An Empty Wish … If Only

I wish we could declare a moratorium on the phrase The American Dream … “Their share of the American Dream.” “I want my share of the American Dream.” We have it already. You have it. Now. The two-care garage, the good job and house in the suburbs is not The American Dream; it’s the Chinese Dream, the Bulgarian Dream, the dream of seventeen people on Mindanao. The American Dream is about liberty, opportunity, a meritocracy, rather than success based on family lineage of long residence in America. It’s laws like habeas corpus and the presumption of innocence. We have these already. Let’s use them.