The "American dream" means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? For me the American dream means a chance to prosper by my own means, will, and perseverance. I believe having a roof over my family's head and having a means to provide for my family's needs and wants is the American dream. I believe that to achieve the American dream, a person must work hard and keep working hard until the goal is reached then work harder. To some people the American dream has a different meaning. They think they are entitled to the American dream and it should be given to them by the government which takes it from those who have worked for it. The truth is that prosperity is not the government's to give. Some people,mostly liberals, will say,"what about the poor people, shouldn't they have a piece of the American dream too." I would have to say yes, if they are willing to work for it. I grew up much poorer than most that call themselves poor. I had little to nothing. However, this just fueled my will to succeed. When I went out on my own it was not uncommon for me to work 80 to 100 hours per week throughout the summer and 50 to 60 hours a week during the rest of the year. The only nights I didn't work overtime were the nights I went to school. This job and the two after it not only provided for my famliy but also helped me pay for 8 years of education. Never once during this time did I take a handout from the government. The poor can have a peice of the American dream if they are willing to work for it. Many others and myself are living proof. The American dream is not something that is given, it is something that is earned. I assure you that people that will try to give the American dream will be looking for something in return and it is usually the dependence of those who they giveit to. With dependence comes a certain amount of control by who you depend on. I honestly believe I have succeeded in my American dream despite the fact that I still work a 40 hour per week job and run a small business on the side. I have told you what the American dream means to me, now tell me what the American dream means to you?
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