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  • What does the American Dream mean to you??

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    14 posts, 8 voices, 772 views, started Oct 30, 2010

    Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2010

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      Is it:

      A. The fact that you have the opportunity to succeed if you work really hard (no matter your origins)

      B. This is the richest country in the world and can therefore provide for you and you are entitled to receive what is provided

      C. Other (please explain)

      This is meant to be a thought provoking discussion. There are no wrong answers. Please keep it nice.

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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 30, 2010
        • I’m with A on this, Annie. When my grandparents came to this country as teenagers, through Ellis Island, that’s what their families wanted. They were hard working people who wanted to be able to succeed for themselves and for generations that followed them. In their minds America was a “free” country with no limits on what they can achieve through hard work. And, my mom talks about her grandparents becoming citizens - they were so proud to be in our country.



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          Marilyn09 wrote Oct 30, 2010
        • The American Dream?
          estatic  oooh, another question that I can ramble on.

           With Americans that live in America? or what people are searching for that made them want to come to America?

           Because for one the answer would be A and for the other the answer would be B.

           For Americans that pay thousands of dollars in Taxes you expect certain things like Good Schools, Nice roads and a working 911 and healthcare system.

           For those that dont pay taxes they are more introverted in thinking, what about us? You dont give us enough to be productive. How can we live.

           Then you have the illegal immigrants that are like ‘sweet’ they will pay us to live here and its enough because we dont mind living all together in the same house, to get enough money.
          (lol, I came up with all of this without thinking much about it- just talking out my butt type of thing)



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          Tuliplady wrote Oct 30, 2010
        • I go with A.  My great grandparents came to this country with that in mind.  Not sure what kind of conditions they came from in “the old country“, but they didn’t have it so good being farmers here.  They worked hard and made enough to get by and raise families that were equally hard working.

          I’m carrying on the tradition.  I just want the FREEDOM to be able to work hard to afford the things I need and a few of the things I want.  

            I don’t care much about things like 911 or good roads or health care, I’ve done without all three most of my life.  But I don’t mind paying taxes so everyone’s children have a chance at a decent education if they‘re willing to put forth some effort and study.



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          Tuliplady wrote Oct 31, 2010
        • Oh Annie you said exactly the right word—responsibility.  We have to take responsibility for our own actions whether they result in success OR failure.  Goodness, look at how many times Henry Ford went bust before he became a success, and he took responsibility for his failures and picked himself up and went on- didn’t  have the gov’t bailing him out.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 31, 2010
        • C. other: A place where true freedom is all about.  A place where we are all in one nation.  A place where most things are advanced.  A place where we get good health care (compare to my country, pay first before you get treatment, no $, no treatment even if you are dying) A place where the worst housing is better than average housing.  A place where most people are kind hearted in general.  Also a place everyone can get a good education till high school.  A place where healthy competition is encouraged (compared to my birth place, we competed and ranked in school - not healthy.)



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          Yana Berlin wrote Oct 31, 2010
        • A

          I came to this country with my parents and my brother. $500 dollars in cash three suitcases and one couple that my parents hardly knew.  

          With hard work, determination and continues drive, my parents were able to get jobs while hardly speaking the language. I started working at 12 and haven’t stopped yet.  

          We came as refugees, and were eligible for all social programs, but we refused all of them. To us America gave us a chance to do what we always dreamed of....being free, living the life we wanted, practice the religion we were born with and for that, my family and I became the patriots that America was built on, and for that we are forever grateful.



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          Yana Berlin wrote Oct 31, 2010
        • I have tons of stories about people I know that came with nothing and became great success.

          Living in the Soviet Union was extremely difficult, people were always oppressed and unhappy. Now that Russia is not longer under the communist ruling, it’s still no picnic....people are either very rich or very poor. People that have no money can’t make it even with the desire, and hard work, because they are not given a chance and are continued being oppressed by those in power.

          No one will ever convince me that Capitalism is bad, there are flaws in everything, but it’s still the best system there is.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 1, 2010
        • Yana, THAT was the very reason people came here. Your story is truly inspiringheart



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Nov 7, 2010
        • heart I didnt read anyones posts yet for id like to give my answer first and then read please take no offence in this for none is ment.
          Im both a and c but id like to go with c.
          Its that we can have places like fab 40 as women to be ourselfs, to be heard to be honest and to raise ourselfs up. That we as people can let our voices rise and be proud of them.
          That we are not in fear of our intelligence but hold our heads high. That we impower ourselfs and those that can’t. That we reach out for the ones that hurt without fear and we speak out just not here but in so many ways.
          A: that anyone legally coming here gets all listed above and more. That nothing nor noone can or will keep u down if u choose to work and fight for what u want and believe.
          That we open our arms to u and your beliefs. And most do.
          No, matter what is wrong here and the list is long I would never want to be anything but an american because it still and pray always will stand for freedom and most of all HOPE.

          Thank you Annie, its a great time to remember why we love our country. Good, bad , and indifferent....we have the choice to change.



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Nov 7, 2010
        • heart Yana, that IS the dream!! Thank u for sharing it was beautifulheart



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