We dream of an America where our neighbors are like our family, where our communities are safe, happy, and full of life. In this time of struggle in our country however, for many of us that dream seems to be slipping further and further away. I find myself asking why? Why in a land that is fertile and teeming with life, with room and resources plentiful enough for everyone, are so many of my fellow countrymen and women so entrenched in destruction and despair?
For our entire lives we have been taught that is we only work hard enough we can succeed and have our every dream come true, that through our blood, sweat, and tears we can live happy fulfilled lives. But so much of our blood, sweat, and tears are spilled with little given in return.
Watching those around me grind their bodies and souls down with unrewarding work just to make ends meet seems to strike a stunning parallel to the current state of our country. So many of us give so much of ourselves in sacrifice to the mere hope the American Dream and by the time we realize that it was only ever a hope and not a reality it is often too late. The amount of elderly people living below the poverty line after working their entire lives and paying taxes in this country is nothing short of criminal.
So the question becomes, how can we utilize all of the resources that this country has to offer in order to benefit our people and not just to fill the already overflowing pockets of the wealthy and the politicians. When every American can work and earn a decent and sustainable living then this will truly be a land of plenty for people like me and you. Until then, the American dream is and will continue to be nothing but an illusion.