"When I was a child, we lived upon a gas station at the square in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania when my dad was in Korea. We didn’t think we were poor, we knew we didn’t have much money, but we weren’t poor. But we were Americans, therefore we were rich. We had freedom, we had a sense of safety, we believed in fair-play, we thought everybody had an equal opportunity to pursue happiness because they’d been given that by their God.” -Newt Gingrich


 This demonstrates Speaker Gingrich’s view on the American Dream. He see’s the Dream as something very simple. America provides opportunity for many. From his experience, all you need to do to accomplish your own American Dream is to persevere and take advantage of what has been given to you. As former Speaker of the House and also a Presidential Candidate for the 2012 Presidential Election, Speaker Gingrich has been entertwined with politics and government for a long time. He presents himself as an example of the American Dream and how hard work and determination will guide you on the right path.
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"When I was a child, we lived upon a gas station at the square in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania when my dad was in Korea. We didn’t think we were poor, we knew we didn’t have much money, but we weren’t poor. But we were Americans, therefore we were rich. We had freedom, we had a sense of safety, we believed in fair-play, we thought everybody had an equal opportunity to pursue happiness because they’d been given that by their God.” -Newt Gingrich


 This demonstrates Speaker Gingrich’s view on the American Dream. He see’s the Dream as something very simple. America provides opportunity for many. From his experience, all you need to do to accomplish your own American Dream is to persevere and take advantage of what has been given to you. As former Speaker of the House and also a Presidential Candidate for the 2012 Presidential Election, Speaker Gingrich has been entertwined with politics and government for a long time. He presents himself as an example of the American Dream and how hard work and determination will guide you on the right path.

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“What is it about America’s culture that’s led us to become the most powerful nation in the history of the world? Well, we believe in hard work and education. We love opportunity. Almost all of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came here for opportunity. Opportunity’s in our DNA. Americans love God, and those who don’t have faith typically believe in something greater than themself, a purpose-driven life, if you will. And we sacrifice as Americans everything we have, even our lives, for our families, for our freedoms and for our country. These values and beliefs of free American people are the source of the nation’s strength, and they always will be.” -Mitt Romney at CPAC 2008

This was a quote taken from Governor Mitt Romney’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2008. It is apparent how politics and the American Dream are so closely associated with another. Governor Romney uses the opportunity to draw on the hopes of the listeners of his speech to relate to the message he is trying to spread. The ideal of the American Dream is mentioned numerous times in the speeches of politicians when they try to emphasize that with them in power, the American Dream will rise again and be stronger than ever.

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This image demonstrates the unrest many people feel towards the large fortune 500 company Walmart. Protesters in this picture gathered outside a Walmart in Pico Rivera October 2012 protesting the lowering of the already low wages and working hours. 
This mainly began after Walmart announed that it would be opening early for Black Friday where there is a large rush of impatient customers all rushing to purchase items. This problem combined with the unrest that already existed among Walmart employees escalated to many protests occurring in various Walmart’s across America. 

"The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world’s largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday, typically the busiest shopping day of the year.”-Jessica Wohl

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This image demonstrates the unrest many people feel towards the large fortune 500 company Walmart. Protesters in this picture gathered outside a Walmart in Pico Rivera October 2012 protesting the lowering of the already low wages and working hours. 

This mainly began after Walmart announed that it would be opening early for Black Friday where there is a large rush of impatient customers all rushing to purchase items. This problem combined with the unrest that already existed among Walmart employees escalated to many protests occurring in various Walmart’s across America. 

"The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world’s largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday, typically the busiest shopping day of the year.”-Jessica Wohl


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This is one of the many iconic photographs from the Occupy Wall Street protests taken by Gene Taylor in 2011. The Occupy Wall Street protests encouraged those who felt betrayed by their government officials and the large companies to take part in the 99% movement. There were many signs, posters, and works of illustration to help spread the messages.
This check in the photograph refers to how the government seems to always favor the extremely wealthy in terms of cutting taxes. The top one percent is seen as the ultimate enemy and the major focus of the Occupy Wall Street protests. 
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This is one of the many iconic photographs from the Occupy Wall Street protests taken by Gene Taylor in 2011.
The Occupy Wall Street protests encouraged those who felt betrayed by their government officials and the large companies to take part in the 99% movement. There were many signs, posters, and works of illustration to help spread the messages.

This check in the photograph refers to how the government seems to always favor the extremely wealthy in terms of cutting taxes. The top one percent is seen as the ultimate enemy and the major focus of the Occupy Wall Street protests. 

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"What is unique about America is that we want these dreams for more than ourselves - we want them for each other. That’s why we call it the American dream. We want it for the kid who doesn’t go to college because she cannot afford it; for the worker whose wondering if his wages will pay this winter’s heating bill; for 47 million Americans living without health care; for the millions more who worry if they have enough to retire with the dignity they have earned.
When our fellow Americans are denied the American dream, our own dreams are diminished. And today, the cost of that dream is rising faster than ever before. While some have prospered beyond imagination in this global economy, middle-class Americans - as well as those working hard to become middle class - are seeing the American dream slip further and further away.” -Senator Obama

This is a speech Senator Obama gave on November 7, 2007 in Iowa called the American Dream Speech while he was campaigning for the 2008 Presidential Race. This was one of the many inspiring speeches Senator Obama gave to the American people. He describes many difficulties that many Americans are undergoing and how many fear that the American Dream is unattainable. This speech tried to revive the spirit of those who feel hopeless and lost. Many of the scenarios he described are very common and related to many people.
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"What is unique about America is that we want these dreams for more than ourselves - we want them for each other. That’s why we call it the American dream. We want it for the kid who doesn’t go to college because she cannot afford it; for the worker whose wondering if his wages will pay this winter’s heating bill; for 47 million Americans living without health care; for the millions more who worry if they have enough to retire with the dignity they have earned.

