Thursday, April 7, 2011

The American Dream

I live in California.....and California is broke.
No Bread...
So the good people of California have elected Jerry Brown to 'govern' them. He's done it once before...
Lets just say..... I'm not a fan.
Lets just say it.
JB wants to have a special election to raise taxes. He wanted it to happen in June, but the GOP won't hear of it so now he has decided to push the 'special election' back until September. Maybe he thinks someone will die or change their mind...
I'm not going to go into all the political mumbo jumbo and how I feel about it...
What I do want to address though, is today's newsworthy statement from good ol' JB about wanting to give us Californians The American Dream.
Of course he NEVER specifies what he means by that.
 The American Dream. THE AmeriCan Dream- theamERicandream... sheesh!
Maybe he means that because we are Americans we can dream? Or it is a Dream that we are Americans? Or We are Dreamy Americans...
...anyway you cut that statement it stinks.
Who is he to say what the American Dream is?
Your Dream and my Dream might be polar opposites.
Maybe I don't have a Dream.
Maybe I have my Dream already and don't want anyone to try and take it away.
Maybe I want to get my own Dream with out any bogus help from some second rate hack of a Governor.

Early in the history of America the 'Dream' was Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's in the Constitution (and that evidently is open for debate now nearly 200 years later).
Then the Dream was for for open land- a place to call your own. Fifty acres and a Mule ( if you were one of the lucky few).

With over 10% unemployment in California, (and that is only counting the ones that are accepting Federal or State assistance. Anyone not 'official', (and there are legions of them), don't get counted, ) maybe the Dream is simply to have steady work. That is my Dream.

So what I'd like to know is what do you think The American Dream is these days?