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Immigration: Remember the American Dream

Published by: on Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

People often talk about the “American Dream” as if there is only one and it fits into a perfectly descriptive frame:  good job, marriage, home with the ‘white picket fence’, 2.6 kids and of course a family pet.  Many people attain this version of the American Dream because it’s their dream, not because it’s what is expected of them or what government may tell them is their dream, but because that is what they want in life.  Immigrants come here from all different countries:  some seeking opportunities they cannot find in their own countries; some because they simply want to be free from the shackles of oppressive governments (communism, Marxism, socialism et al) and some simply because they wish to seek out their own American Dream.    There is no Chinese Dream, Cuban Dream, Russian Dream or Iranian Dream that people flock to.  Immigrants have been coming to America for years and there are millions still trying to get here legally (not to mention the millions of illegal immigrants).

People from all walks of life have their own version of the American Dream.  What is important to you is your dream.  What matters is that you have the freedom in America to pursue your dreams.  It doesn’t matter what your dreams are or how you plan on achieving them (unless illegally of course).   What matters is that in America you can have dreams and you can make them come true.  The same cannot be said of every country in this world.  

We are a country of immigrants who all had dreams when they arrived on our shores.  Many people were able to make them come true, others were not so fortunate.    What matters is that you have the freedom in America to pursue your dreams.   This country was founded on the dream of a better life and that dream has remained the same for so many people who come here and are born here.

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, remember the words of Thomas Paine "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."  No matter how defeated you may feel about the recent SCOTUS ruling regarding Obamacare or the massive regulations the Obama Administration is putting into place, you must still fight for freedom.  You must never falter in what this country was built upon or your American Dream.   No matter what your dreams are, you can still achieve them, and if the government is in the way you must work to change that.  We are the freest country on Earth but each day with each new law, regulation or ruling put into place by the government, we lose a little bit of that freedom.  It is only “we, the people” who can take that freedom back.  It’s amazing that the Founding Fathers and historical figures from long ago predicted what would happen if we let the government get too much control.  They knew then what many people are just figuring out now.

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - Abraham Lincoln