When our fellow Americans are denied the American dream, our own dreams are diminished. And today, the cost of that dream is rising faster than ever before. While some have prospered beyond imagination in this global economy, middle-class Americans - as well as those working hard to become middle class - are seeing the American dream slip further and further away.” -Senator Obama

This is a speech Senator Obama gave on November 7, 2007 in Iowa called the American Dream Speech while he was campaigning for the 2008 Presidential Race. This was one of the many inspiring speeches Senator Obama gave to the American people. He describes many difficulties that many Americans are undergoing and how many fear that the American Dream is unattainable. This speech tried to revive the spirit of those who feel hopeless and lost. Many of the scenarios he described are very common and related to many people.

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Supporters of the Dream Act took to the streets on June 15, 2012 in support of the act’s passage. The protestors consisted of undocumented students who where very young when they first came to America and have been attending school and living the American lifestyle from the very beginning.
The Dream Act was first proposed in 2001, but was reintroduced in 2009 by President Obama. It would provide temporary residence in the United States for students who graduate high school and continue on to higher education or enlist in the military. The supporters of the Dream Act want to live in America and have the opportunity to succeed just like everyone else.
The undocumented students who have grown up in America want to fight for the American Dream. The policy of the Dream Act is currently adopted by one state, Maryland. Other states have very similar legislation already enacted.
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Supporters of the Dream Act took to the streets on June 15, 2012 in support of the act’s passage. The protestors consisted of undocumented students who where very young when they first came to America and have been attending school and living the American lifestyle from the very beginning.

The Dream Act was first proposed in 2001, but was reintroduced in 2009 by President Obama. It would provide temporary residence in the United States for students who graduate high school and continue on to higher education or enlist in the military. The supporters of the Dream Act want to live in America and have the opportunity to succeed just like everyone else.

The undocumented students who have grown up in America want to fight for the American Dream. The policy of the Dream Act is currently adopted by one state, Maryland. Other states have very similar legislation already enacted.

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This is one of the many satirical comics created in order to mock what the American people see government officials saying. It in essense, illustrates how the public is fed up with the greed that has overtaken our government.
The grumpy man on the left shows how out of touch many of the very wealthy are towards the middle and lower classes. The author of this comic is showing how these two obviously wealthy men wearing suits and ties are unable to connect with the hardships that many Americans are currently undergoing.
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This is one of the many satirical comics created in order to mock what the American people see government officials saying. It in essense, illustrates how the public is fed up with the greed that has overtaken our government.

The grumpy man on the left shows how out of touch many of the very wealthy are towards the middle and lower classes. The author of this comic is showing how these two obviously wealthy men wearing suits and ties are unable to connect with the hardships that many Americans are currently undergoing.

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This was a conference held from June 18-20 2012 in Washington D.C. It was a progressive movement thats main focus was to draw the attention of people who are tired with the way the government is working, particularly the Conservative members of Congress.
The Conference tried to rally support and encourage people to take part and vote for elected officials on November 6th, 2012, but also try to encourage members of Congress to work together in order to make sure we don’t reach the fiscal cliff in December.

"Two years ago, the corporate-backed Tea Party didn’t just win an election. It won the argument. Conservatives defined the agenda that we’ve had to fight against ever since.
This year, to save the nation, progressives must get back on offense and drive the agenda. We have to win not only in November … but also in December”

This was written on the official site of Take Back the American Dream website OurFuture.org. Some of the guests who attended were Senator Bernie Sanders, Sandra Fluke and Howard Dean. This two-day long conference tried to mobilize grassroots support and the creation of ideas that could be sent to Congress having to do with jobs, raising the debt ceiling, and other various issues.
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This was a conference held from June 18-20 2012 in Washington D.C. It was a progressive movement thats main focus was to draw the attention of people who are tired with the way the government is working, particularly the Conservative members of Congress.

The Conference tried to rally support and encourage people to take part and vote for elected officials on November 6th, 2012, but also try to encourage members of Congress to work together in order to make sure we don’t reach the fiscal cliff in December.

"Two years ago, the corporate-backed Tea Party didn’t just win an election. It won the argument. Conservatives defined the agenda that we’ve had to fight against ever since.

This year, to save the nation, progressives must get back on offense and drive the agenda. We have to win not only in November … but also in December”

This was written on the official site of Take Back the American Dream website OurFuture.org. Some of the guests who attended were Senator Bernie Sanders, Sandra Fluke and Howard Dean. This two-day long conference tried to mobilize grassroots support and the creation of ideas that could be sent to Congress having to do with jobs, raising the debt ceiling, and other various issues.

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The co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream wanted to take part in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Ben Cohen donated $30,000 to fund the Batmobile project. This van would drive around New York and project messages in support of the Occupy Movement. These images would also be projected onto the wall of the buildings of large corporations known for not promoting the welfare of all American citizens, and only looking after big businesses.

Eventually, Ben Cohen decided he wanted more input as to where this car would drive and how it would operate. This resulted in a large feud between the members of the Occupy movement because they were a large leaderless community. Cohen wanting to control the van and where it drove and what was projected created another situation of the 99% having trouble and difficulty with a member from the 1%.

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"The American Dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes onto the next the fruits of their labor. "-Julian Castro Mayor of San Antonio

This is a statement made in a speech at the Democratic National Convention 2012 in North Carolina. Julian Castro speaks of the American Dream and how it is not a race in order to achieve success, but rather something that is achieved over time. This illustrates one example of how politics directly is related to the American Dream. This speech was mainly to draw supporters in favor of President Barack Obama for his reelection. Mayor Castro was trying to revive the spirit and faith in the American Dream that many feel is coming to an end.

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