The American Dream is at the core of the national ethos of the United States, the force that shaped the character and ideals of generations of Americans. While it is true that the phrase was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931, as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement;” its roots are firmly grounded in the philosophical underpinnings of the American Republic particularly the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Dream is built on a set of ideals that revolve around the idea of freedom and those certain inalienable rights that all free men should partake in, such as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in all its aspects including material prosperity. This American Dream is threatened today more than any time since the Second World War.
The Unites States is no longer the leader in those vital indexes that measure progress such as education, health, economic growth, life expectancy, personal income and happinessHisham Melhem