The American Expectation

CALLER: I’m just enthusiastic. I was gonna talk about the American dream. For some reason, and I don’t know where it changed, but it used to be the opportunity. The American dream was not the white picket fence and a dog in the yard. It was the opportunity to be a nobody and become someone. And now I feel — and I don’t know where it changed. I feel like it’s become something to obtain. It’s the white picket fence and the dog in the yard and the grill and the whole thing, the big house and whatever. It was never really that because it’s not something everyone gets. It’s the opportunity to have that. You can have that if you work hard and —

RUSH: Yeah, but let me tell you what’s going on. There has been a change. You’re 23. I’m 60 whatever it is, one. And for longer than that, there has been an effort to attack the whole concept of the American dream because it’s rooted in capitalism, and not everybody does attain it. You’re right. You’re exactly right. The American dream was about freedom of opportunity.

CALLER: Absolutely. No question about it.

RUSH: You have the chance. It has now morphed into an expectation. And if it isn’t provided, or if it doesn’t happen, then people feel cheated. They are told that the country’s unfair and unjust, and so they join the people who protest the capitalist nature of the country in favor of somebody’s promise that everybody can have everything they want.



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