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Do you the American Dream destroyed America?

Do you think so? Despite the fact that the idea is a great one that everyone should have a shot at fortune, I think the Americans took it to a dangerous notch.

When I was in the U.S. there was a really no sense of unity, it was everyone for themselves. I'm talking about even among family members. Nobody cares about anyone else just how they will get rich and if they had to bulldoze their way through to get to it then so be it. What do you think?

by Anonymousreply 2202/26/2013

I blame it on those damn immigrants, OP.

Oh wait, we're all immigrants.

by Anonymousreply 102/25/2013

I agree with the op. I want to move far, far away.

by Anonymousreply 202/25/2013

[quote]Do you the American Dream destroyed America?

no idea, but clearly bad education and sloppy editing can destroy the best of intentions.

by Anonymousreply 302/25/2013

America is and was the dumping ground for the world's worst people.

by Anonymousreply 402/25/2013

The "American Dream" wasn't American at all. It was first pioneered in New Zealand in the 1860s. It was a socialist dream.

America's turn to the right actually happened on the left, when John F. Kennedy was elected president and they began cutting taxes for the rich and reorienting society around destructive competition.

by Anonymousreply 502/26/2013

Fractional Reserve Banking destroyed the USA.

by Anonymousreply 602/26/2013

Nonsense R6. America was far wealthier in 1960 than in 1914.

by Anonymousreply 702/26/2013

When was America destroyed.

by Anonymousreply 802/26/2013

The American dream as the house, the car, and the quarter acre was strictly a post World War II phenomenon, based on the easy credit used in New Zealand and Australia by labor governments. The USA in the 1930s was a place where you had to put 50% down and pay your mortgage off in three years, a place for the rich. We had more cars than other countries, but in every other measure of human development, we were a bit laggard. People were eating dirt and dying of pellagra on a routine basis.

by Anonymousreply 902/26/2013

America is still basically John Wayne, even now when we're at our worst badass/drunk/retching/hungover. But the rest of the world knows we always come through despite our hating our own country and just about everybody in it.

by Anonymousreply 1002/26/2013

I am sorry, but I have a very strong sense of unity. I care and help out my family, friends and strangers. I may not have much, but I will help out when I can. I just paid a friends electric bill to help them out yesterday. I am currently having my cousins teenage son live with me to help him get through school. Are some people selfish? Yup, sure they are. In general though, I think we come together in times of trouble.

by Anonymousreply 1102/26/2013

Of course r11 feels the need to brag about his good deeds. As if any of it can be proven.

by Anonymousreply 1202/26/2013

[quote]The "American Dream" wasn't American at all. It was first pioneered in New Zealand in the 1860s. It was a socialist dream

R5 & R9 - Don't try and blame New Zealandand Australia for the fucking mess you guys have made of your country!

by Anonymousreply 1302/26/2013

We aren't R13, we're just pointing out that historically the "American Dream" is a misnomer on a foreign phenomenon.

by Anonymousreply 1402/26/2013

Completely untrue R16.

Most immigrants REGRETTED their choice in the late nineteenth century.

by Anonymousreply 1702/26/2013

Okay r12 What can I do to prove it to you? It's sad to think the things I do for friends and family are unbelievable. My cousin has a 15 year old son, and recently had a 18 month old girl that has been diagnosed with autism and a 3 year old son. She is overwhelmed and the 15 year old is suffering. I am single, no children so I offered to take him in as I can offer him all the time and attention he needs. As for the friend I helped, it's a friend I met working with at a drag club many many years ago. He and his boyfriend have fallen on hard times and were going to have their power shut off, I paid it. So what...I would do that for any friend.

by Anonymousreply 1802/26/2013

No, GWB did.

by Anonymousreply 1902/26/2013

In the 30's America adopted antipodean socialism and called it "The American Dream". From the 70's onwards America's elite set about systematically destroying that "nanny state" not only in America but also in Australia and New Zealand. You guys have no idea of the ducking and weaving we have had to do to keep some semblance of our old egalitarian ways. Right now the American Right are funding the conservatives here and using the media to run a destabalising campaign.

by Anonymousreply 2002/26/2013

r17,mine sure didn't regret the choice to come here. Have you done extensive research and interviewed millions of families on how their ancestors felt about coming here in the 19th century?

by Anonymousreply 2102/26/2013

I confess to being a Canadian. A friend of mine, whose dream was to live and work in the States (and who I would say is definitely centre right), said exactly the same thing: it is in the DNA of the country that the individual, in the end, is responsible for himself. He was amazed at the resistance to the collective and the begrudging nature of what collectivism there was. He left the States quite disillusioned and wound up working in Germany.

by Anonymousreply 2202/26/2013
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