US Economy

The American Dream can be summed up currently by the jobs report in November of 2021. According to a recent New York Times piece, 4.5 million Americans wilfully quit their jobs.

What could possibly compel such record numbers of people to walk out of their place of employment and into an immediate state of uncertainty? Is it reasonable to believe the human race has become so incredibly lazy and indifferent that gainful employment is no longer of much importance?

Well, I’d like to think that’s simply absurd, but when you delve deeper into the current state of the National economy, as well as, the general distrust, many citizens are showing towards the US government, perhaps that indifference is more palpable than originally thought.

The Pew Research Center has done studies on the populations trust of the US government since 1958. As of May 2021, numbers reached historic lows, only one quarter of Americans can say they trust the US government to do what’s right, 2% (all of the time), or 23% (most of the time). When this data was first compiled in the late fifties three quarters of Americans polled say they trusted the federal government to do what’s right nearly all of the time. What has transpired over the last 65+ years to completely flip these numbers?

Presidential assassinations, unpopular wars, steep increases in the prices of living are some examples of definitive kinks in the armor of the once blissfully endless hopes of the American Dream.

Among Republicans and Democrats alike the current president, Joe Biden, stands a full ten percentage points lower than the infamously paranoid, and heavily detested, Richard Nixon.

The harsh treatment of immigrants and refugees over the past decade has given the tired, huddled masses coming across our Southern border some real trepidation. The once iconic statement written on the Statute of Liberty has basically become an obsolete message of hope and country.

As of October 2021, 1.7 million immigrants have been detained at the Mexico border with the United States, which is the record over a 12 month period (BBC news.com). And this, mind you, is post Trump. The Biden Administration has done almost nothing about everything of any real importance over his 1st year as President, with nothing more despicable than his listless approach to the immigration issue.

We can only hope, as certain Central American countries like Mexico, that they can continue building up their industry and win their everlasting war on drug cartels. Those two issues are currently heading in the right direction. According to France 24 news, homicides dropped 4% from 2020 to 2021. Not a drastic sway, but enough to breed some cautious optimism for the crime fatigued people of this lovely, yet unpredictable nation. Despite brutal economic numbers in 2020 when the economy contracted by over 8%, the numbers being compiled by Forbes.com show a six percent growth in 2021, which can be considered another optimistic sign. When you look at some of the other US neighbors though, the likes of : El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Haiti, the pictures are definitely heading in the wrong direction.

According to statistica.com, El Salvador has had 83 murders per 100,000 people making it the most deadly country in the world.

Perhaps some of you stringent ‘anti-mmigration’ folks could better understand why these people flee their incredibly violent country. These people have no illusions of what they face in just making it to the border, price gouging, human trafficking, the threat of arrest and being separated from their children are still not enough to make them stay in their failed states.

Haiti, as of September 2021, is by leaps and bounds the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Considering Haiti was once the wealthiest colony in the Americas and right up through the Clinton Administration was a top tourist destination for Americans. Plagued by war and political assassinations over the past three decades Haitians aren’t hoping to achieve the “American Dream,” they are just escaping a situation so dire that even an American nightmare would immensely change their life for the better (cfr.org).

My own personal experience with the American Dream was forever damaged when my parents divorced, the split causing money problems that more than likely could have been avoided if the folks didn’t wind up hating each other.

The under funded public schools I went to, considered it a major victory to make it through class without a brawl or a mass teacher walkout.  My family owned no business, did not have the cash or the care to send me to University despite my many talents that most were aware of at my younger days.

Alas, after a 6 month stretch at a community college, several dead end jobs and even a stint in the Teamsters, myself and 12 other coworkers were unceremoniously laid off due to budget cuts. So at the moment I’m facing the Nightmare, the nightmare of the American Dream.

How did we get here, when I say we, I meant that I see many others of my generation facing a terrifyingly, uncertain future. They told us in elementary school you could be anything you want to be. But when all you want to be is a functioning member of society, perhaps have a career as a blue collar worker and even that aspiration seems unattainable …that’s when the Nightmare begins.

Will we ever wake up from the Nightmare of the American Dream?

Another great site by the Dangerous Globe

Another great site by the Dangerous Globe

A free to use, comprehensive and independent search engine which is about to become your favourite. https://thereal.news

TheReal.News is a search engine that has had the spin removed. We use sites that we have studied for some time and monitored for integrity and we don’t use sites that we have seen which either spin or lie their way to the front page. Everybody is biased in some way or they aren’t breathing, but Bias and Bollocks are not the same thing.

People that tell the truth are quite easy to find because they cite references and sources to back up what they say. The opposite is also true.

Please spread the word
Robert DiBlasio
Writer/Podcaster. Socialist, Pluralist, Free Speech Advocate. Born in Jersey City, NJ.
https://anchor.fm/gentlerambler
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

1 Comment
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lorraine colbert
Lorraine colbert
2 years ago

This story represents so many