The United States has been blessed more than any other nation in modern times. Among the reasons this has been true is because of our Constitution, its amendments known as the Bill of rights, and our free enterprise economy. Take any of these away and our nation will become a second-rate nation. No other economic system in other nations has come close to what has been achieved by way of our free enterprise. It has been proven time and time again that regardless of a person’s race or social background an individual can accomplish worthwhile goals if he or she has determination.
The concept of “the American Dream” includes the personal opportunity to prosperity and success, and advancing socially through determination and hard work. The definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931 was expressed by him as follows: "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
By way of the free enterprise the individual citizen has been willing to pursue their dreams in all earnest. Many sacrificed and worked hard to obtain an education and/or advance in their employment or business ambitions. Those who were satisfied in just getting by were not willing to work hard to improve their status. If America turns away from the free enterprise system that has made our nation great it will decline and cease being the greatest nation in modern times.
America has been a very generous nation unto the needy in our nation and in many other areas of the world. However, a bad economy and inflation will hinder its ability to help the needy. The free enterprise has worked well for our nation in the past. I fear that the American Dream has for many Americans become an illusion rather than a reality. Still you and I, as individuals, should be determined to pursue our worthwhile goals in life.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. Presently he serves as full-time evangelist for the Pittsburg Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)