gibson had the starring role in a movie a number of years ago called, ‘BRAVEHEART.’ It was a Hollywood, make-it-up-as-you-go or artistic license was used to tell a story that was otherwise, based on actual historical events.

Gibson played William Wallace, a commoner that united the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule. In the movie towards the end, Wallace refused any pain killer before he was to be be-headed, choosing to keep his “wits” about him. After torturing him and being cursed at and mocked by the crowd, Wallace would not recant nor would he beg mercy of the King. Beaten, broken, and bruised, Wallace was tied and lashed to piece of wood. Before the ax fell ending his life, Wallace with his last remaining strength and his last breath, let out a loud cry that anyone nearby could clearly hear. Even the dying king that so desired this man’s death, while confined to his own bed,  heard the loud cry of Wallace. William Wallace screamed one single word…

…a single word whereby in 1776, another nation across the Atlantic, also cried. For this word, America fought the British. For this word, America fought among themselves, in the War of the States. For this word, America fought alongside others against mutual enemies, during two World Wars.

Today, we have perhaps forgotten what this one word is. Maybe we have taken it for granted. If it is something we can be given by government, it can be taken away. If we do not know what it is, how can we have it or reclaim it? We may live in the land of it. Government might have us believe they will make it a national issue to give it, reclaim it, measure it, monitor it and control it, but we already have it. It was a gift to all and it has already been paid for by others. We may not have as much of it as we once had. It is is up to you and I to pay for it and give it to others. We must make it our own, DAILY!

Many have fought for it. Many have lost all that they have for it. Many like William Wallace died for it.

The American dream is…


Just Imagine,



[i] It is believed that the modern use of the phrase stems from an article by Fred R. Barnard in the advertising trade journal Printers’ Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on the sides of streetcars. The December 8, 1921 issue carries an ad entitled, “One Look is Worth A Thousand Words.”


  1. Call me a cynic…

  2. 56 men with the penmanship of a poet wrote it down on a piece of paper 232 years ago.

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