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Letter: No, the left doesn’t hate the American Dream

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Scouts and Cub Scouts support a 50-foot American flag as American Fork dedicates an addition to its cemetery on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

I heard constant references to the “American dream” during the RNC and warnings that it is under threat from the left. But, what is that dream? That term has been so abused by propagandists that it is beginning to lose meaning. 

The American dream is that promise that America offers: the dedication to the proposition that all men are created equal and are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The American dream is not a guarantee of success or material wealth; it’s a refuge, and the promise that whoever you are, wherever you come from, you can be something. The dream is freedom from fear and oppression.

Unfortunately, far, far too many of our brothers and sisters are withheld from that dream. Far too many of our fellow Americans are still kept down for who they are and where they come from. The idea that people on the left who fight for systemic change hate America is absurd. We fight for racial and income equality, and to protect our planet because that is the dream.

America is far from perfect and has never achieved that dream. But she was built on a dream, is kept alive by a dream and will someday realize that dream. In the meantime, I will fight to help my brothers and sisters break the chains of racism, bigotry, poverty, hate. Why? Because America’s dream is my dream, too.

Broderik Craig