To answer the question are we losing ‘the American dream?, we first must define some very important terms. Truth is absolute, factual and proceeds from our creator in whom there are no lies. Truth is not a relative term. Right is that which is correct, it does not depend on where a person was born or grew up. Honesty is the characteristic of always telling the truth rather than whatever is expedient. Servant refers to someone whose actions serve a cause greater than himself. A person who has a high regard for truth, honesty and service is a person that is said to have good character. We’ll come back to these very important terms later.
Our government is not a true democracy, but rather it is a constitutional republic. For nearly 200 years, the United States flourished because we honored the God that inspired this grand experiment. It was a completely new form of government. The world had never seen anything like it. People from every nation strove to come here to be free of oppression, free to achieve the dreams that burned in their hearts, to practice their religion without restraint or interference from the government. As all of those people became citizens, we were enriched by the very best philosophies, arts and learning in the world. As all they brought combined with and was filtered by those that came before they defined a unique American way. It was their hard work and determination along with the inspiration, creativity, and freedom to achieve that made this nation a world leader and world protector of freedom for so long. Their strength, their commitment and their sacrifices gave rise to the American dream. The prosperity that came from the freedom and liberty of this land and its’ people lasted for more than two hundred years and gave us the common expectation that as long as this land is blessed by God, each successive generation will be better off than their parents generation. That hope is what we know as the American Dream.
What was it that changed and diverted this once mighty nation from the path of prosperity and blessing to the path of decline that we find ourselves on now? It began when our elected officials gradually changed from citizen servants to career politicians. They began taking bribes and doing favors for important people to feather their own nests rather than serving the interests of their constituents. Advancing the interests of the nation became increasingly less and less important as the obsessive desire for reelection and the increased power it brought grew. Concurrently, the constitutionally limited powers of the government became increasingly restrictive. The career politicians knew people would never agree to obvious attempts to nullify the Constitution. They would never willingly give up their liberty, so instead they chose to use gradual creative interpretation rather than open legislative procedures. New laws had to be quietly passed under deceptive names that had little or nothing to do with their content and the Constitution was ignored to allow for increasing power at the center of government. All this, in direct violation of the Constitutional protections that were carefully crafted to prevent such abuses from happening. The people went along with these changes because we had faith in our leaders, after all they have our best interest at heart-or do they?
Now we must return to those crucial five words that we started with. Without them, our nation can’t function. Let me explain; to work, a constitutional republic depends on men and women of good character at all levels from chief executive down. It is essential that our elected officials be of the highest character. If truth is relative, then nothing is defined, nothing can be judged nor analyzed, the facts of any matter are open to interpretation. That is the twisted logic that led to our current dilemma. If that is the case, then right and wrong are meaningless. The concept of a higher cause becomes absurd, in an environment without absolutes, nothing is higher than oneself. Character absolutely matters in government. Truth, honesty and service are not just words, they define why the meaning of the word ‘is’ is and must always be the same. If these concepts are not paramount in our government and our society then, within several generations, I fear we will lose them both altogether. I pray that does not happen. An informed vote is the privilege, the right and the duty of every citizen of voting age. That and full participation in our government are the best ways to make sure power flows from the people to the government and NOT the other way around. The latter is a situation that should concern every citizen and the scary thing is that it is becoming more and more the norm!
We find the American Dream is not so much a ‘myth’ as the expressed blessing of God. When our society turns it’s back on God and actively opposes His commandments; as the Israelites did in the desert and at various times in history, we must expect to suffer the same exile and slavery that befell Israel in 70A.D.