Posted by shivite12
The American Dream has dripped through the cracks. Like liquid neatly filling fissures in the gravel and dissipating, our concept has perished without a sound. It was a concept once defined as having the opportunity to attain vast success and happiness regardless of ones background. The house, the car, the family, the money, what have you. Despite these claims of glory in defining the American Dream, it is a debilitating truth that the dream has devolved into a pursuit of the most basic liberties and securities one could expect to receive in this land. From the government invading privacy, to secure safe retirement, down to simply trying to survive in a pool of income inequality the American has been reduced to a struggle to get by, rather than climb to the top.
Those pursuing the American Dream have refocused from success incomparable to safety and security in a country where perhaps the guarantee is not so profound. The definition of success in pursuit of the American Dream has been less focused on things such as a nice car or a nice house, but instead for financial security. It is nothing short of appalling that a dream once defined as having a home you could be proud of has been torn down by economic turmoil and uncertainty into a hope of simply having a home at all. This modesty suddenly prominent among Americans can be argued to have rooted from the economic inequalities prevalent in our society, for example the big house and shiny car are no longer so commonly being seen as attainable by all, but attainable by all in a particular economic and social caste.
Many Americans abandon the pursuit of success for a pursuit of security with the former not being such a grand guarantee. As citizens of this country we must ask ourselves what can be done to avoid a fate of working deep into our old age just to spend our final years as we spent the early ones: just getting by. A call for a refinement of social security and the safety of personal investments must be made in order to challenge a vicious cycle of lost money in a void of mismanaged borrowing and sharing.
The American Dream is no longer and ideal defined by glory as once was ascribed to it in the past. Gone are the days of pursuit of happiness, but instead we usher in new times of managing to beat a system with the intention of infringing on the liberties and refuges once promised by the very same system. No longer a dream of attaining success unparalleled in the face of possible hardship, but a vision of overcoming guaranteed hardship without destroying oneself in the process. As a nation projecting such complacency with its circumstances, we are charged with the blame for not standing up and calling for reform when the problems were not elevated to the dramatic scale they have reached today. Whether we want this to be our new definition of the American Dream is up to our discretion, it is vital as those having to live within the system to decide if the dream need be changed from one of survival to one of triumph. -Shivite12
Posted by shivite12
Are economic sanctions, pinpointed and limited, enough to slay the Russian dragon that has made a spire in southern Ukraine? With a leader willing to okay a land-grab of such grandeur, atop signing the original law into place permitting military force in Ukraine for the broad purpose of “defending Russian-speaking citizens,” is the questions really worth asking at this point? Even with protests of the movements at home the Kremlin appears to be feeling little to no pressure on the national and international front, more or less providing a green light for further violations of sovereignty by other big global players. Human Rights Watch(HRW) reports there has been a “crackdown on free expression and assembly,” while hundreds have been detained “in some cases arbitrary and others by unnecessary force,” principally within Moscow. Could this be Russia back on its way to the Stalinist style power trip fueled by a corrupt government? Putin’s behavior does not bode well for any members of the international community. The precedent of little to no consequence in the face of a hostile takeover of a neighboring country sends a message to other countries with a bone to pick with others that their actions will hold no consequence. While the world makes the call to Putin for an end to the chaos he has unleashed, the spotlight should also accommodate leaders of the EU and US to provide true punishment beyond weak economic sanctions. If the opposing world powers cannot bare their teeth in the face of aggression, how long will we wait before the next snap of a twig that brings the wailing lamb to the jaws of the tiger. -Shivite12
HRW article here: www.hrw.org/news/2014/03/18/russia-government-tightens-screws-after-sochi
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