Young adults, age 18 to 34, are most likely to feel the dream is unattainable, with 63% saying it's impossible. This age group has suffered in the wake of the Great Recession, finding it hard to get good jobs.
Some 63% of all Americans said most children in the U.S. won't be better off than their parents. This dour view comes despite most respondents, 54%, feeling they are better off than their own parents.
Is the American dream that we are better off than our parents? Is the American dream our end result? The answer is no. The American dream is not about the end but it is about opportunity. Here is a definition.
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "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.
The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
That is the American dream, that I have opportunity. The American dream is about the journey. The American has been led to believe the American dream is not opportunity, but the immediate results. The American dream is comprised of success and failure. If a failure occurs, the American dream does not say it is now societies, the communities or the government’s responsibility to take care of you but that you the individual have the opportunity to try and try again.
Yes, the American dream has never been about results but the opportunity for the individual to try to achieve their dream, regardless of what that dream might be. The American dream dies a little every time another government program is established to do something for the citizen that the citizen could and should do for himself. The American dream dies a little every time another regulation is imposed to make innovation and entrepreneurship more difficult. The American dream is dependent upon a free, self-reliant and independent citizenry. The American dream dies a little with every single government check issued to a capable citizen and every time a regulation is issued to restrict the citizenry. Is it any wonder people believe the American dream is dead?