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As we gear up for another Independence Day, many people take time to reflect on America and what makes it great. When you think about it, we do have a pretty neat country. In spite of all of our flaws, we typically try to do the right thing. It may take us a while to get there, but we get there eventually. What drives Americans? What spark fires our imaginations and makes us take chances in the hopes of finding a better way?

Porn.

Actually, it’s the American Dream. Depending on who you ask, the American Dream is either alive and well, dead and dying, or never existed in the first place because of the aforementioned flaws. The first two conditions are often politically-motivated, but that last one tends to be a foundational concept of the Left. Instead of accentuating the positive, they obsess over the negative and paint a picture of our country so bleak even Sylvia Plath painting a still life in a dark basement would seem like Up With People.

So, let’s dip our patriotic tootsies into the waters of the American Dream.

the American Dream

What Leftists think it means – an impossible-to-achieve ideal that seeks to whitewash America’s multiple flaws while giving people false hope

What it really means – an ideal that inspires people to dare to be great

In spite of the Left trying to make America look like the Bizarro World version of the Emerald City, people from all over the world still want to come here, as millions of others before them did.  Whether they were coming to start a new life, get experience, escape oppression, or just because their calendars were free, those immigrants wanted to be here. That’s not by accident, folks. That was because of, for lack of a better term, the American Dream.

Trying to nail down what the American Dream means is trickier than arm wrestling an octopus because it’s different for everyone and linked to the times in which we live. In the 1950s, the American Dream was a house, white picket fence, two cars in the garage, and kids and a dog. In the 1960s, the American Dream was a reduction in racial discrimination. The 1970s gave us an American Dream that included first wave feminism and a focus on the self. (Oh, and a lot of cocaine.) The 1980s showed us an American Dream of patriotism, success in the business world, and family values. (Oh, and a lot more cocaine.)

When we got to the 1990s, the American Dream shifted away from what we experienced in the 1980s. At that time, it went from thinking long term to living in the moment. We needed stuff and we needed it now! And it hasn’t gotten much better since then. Today’s American Dream might be getting a brand new iPhone when they become available in, oh, 3 minutes, or maybe it’s to become a YouTube star, or maybe it’s just having the Starbucks barista get your triple shot low fat soy milk caramel macchiato at just the right temperature. Dream big, I always say!

Even though the American Dream has changed, the heart of it remains. Whether we strive for the house and family or the perfect cup of coffee, we know it’s out there. All we need to do is believe we can find it and put in the work to make it happen. That’s what makes it such an attractive concept to so many, including your humble correspondent. At the turn of the 20th Century, America became home to people who had similar aspirations and drive. We were (and still are) a nation built on exploration and pushing ourselves to our limits, all for the shot of making it. From Plymouth Rock to New York City, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

You know, that would be a great idea for a song! Let’s get someone on that right away!

Until the money starts rolling in from that totally original idea, I will continue to look for ways to live my concept of the American Dream, and I encourage all of you reading this to do the same. And don’t forget to appreciate the freedom we have to live our dreams.

Happy Independence Day!

America the Awesome

Independence Day came…and the Left decided to make it a great day to run down the United States. They took to Twitter and started a hashtag to talk about how America wasn’t all that great. They aired so many grievances I was wondering if I’d missed Festivus this year.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the equation, Donald Trump has been running with a slogan “Make America Great Again.” This slogan resonates with a lot of people because it hearkens back to a time when we could walk the walk that comes with being the most powerful country in the world. If only we could find a way to get back to those days when men were men and women were men and everybody was really confused, America would be…great again.

So, where am I in this dichotomy? If the title doesn’t give it away, let me tell you. I feel America is awesome for a lot of reasons. But before I run down a few of them, let me take a slight detour.

The #AmericaWasNeverGreat crowd misses the point. America is a nation of men and women, and as such, it will never be perfect. But to focus on the laundry list of ways we aren’t perfect is like being mad at Baskin Robbins for having only 30 of its 31 flavors when you visit. Even if your favorite flavor is out, there are plenty of other options that are just as tasty. To ignore the great things America has done and continues to do is to cut off your nose to spite your hashtag.

The #MakeAmericaGreatAgain crowd is closer to the truth, but still isn’t quite there. They recognize America did some great stuff, but they see our best days as long past and long for a day (and a leader) who can tap into the way we used to be. If that were what we needed, we could just clone Ronald Reagan. (You know, that’s not a bad idea, really…) The problem I have with this approach is similar to the problem I have with the hashtag hosers referenced above: they don’t necessarily see the great things America is doing today.

And that’s where my option comes in. I don’t deny America hasn’t always been the best in the world, but on the whole, we do pretty well. And it’s going on all around us.

Forget the oft-cited World Health Organization report where America’s health care system was ranked 37th in the world. America is the home of one of the best medical facilities in the world, the Mayo Clinic. Not to mention, America is the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And who often leads the world in AIDS research and funding?

That’s right. We do.

And where do some of the world’s best and brightest go to school? MIT, Cal Tech, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Stanford…all American.

If your academic pursuits are limited to a multi-year study on the strength of red Solo cups, America is your place, too!

It can’t be a coincidence so many foreigners want to come here for reasons other than academics or partying, either. America still represents a beacon for people from all over to come here, learn from us, and make us stronger as a result. And, failing that, not to suck too badly while they’re here. You see people lining up to go to Cuba? Nope, and they have “free” health care!

And here’s a quick little tip for you Leftists supporting the #AmericaWasNeverGreat hashtag. Social media pretty much began in America. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tinder, all based in the U. S. of A, kids. And if you’re using an iPhone, guess what? Apple started here, too!

Now, before you say, “Well, I’ll just switch to an Android device,” think again. Android started…here.

From pop music to science, America is awesome at just about everything it does. Even at the stuff we don’t want to lead in, such as childhood obesity rates, we totally kick ass! But if you’re still not convinced, here’s one more example.

If a no-talent exhibitionist and her equally no-talent “rap artist” husband can make millions merely for being famous while displaying their lack of talent, anyone can make it here in America.

Game, set, and match, bitches.