A white picket fence, a nice house, a couple of cars, and a good job- that’s what the American dream is about. It’s about having a job so good that you don’t have to worry when your car breaks down, when your children get sick or about any other inconvenience life throws at you.
36 percent of Americans believe that they have already achieved the American Dream. That number isn’t great, but there is a number that I am excited about, and that is 46.
46 is the percentage of Americans that believe they are on their way to achieving the American Dream. That number is larger now than in previous years. What that number says is that the American people are ambitious, not only about their own future, but the future of the United States as well.
It’s been just ten short years since the worst recession since the Great Depression plagued the United States. Thousands of people were losing their homes every week, the stock market plummeted, unemployment skyrocketed to 10 percent and the American people felt farther away from the American Dream than ever before.
Over the next eight years, the American people wouldn’t feel much closer to that dream, and they voiced their frustration on November 8th, 2016. The clear majority of Americans felt left out or forgotten by the previous administration and they made sure to elect a president that would fight for every American, be it rich or poor, black or white, or Republican or Democrat.
The days leading up to President Trump’s Inauguration Day, the DOW Jones Industrial average was on a five-day losing streak. On Inauguration Day, the DOW rose 94 points. Over Trump’s first year in office, the DOW surged, breaking record after record. The DOW saw a 31 percent increase over President Trump’s first year, the second most among U.S. presidents, and only behind FDR.
President Trump assured American industries and the American people that the United States was going to be put first. Throughout his first year, he rolled back harmful regulations and red tape on businesses and passed sweeping tax reform to put money back into Americans’ pockets. Money that Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi called “crumbs.”
Democrats and several of the mainstream media outlets will claim that Trump is snatching the American Dream out from under everyone. They obviously aren’t looking at the facts nor listening to the American people. That’s exactly what led to the Democrats losing both Houses and the White House. Maybe they could take a page from the Republicans’ book and listen to the American people.
Life should be richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each person no matter their circumstances at birth, that’s how James Truslow Adams defined the American Dream in 1931. Some eighty plus years later, those words ring true more now than ever. Unemployment is under 4 percent, the stock market is roaring, and not only are Americans taking notice, but so is every other country.
This President and his current administration are restoring a renewed sense of confidence in everything American. After eight years of painfully slow economic growth and outrageous government spending, the light at the end of the tunnel looked dim, but now it’s different. The American people have a restored sense of faith in everything American, from industry to foreign policy.
After just one year of the Trump administration, the American people are more confident that the next five years will be better than the last five, and they have good reason to believe so. The future of our country is very bright. The American Dream is within the grasp of all Americans and it’s only the beginning.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.