The American Dream
The American Dream is the ability of being able to start from the bottom and earn the things you need and want on your own. It is being able to build yourself up and have full ownership of your belongings and to know that you deserve what you have cause you worked hard enough to earn it.
I qualify the statement that America still provides access to the American Dream to the “tired, poor, and the huddled masses” because yes America provides many programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to support the needy, but there are also many people who do not have access to this help and live in poverty where they are unable to acquire the basic needs of life. In America today, with debt issues and war crisis across the world, it becomes difficult to focus on issues such as poverty.
People began to lose their foundation, being the American Dream. Studs Terkle shows the world the inhumanity Roberto Acuna was put through in his writing, “Roberto Acuna Talks About Farm Workers. ” He reveals the obstacles that you must pass in order to get something out of it for yourself and how hard you have to work to fully grasp the gratitude you receive out of earning your own needs and wants. On the other hand, his writing expresses the lack of governmental help. The lack of benefits these workers should receive for all that they do.
He emphasizes on the cruelties these farm workers go through to chase their own dream without the help of America. The American Dream requires the society as a whole working together to achieve greatness. American as a whole must succeed in order to accomplish this goal, it does not simply work with one hero, we must all be heroes in order to fully grasp the American Dream. In Barack Obama’s Keynote Address, he emphasizes the need for us all to contribute in order to reach our goals.
“We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America,” Obama does a great job of stressing how important it is to move together as the nation we are. We must all strive together to reach the American Dream together, with the help from our government and each other. The poor shall be offered opportunities to prosper in life and programs shall be established to continue on the prosperity between our middle and upper class.
America is missing one simple piece in this puzzle and that one piece is cooperation from every one of our citizens to either strive to be better or strive to make others better. And to prosper we must have that sense of greediness to always want something more, something bigger, something better. We must always want to strive for greatness even if we believe we already have it at our hands. As shown in “Nickle and Dimed,” Barbara Ehrenreich makes out the protagonist in her writing to always strive for something no matter how hard she has to be pushed or no matter what all she has to do to get there.
In both, “Nickle and Dimed” and “Robert Acuna Talks About Farm Workers” the writers make the main characters made out to be humble and poor, working out in unimaginable conditions and pushed to their limits. The characters are symbols to the motivation we must have to reach our American Dream, whether we have the support from our government or not. And that is what leads me to qualify this argument. We can not reach this goal on our own. We must all put in a helping hand and have the will and the want to succeed, even with the help of our government which is what we lack the majority of the time.