‘American dream’? What is that?


Mr. Ambrose Bennett’s rendition of the American dream following what the default governor of this government said in the SOCA made it imperative to question what this is all about. 

If we can find what “American dream” means, we all can grasp the concept that represents this ideology or parable as it may suggests. The preamble of the U.S. Constitution does express a point about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as principles of our democracy. Yet it left much room for interpretation on what our government means. Then there exists some elusive egalitarian connotations that confuses more than necessary the specificity that rises to full understanding what “American dream” is in the mind and heart of Ambrose. Yet in the SOCA and brief mention by the governor, this American dream concept is indeterminate and carries with it so much loose thoughts, resting on irrational connections and unfounded beliefs.

Karl Marx and followers of egalitarian thought are not necessarily a distant cousin of equality as envisioned by patrons of democracy. Hence, it is important to verify whether Mr. Ambrose Bennett knows what he is saying about the American dream if there is such that we can all buy-in and live a life in comfort and solidarity. By the same token, one wonders whether the governor himself knows what the American dream is. If it exists, then what is that? Otherwise, the SOCA’s message about what the “American dream” is is an irrational conclusion.

What is the “American dream” and when is a dream un-American? Alternatively, what dream is American? Is there a 10 percent or 90 percent American standard? What are you talking about Ambrose? That this governor is sitting in the Governor Office by default, does he represent the American dream of the people that did not elect him into office? Is this American dream the indigenous people of these islands should love and live as their democracy in government? Unless Ambrose Bennett can explain what he is talking about and what the default governor’s mindset about the “American dream,” their thoughts on the subject are nothing more than irrational understanding. The only conclusion that matters is that the concept about the American dream is only a rhetorical reference that missed its intended meaning. It’s like defecating but ended up as a fart.

Francisco R. Agulto
Kannat Tabla, Saipan

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