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My fellow Americans, this is an amazing moment for me. To think that a once-scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become governor of the state of California and then stand here… then stand here in Madison Square Garden and speak on behalf of the president of the United States – that is an immigrant’s dream. It is the American dream.
My greatest hope is to be able to pass the same dreams and hopes and vision that I’ve been able to enjoy in my life, on to the next generation. Not just for my children – because with a mother like Michelle, my kids are going to be great – but for all children. There are too many children in this country for whom the American dream is so distant and the odds against them are so daunting.
We have to stand up for these issues when it’s tough, and that’s what I’ve done. I did it when I was in the state legislature, sponsoring the Illinois version of the DREAM Act, so that children who were brought here through no fault of their own are able to go to college, because we actually want well-educated kids in our country who are able to succeed and become part of this economy and part of the American dream.
Our job as Americans is to restore that basic bargain that says, if you work hard, if you’re willing to meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead. You can get ahead. Doesn’t matter what you look like, doesn’t matter where you come from. Our middle class, when it’s growing, when it’s thriving, when there are ladders of opportunity for people to do a little bit better each year and then make sure that their kids are doing even better than them, that’s the American dream. That’s what we got to fight for. That has to be the north star that guides everything we do.
The American Dream has really good PR. It’s kind of difficult to live in the United States and not on some level be pulled into the allure of the American Dream. It’s in the DNA of the country. So, for a population coming out of slavery, desperate to become part of the full life of the United States, it only makes sense that they would embrace this route to the American Dream.
When I was leaving Yemen to come to America, things were tough. My dad had just been laid off, and it was a challenge. When I lived in Yemen, I thought America was a perfect place. Everything was bigger and better. I dreamed big. The American dream, you know? You have to work hard for your dream to come true.
If you’re willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home, not go bankrupt because you got sick, ’cause you’ve got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement. That’s all most people want. Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions. They do believe that if they work hard, they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American dream.
Wilderness is rapidly becoming one of those aspects of the American dream which is more of the past than of the present. Wilderness is not only a condition of nature, but a state of mind and mood and heart. It cannot be confined to the museum-case status—seen only as a passing diorama from superlative throughways.
When you’ve got a economy in which 40 percent of economic growth is happening in the financial sector, that turns out that was all an illusion, that it wasn’t growth based on real products and services, but just a bunch of paper shuffling and a house of cards, then what’s gonna emerge, at some point, is a sense of resentment, a sense that the system’s rigged, and it’s not working for ordinary people. And it’s not fulfilling the basic American dream.