Section 2: The “American Dream”
The United States presents an image of prosperity referred to as the “American Dream.” It has always been just a dream for 99% of Americans. Americans do not take into account that 1% of American citizenship equals about 3 million people. This number includes those who have realized this dream, at least an illusion thereof, and do not worry about the basic necessities of life. These are those who have the liberty to pursue their individual happiness, whatever that might be.
From its inception, the United States government and its constitution have catered to the 1% and neglected the needs of the majority of its citizens. American political policies created a very wealthy class of relatively few individuals with great power. This consequently created a middle class that buffers the impact that absolute wealth and power have on the majority of the people.
The world has never known a united group of people like the American Empire. Its decadence, leisure, and world dominance permeate every aspect of life. Its soldiers mete out death to any individual, or any nation, that stands against it. It literally creates hell on Earth for any who stand in its way.
Where in nature does there exist another species, genus, family, order, class, or phylum in which its constituents are, by their own choice, divided into class structures? Outside of the human species, where does there exist another animal group that distinguishes other members as lower class, middle class, or upper class? Where else are there caste types set wherein by birth alone a creature is assigned a specific honor that sets it in prominence above others?
The American majority includes the laboring class that has always suffered in poverty. Teetering on the edge between wealth and poverty, and dreaming that they can achieve what the wealthy have achieved, the middle class provides a barrier between the rich and the poor. Coveting the former while fearing a return to the latter, the middle class validates the actions of the rich while justifying the cries of the poor. The middle class keeps the peace. Without it, the lower class majority would rise up in revolution against the upper class.
It becomes easier for the majority to desensitize their minds from the conditions of poverty and destitution that exist at the bottom of the economic ladder, because of the image in their minds of future success and the opportunity to jump from the ninety-nine percent to the one percent. The American people have become numb to their own plight. Their ignorance chains them to their current condition and allows justification and acceptance that the one needs the ninety-nine others below in order to keep that one buoyed up on the sea of humanity and living out their dream.
The American Dream has desensitized the middle class. The hope and exampled realization of wealth and prosperity, which less than 1% of Americans ever achieve, keep the middle class in chains of bondage and ignorance to the Democratic and Republican Parties that cater to the 1%.
For every one person who can claim success in reaching the standards set by the American Dream, ninety-nine others suffer from the politically enforced economic policies used to achieve this prosperity. The majority does not have the ability to realize the dream.
The majority’s desire to live enriches the slaveholder (corporations) for whom they are forced to work so that the wealthy can live out their dream. Chained ignorantly without lock or key, the writing on the wall has little affect on the minds of the majority of the American people who see themselves as individual and equal human beings instead of slaves. Thus, have they been convinced and deceived. The very essence of their innate human nature disallows the possibility that they can be controlled. They are convinced that it is possible that one day they, too, might own a business and have others work for them, forgetting their immediate state of enslavement by the delusion of financial freedom and wealth implied by the American Dream.
Day after day, their minds are gratified and lulled into a tempered calm as they toil in the fields, cubicles, or other employment that they do not enjoy but are forced to choose. The “Dream” satisfies their inner conflict by convincing them that it is possible to become a landowner; hence, they are indeed equal to their masters who were once enslaved also.
The American people are not isolated to being slaves to the rich and powerful only, but have also become indentured to their own desire to become wealthy. “Getting ahead in the world” has become the model of individuality and has replaced the pursuit of happiness. Money has taken the place of happiness in our daily pursuits.
HOWEVER, the right to the pursuit of happiness must be guaranteed and protected equally for all people. Those whose happiness is found in greed, wealth, and owning more than others have every right to this form of value and happiness. The one percent must be equally protected and supported in their pursuits. Otherwise, the unfair advantage of one group will mean the subjugation and demise of the other and negate liberty for all.
THumP®’s goal is to equalize the playing field so that all who desire to be wealthy have the same opportunities to do so. This can only be accomplished if the stress from day-to-day living is diminished. By allowing wealth to accumulate in the business of providing others with the basic necessities of life, THumP® kills two birds with one stone. THumP®’s proposals support both the dreams of the 1% and the realities of the 99%.