A dream which can be fulfilled by the average working class citizen of the United States by following a set of standards which are 1) owning your own home which can sufficiently provide for every occupant (debt-free), 2) owning a high class vehicle or a sufficient working vehicle (debt-free), 3) own upper class clothing, e.g. American Eagle shirts, or Coach purses, 4) living in a peaceful area, e.g. suburbs, or in an upper class district, 5) owning a business (sufficient pay and debt free) or working for a business with a high salary, 6) being in a position where you owe little or no debt or have debt that does not exceed 2.5% of your net worth (applies to those making $10 million USD or more), 7) to belong in the upper class society and frequent parties often or host many of your own, 8) to have a sufficient cash reserve for family members nearing retirement, e.g. a retirement savings fund exceeding the cost of life after retirement, 50 percent above the GDP per capita (preferably), 9) you have to actually do something to make it happen & 10) you have to do hard work diligently & do respectable work for your success to truly be celebrated.
"I am living the American Dream by having a house of my own in the suburbs, I have a Mercedes-Benz R Class, I have 3 million dollars in my retirement fund, owe no money to anyone, wear American Eagle clothing, work as a telecommunications manager, I frequent parties everyday, and run a family operation of exporting wheat to other countries."
A) to sue someone for something incredibly stupid and live off the money.
B) to otherwise make a lot of money for not a lot of effort, and spend the rest of your life being rich and getting plastic surgery.
Johnny was biking in the park and he ran into a tree. He sued the council and got 10 mil. He's living the American Dream.
the ideal American life as fed by the media; 2.3 children, white picket fences surrounding a split-level house with a dog and a cat, and a station wagon or a minivan to take the kids to sports practice; impossible by its' nature
"The reason it's called the American Dream is you have to be asleep to believe it." -- George Carlin
An idea created by American society trying to make people believe anyone could be anything. Strange how all the US presidents have been in the upper 1% of society (in class-financial terms).
Death of a Salesman
What a crock of bullshit
! Basically it is either;
1) A clever lie
designed by the rich
to trick the poor
into (a) working longer hours for less pay, and to (b) purchase a shitload of useless material goods and services, both of which help give the rich more wealth while further impoverishing the poor.
2) Taking over other nations by force, stealing their resources, and installing puppet governments that control the flow of resources to America while destroying the cultures and infrastructure of said conquered nations.
The American Dream is to work 60 hours a week for minimum wage, spiral downwards into debt
as a result of being stupid enough to get credit card
s and to spend what little money you have on shiny, expensive products that are useless in value and function.
The idea, that some day, some how, you'll be happy. That your kids won't grow up to hate you and disrespect you. That some day you won't come home fried out from work, only to sit in front of the television, or open a bottle of JD, or rail a line of coke, or any other addiction common to American life. But the most important part to remember... dreams aren't real.
Just woke up from the American dream...
Depending on the context, either a 60-month, low APR, zero money down delusion of upward mobility; or a television-induced, straight-line reduced, quick-fix diluted futility.
"Todd the textile worker had to trade in his American Dream for a cardboard box because his corporate-owned government sent his job to China."
An American ideal of a happy and succesfull life to which all may aspire.
marrying the perfect man/women, having the perfect family and career