The American Dream is represented in many art forms through social culture. It is the symbolic idea that all can achieve success in the United States through hard work and dedication and will thrive with the many opportunities available to them. Not only is it portrayed in movies, music, photography, and television shows, but also in American politics. The American Dream in recent years has also been introduced as an agent of change. As many believe that the American Dream is dying, it has been translated into large protests. The Occupy Wall Street movement has been the most recent and influential protest that has sparked outcry with the "99%" and has forced many politicans in the spotlight who make large sums of money. The American Dream is also apparent in the speeches of powerful politicans and political members such as the President of the United States. The focus of this blog is to explore the depths of how the American Dream is portayed in politics and how it is increasingly apparent in today's society.Annotated Bibliography
“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.