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American Dream

Is the American Dream Still Worth It?

Toni Feldstein | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Toni Feldstein

I'd like us to ask ourselves if our quality of life and our level of fulfillment are as good as we had hoped it would be, or if instead we are letting ourselves be ruled by greed vs. goodness and compassion toward others.

American Dream or Fantasy?

Nelson Davis | Posted 12.18.2012 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

If you expect the government to somehow guarantee that you'll have a better life than your parents, own a home or be promoted to vice president of a giant corporation, that is more fantasy than a dream.

Dehumanizing Profits: Business 101

Nick Bassill | Posted 12.16.2012 | Business
Nick Bassill

We are becoming cogs in a machine, engineered to control the decisions of us all through advertising and promotions, to get our money through our purchases, and then, as we lose our jobs and businesses, become unwilling consumers to corporate and foreign interests.

Planning the American Dream

Richard V. Reeves | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Richard V. Reeves

The debates over social mobility will rage between and within the main political parties. But they should do so on firmer ground. The nuts and bolts of congressional and government machinery make poor copy for soaring campaign speeches. But the American Dream sorely needs some planning.

The American Dream?

Bob McKinnon | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Bob McKinnon

Until we can have a deeper and more nuanced conversation about what makes the American Dream not just possible but probable, we will continue to hear mentions of things like Big Bird as political punch lines.

Reframing America's Debate

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

How are the people doing? What are the needs of different groups of Americans? What does the nation owe its citizens in this time of crisis? Are we a happy family or a dysfunctional one?

Andre Cymone's American Dream

Ginnie Love | Posted 12.10.2012 | Arts
Ginnie Love

Encouraging all artists and fellow American's to use their creative talents to express their voice and elicit change Cymone sets a precedent hoping to encourage others not only to vote but to take an active part in creating the future.

The Messy Majesty of America

Farai Chideya | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Farai Chideya

When we are in the throes of another election year, and we feel the need to retreat to our false sense of aloneness, let us remember we are part of a grand experiment. Compared to the cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the American admixture is still wet clay.

Growing Up to Be President

Grant Calder | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Grant Calder

Today's students seem less influenced by their parents' experiences than by the fact that the nation has been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost as long as they can remember, and by years of recession and fitful recovery.

Grand Illusion: Mobility, Inequality, and the American Dream

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

The United States now finds itself at a crossroads: still fervently committed to the American dream, but unwilling to adopt policies that would promote its realization. Put simply, Republicans and Democrats alike want something they cannot have.

Deferred Action Leaves Some Behind and in Limbo

Beth Caldwell, Joel Medina, and Erin Siegal | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Beth Caldwell, Joel Medina, and Erin Siegal

"I have to wait here for 20 years before I can apply for the waiver," Ramos said. "And it all depends if they want to accept my application." By the time she's eligible for re-entry into the United States, her children will be adults.

America Needs A New Econo-Theology

Serene Jones | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Serene Jones

The so-called "rags to riches" stories remain popular in the American imagination because they mesh well with other cherished aspects of our national identity. If these ideals were ever true, however, in 2012 they must be recognized as myths.

Beijing! Washington!

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Frank H. Wu

I am convinced by a myth. It is our ideal that anyone who comes to the New World can become an equal member of our society.

Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

You Can Still Make It... If You Know Where To Live

Marcus Baram | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Marcus Baram

The American dream may be more out of reach, but it's not impossible to achieve.

11 Years After 9/11 - It's time to Choose Trust Over Fear

Christine Pelosi | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It's time. After 11 long years it's time for us to return to where we were in those first few moments after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and choose t...

Clinton Agrees, Equity IS the Superior Growth Model

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.10.2012 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

We are undergoing a dramatic demographic transformation in which the very same racial and ethnic groups that have been most excluded are now driving our population growth, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The American Dream

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

On June 14, I spoke at a naturalization ceremony. In that brief moment, and since, I have been able to reflect on what the oath that was taken by those people from 33 different nations means to me, someone that was lucky enough to be born an American citizen.

Passports, Political Rhetoric and Constructions of American-ness

Melissa Blanco Borelli | Posted 11.10.2012 | Latino Voices
Melissa Blanco Borelli

Michelle Obama's speech can serve to wake us up from the "American Dream" to an American reality where talented Americans inspire us to materialize an America where respect for diversity and facts, supersede illusions put forth by out of touch politicians.

Courage Is Like Love: It Must Have Hope To Nourish It

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

To face the future with courage we must believe that we have the power, the resolve, the tolerance to contribute to a world that we and our children will want to live in.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #33, Embodiment of the American Dream

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Barack Obama is unquestionably the embodiment of the American Dream. He was a middle-class kid raised by a single mom from Kansas, with the help of a grandfather who fought in Patton's army and a Native American grandmother who served on a World War II bomber assembly line.

Michelle Obama's Eleanor and Oprah Moment

Adam Hanft | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Adam Hanft

There was no talk of "how." That will be left to those later in the week, including her husband, who will lay out the policy prescriptions for job creation and deficit reduction and the roadmap to a vibrant economic future. This was a speech about "why."

How Obama Should Respond To Romney On Jobs

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Mitt Romney has said that this election is about one thing: jobs. If I were drafting President Obama's convention speech, here's how I would re-frame and respond.

American Dream Family Lore of DNC Keynote Speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Rings True

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Mayor Castro's family lore rings true. His grandmother, with a family tree extending back to Coahuila and Zacatecas, came here as a young girl and was taken in by relatives.

Jason Linkins

Tales Of Woe Are Part Of Republican Convention's Show: HuffPost List | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

Before we forget about Tampa, let's take a journey way back to 1956, when the National Broadcasting Company aired a "reality" television show so dead-...