Go back through decades of American history and you will find one theme repeatedly emerge.
Whether it be on the East or West coast, Manhattan or San Francisco, Seattle or Boston, individuals across the world migrate to the United States in hopes of a better life, the American Dream.
In the nineteenth century, the Chinese referred to the United States as the “gold mountain,” whereas others simply knew this country as the “land of opportunity.”
Recently, many have questioned if that storyline, that motivation, still exists–for both immigrants and citizens.
Depressions, recessions, downsizing, changing workforce and technology make many wonder if the American Dream is alive and well.
But a new report by the Washington Examiner suggests that the American dream has been resurrected, and that “America’s long national nightmare” is over:
Three years after six in 10 Americans said their dream of a great life was unachievable, now 82 percent believe their either achieved the dream or are on their way.
“Despite persistently low levels of public satisfaction with the state of the nation, most Americans say they have achieved the ‘American dream or are on their way to achieving it. Only about one-in-five (17 percent) say the American dream is ‘out of reach’ for their family,” according to a new Pew Research Center.
Indeed, Pew found that 82% of Americans have either achieved the American Dream or believe “they are ‘on their way to achieving’ it.”
This is a dramatic shift from the Obama years.
In 2014, the majority (60%) of Americans in CNN’s American Dream project did not believe the Dream to be attainable.
That survey, among others, even predicted that future generations would suffer worse than they have.
The Atlantic provided a report recently and interviewed several Americans who suggest “the American dream is long gone. Long, long gone,” but a few suggested otherwise.
They described their American dream and how their lives are better than those in other countries:
“I am living the American dream. I have a job, a family, and my son goes to a great school, and if he works hard enough, he can have any job he wants.” — Miguel, Bernalillo, New Mexico […]
“Freedom, safety, and a good job. I have them now. Those on the other side of the fence in my backyard, living in Mexico, don’t have that. They climb into my yard and I find them hiding under my truck. They want what we have and we should be proud others want it.” —Blanca, Socorro, Texas […]
“To be able to own the things you need or want. My relatives in Mexico don’t have that. They are struggling with money and worried about safety. Here in the U.S., if you work hard enough, you can get what you need.” —Alex, Denver. Colorado […]
“Work hard and live free. Anyone can succeed and be free here if they are willing to work. My grandparents came from Syria escaping persecution. They came through Ellis Island to Arkansas, and built this store with their own hands.” —Richard Mahfouz, Dermott, Arkansas
Do you agree with this report? Do you have an American dream to share? One that you have achieved or are aspiring towards?