What happened to the American Dream?

Is the American Dream becoming her nightmare?


Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness property were once major components of a widely held American dream. We were to be in control of our own lives, with liberty to pursue by lawful means whatever we desired — not to have it provided by a benign, all-knowing and increasingly powerful Government and not to be told how, where or when we were to be allowed to pursue it.

With increasing power, Government and media can mold our individual dreams to the extent that those counter to the prevailing culture become adulterated. Whose dreams do they then become? 

Is it still our land?

If not, whose land is it? Can we perhaps renew our efforts to take it back? Or is it no longer worth the effort?

About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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9 Responses to What happened to the American Dream?

  1. bliffle says:

    I’m more concerned of the corporate monopolies, in 2014, than the government oppressors. The last 40 years unaccountable commercial monopolies have replaced the feds as the big threat. At least with government idiots we always had the vote, but we have NO vote with corporate BoDs, so we’re doomed when they take over government through “Campaign Contributions” , i.e., bribes.

  2. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  3. Tom Carter says:

    The second video, comparing Texas to California, is excellent. Everything here is not as perfectly free as implied, but it’s a heck of a lot better than any other state I’ve lived in.

  4. MaddMedic says:

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word… and commented:
    It has been stolen….

  5. Bradley Laing says:

    Mark Steyn gained my eternal distaste when he wrote in 2006 that “Hollywood is being kept afloat by Brit lit, and may someday be replaced by something else.”

    Hollywood is being kept afloat by hour long police procedural shows being shown in syndication in the US, and then all over the world. In fact, that is the main cultural product of big entertainment companies. That “Asylum Watch,” that you linked to, takes him seriously is not surprising. But I already waded thought four years of conservative articles about the film and TV industry, and know that he is incoherent.

  6. Bradley Laing says:

    Remember when in movies when a man and a woman were getting hot and bothered on a bed, the male actor had to keep one foot on the floor. Remember when four letter words were taboo in radio or television? Young people today would laugh out loud at the morals and mores of the 50′s. And, God? Don’t be silly.

    —The New York State Film Censorship Board was being criticsed in 1918 as being too lax. One thing I would like to know is if, between 1918 and 1952 when the courts took away the censorship power of the Board they losened the standards to let things through in 1951 that were unaccpetable in 1918, when they were accused obeing to lax.

  7. Mike says:

    If not Now, When? If not Here, Where? If not Us, Who?

  8. Bradley Laing says:

    Everything you said is a repeat of the 1964 campaign film “Choice,” created to elect Barry Goldwater.

    • bliffle says:

      I campaigned for Goldwater in 1964, and was a member of the YAF and the YR. Also a charter subscriber to NR.

      As far as I’m concerned the conservative movement was betrayed from inside by greedy business interests only concerned with increasing their wealth, not with keeping a Free America and increasing conservative access throughout the population.

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