Friday, July 26, 2013

The Original American Dream Was Not About Getting Rich

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/original-american-dream-was-not-about-getting-rich

Our nation was formed because our founding fathers wanted to escape the clutches of British royalty and nobility.

By Thom Hartmann
July 24, 2013

This week, the British royal family welcomed its newest member, when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby boy.

And while the baby boy may not realize it now, he’s been born into a family of extraordinary wealth and status.

While their positions are mostly ceremonial today, Prince William, Kate and the rest of the British royals still represent nobility, the same nobility that our founding fathers fought to escape from nearly 250 years ago.

When George Washington and the rest of our nation’s founding fathers first stepped foot on American soil, their wealth was nothing compared to that of European royalty.

In fact, America didn’t have a millionaire until the middle of the George Washington administration.
Our nation was formed because our founding fathers wanted to escape the clutches of British royalty and nobility, and build a nation that was free to govern itself and thrive on its own, without royal dictatorship.

That’s why, time and time again, there have been efforts made to control royalty and nobility in America. From Lincoln’s land-grant colleges, to Roosevelt and Taft’s trust-busting, and FDR’s new deal, the goal of America has always been to ensure that everyone has an equal chance at living a happy and comfortable life.

In fact, while the Mitt Romney’s and Donald Trump’s of the world – who each inherited millions from daddy - may argue otherwise, the real American Dream isn’t about being a billionaire business man or mega-rich oil tycoon. It’s about being a part of a flourishing middle-class, which allows you to live comfortably your entire life until you die.

And, for many years, Americans thrived under this vision of the American Dream. Forty years ago, a strong and stable middle-class was a reality in our country.

But everything changed when Reagan came to Washington, and as a result, nobility is alive and well in the United States.

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