Donald Trump and The American Dream

trumpdreamThe question in this meme implies that the American Dream has gone missing. I couldn’t agree more with that particular sentiment.

But the quoted answer is an attempt to highlight the stupidity of the candidate. I don’t think it accomplishes that very well. Mostly because there are far better examples of his stupidity to use than this quick answer in a public forum.

But partly because the American Dream, or more accurately, the successes that the American Dream is modeled after, aren’t the result of policy.

What is the American Dream and where has it gone?

From Google:

American Dream
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.

But this is only part of the picture. The definition above is the a categorical description of what it takes for continual economic growth and besides the requirements already listed, large and ever increasing amounts of cheap energy are key to making the equation work.

Trump cannot answer intelligently on the subject because that would require revealing that the American Dream can not be brought back in any way, shape or form because the cheap energy is gone. Or maybe he doesn’t have the faintest clue about what really made America, “exceptional,” and bullshitted his way out of it.

This meme must die because you cannot highlight somebody’s stupidity based on a bullshit answer to a bullshit question.

The ideology of those that love the Trump is predicated upon the idea that the American Dream is not only alive but would be super charged if we could somehow get the government and its regulations out of the way of free trade, individual freedom and the, “magic hand,” of the market.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

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