The American Dream

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The American Dream “The potential to work for an honest, secure way of life and save for the future” (King573). This is the definition of the American Dream in Brandon King’s words. The issue is, whether or not the American dream is still alive today. In the three sources, “Hiding from Reality” by Bob Herbert, “Is the American Dream Over?” by Cal Thomas, and “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?” by Brandon King, the authors debate whether this dream is still alive in today’s society. Bob Herbert thinks that with the economy, recession, and school system that the American dream is over until we can change. On the other hand, Cal Thomas thinks that there is a way to attain the “original” American dream. Lastly, Brandon King goes into detail on how this American dream is “more alive and important than ever”(King573). In the following essay, I will explain the relationship between the authors’ different views. “However you want to define the American dream, there is not much of it that’s left anymore”(Herbert564). This statement made by Herbert clearly states what side this author is on. But what does he really believe about the American dream? Herbert, in his short story “Hiding from Reality” explains what America is doing wrong and what we need to do to fix it. Herbert begins by talking about the economy and how we need to make it stronger. His view is that we need to stop wasting our money on war because we are still recovering: “We have neither the will nor the common sense to either raise taxes to pay for the wars, of stop fighting them”(Herbert565). The last point made by Herbert is about the direction in which our school system is going. He explains that the school system used to be up to par and that the “United States understood the importance of educating its young people and led the way in compulsory public schooling”(Herbert565). According to

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