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    Posted June 21, 2014 by
    Farmersburg, Indiana
    Related to: The American Dream is out of reach
    So say nearly 6 in 10 people who responded to CNNMoney's American Dream Poll, conducted by ORC International. They feel the dream -- however they define it -- is out of reach.
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    The American Dream to Me


    My  American dream is being able to take full advantage of the opportunity  this great nation affords me to set goals and have aspirations to live  in liberty as no other land can offer.

    While that dream does  not mean necessarily reaching those goals or having those aspirations  fulfilled, it does afford me the freedom to pursue the life that is best  for me, my children, my loved ones, my friends and community.

    The  American dream gives me the right to reach for the stars whether I ever  touch one or pull one down to Earth. I am free to dream.

    Life  has handed me roadblocks with my health conditions and detoured me from  my early hopes of working hard, succeeding in whatever career I was in  so as to secure a brighter future for my sons and grandchildren - then  eventually retire, travel and explore all the wonders which our country  has to offer.

    The American dream allowed me the ability to alter course and reset my goals and aspirations.

    Now my American dream is to one day escape the humid Cornfield and breathe easier in the arid Desert of the Southwest.

    My  American dream allows me to feel safe in the knowlege that my sons, my  grandchildren will also be able to dream and strive to fulfill their  lives walking the paths they have chosen.

    I am able to have this dream unencumbered.

    There is no fear that government may swoop in and captivate me in a prison not of my making simply for daring to dream.

    The American dream allows me to share my life with the one I love.

    This to me is the American dream - the right to set goals, aspire for  more and pursue happiness without fear and without reprisal.

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