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American Dream

Will We Have Another?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

In spite of legitimate concerns about where the country stands now, we are unequivocal in the opinion that it is still the best country standing. There are opportunities for improvement, but the nation is rebuilding itself from a position of strength rather than one of weakness.

Needed: A Better Story for America

Terry Newell | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

If leading is meaning-making, those who aspire to leadership have work to do. We need a story that helps us make sense of the realities we face, calls upon core values that bind us together, engages our best efforts and our collective sacrifice.

Endless Cycle of Inequality

Han Bin Lee | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Han Bin Lee

As an immigrant, I remember the intense discrimination faced by non-white individuals after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Clouds of fear, hatred and injustice overshadowed the U.S.

Vampires, Werewolves, Fairy Tales & Succubi

Miller Hudson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Denver
Miller Hudson

Recent TV programming and box office blockbusters show a land office business underway in fantasy. There has to be some correspondence between the tenor of 21st century American life and this public fascination with entirely fictional worlds.

The Nation that Always Perseveres

Brooks Henne | Posted 08.06.2012 | Teen
Brooks Henne

Americans have had to face tumultuous times throughout the history of their country. But Americans have overcome each of these struggles, despite how difficult they may have been.


Stephen Bushey | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Stephen Bushey

Though some may say that Americans are faced with limited opportunity set by social and economic barriers, Americans have and always will share the experience of limitless opportunity.

The Country of Successful Failures

Marilyn Yang | Posted 08.04.2012 | Teen
Marilyn Yang

In America, success isn't necessarily acquiring an initial goal. Oftentimes, success does not even appear to be success; failure is sometimes the catalyst of success or even success itself.

Breakfast With Elizabeth Warren, a Teacher

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

We need more teachers -- not just in the classroom, but in Congress.

What Happened to the Chamber I Once Knew?

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Money like that gives the chamber real power, but I believe the American Dream is more powerful. I think most voters will see that real jobs, real growth, and real innovation will do more for their communities than the chamber's obstruction.

Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

How revealing was his recent Liberty University commencement speech, in which he describes the dreams and challenges we all face as "ambitions fulfilled, ambitions disappointed ... investments won, investments lost ... elections won, elections lost."

Why Amateurs Reach The Top In America

Debra Ollivier | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

In Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, author Jack Hitt contends that the Golden Age of American amateurism is far from over. On the contrary, the amateur's dream is the American dream.

The Don't-Defer-Your-Life Approach to Financial Planning

Irvin G. Schorsch III | Posted 07.24.2012 | Money
Irvin G. Schorsch III

Too many people postpone what they really want to do until an undefined time in the future when they feel they can finally afford it. But what if "someday" never comes?

Modern Happiness: Springsteen and the American Dream

Craig Werner | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
Craig Werner

Lyrically, many of Bruce Springsteen's songs seem to cover secondary motivation, especially with ideas like the American Dream, which is a society-based theme.

Hanging on to America

Paul Ratner | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Paul Ratner

Whenever I'm in one of its in-between spaces, I feel the fragility of the American ideal. The ideal, not the cynicism, is why we came here. The America of the middle is worth hanging on to with everything we've got.

What's My Place In These Troubling Times?

Nancy Alvarez | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Alvarez

Because of the sudden death of a friend a few months ago, I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about what really matters to me in life, as well as how I spend the hours in every one of my days. At my age, in this time, what is my place in this troubling world?

The American Dream -- Then and Now

Kevin Jennings | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Kevin Jennings

Stories like mine are becoming more and more unusual in America in 2012. Sixty five percent of Americans who are born into the lowest income quintile (like I was) spend their entire lives in one of the two lowest income quintiles.

Money, Money, Money

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

If we spend our borrowed time here on earth striving for upward mobility or trinkets of success and abundance, then we have missed the boat. Chasing money is a surefire path to loneliness, depression and emptiness.

Renewing the American Dream

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 07.04.2012 | Chicago
Tammy Duckworth

As a nation, we face incredible challenges right now. People are struggling to find jobs, pay their bills and make a better life for their children. When folks tell me about struggling to put food on the table, I understand because I've been there.

Retelling The American 'Kingdom of God' Story In Parables

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 07.04.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

The American Church is called to speak through the power of stories -- mirrored in bold and creative action -- to transform our sociopolitical context for the greater inclusion of all people in the American Dream.

What's Really Behind the War on Women

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.02.2012 | Women
Toni Nagy

The more alienated we feel from each other, the easier we are to manipulate and distract.

Civic Illiteracy: A Threat to the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

The effects of civic illiteracy take their toll over time, and while Americans are almost defiantly indifferent about their lack of civic understanding, the consequences to our basic rights and freedoms and the general health of our republic could be dire.

Law-enforcement Leaders Agree: State Anti-immigrant Laws Encourage Discrimination

Ali Noorani | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Ali Noorani

At its heart, America is an idea, not an ideology. And the idea that all men (and women) are created equal is unique to America. Once we allow law enforcement to ask someone for identification because they look less equal, the idea of America weakens.

11th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

At a time when we've become so cynical, it's refreshing to attend the annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, which celebrate individuals who have contributed to the American experience in various realms

American Dream 2.0: A Silicon Valley Entrepreneur's Take on Hope

Jonathan Chin | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago
Jonathan Chin

It took me getting invited to Chicago and imagining my grandfather coming there to reexamine the concept of the American dream. These tough economic times have driven many people to forget or even to mock it.

Retelling The American 'Kingdom Of God' Story

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

How and whether the American Church is involved in shaping the American Dream story -- the American "Kingdom of God" story -- is noteworthy during the election season.