Donald Trump to America: ‘The American Dream is Dead’

Not on our watch, pal.

American Dream
Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Wilmington, Ohio, U.S. November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

For most, the concept of the “American Dream” is an abstract. What it is to live a life of purpose and to achieve your desires is something deeply personal and therefore subjective. In 1931, though, American writer and historian James Truslowe Adams was able to capture the definition of the “American Dream” as succinctly as ever had been, or ever will be done before.

The American Dream is the idea that “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.”

On Tuesday, Donald J. Trump, an illegitimate president, announced he will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. The Obama-era executive order on immigration allowed children, who entered the United States as minors, the opportunity to defer deportation for a period of two years, obtain a work visa, and give them a path to citizenship. Those children who were accepted into the program have adopted the name DREAMers.

In doing so, Donald Trump’s message to the people of the United States and abroad is clear:  The ‘American Dream’ is dead.

The ‘American Dream,’ that notion that anyone can come here and create a good life for themselves and their families, is dead. America, a nation that is built by immigrants and for immigrants, is closing its doors on and ending the dreams of children, telling them that despite the fact that America is all they’ve ever know, those dreams are not welcome here.

As if Mr. Trump’s proposal to wall off Mexicans and forbid entry to Muslims were not cruel and unusual enough, he’s now set his sights on children.

This is an abomination.

Perhaps the American Dream described by Mr. Truslowe all those decades ago has been dead for a long time and we just didn’t notice. Perhaps it was obvious that the dream had died when a student borrower can be saddled with hundreds of thousands of dollars of student debt merely for seeking out an advanced education, and then live under the burden of enormous insurmountable student loan payments that keep them in indentured servitude for their entire adult lives, never able to even pay down the principal.

Perhaps the dream died when the mortgage foreclosure crisis hit. Or the planes hit the twin towers. Or when we invaded Iraq.

Perhaps, for many, it died when Donald Trump assumed the White House even though his more qualified opponent won more votes.

But for today at least, we refuse to stop fighting for that ideal. This is what America was built on. To give up on this fight would be to give up on THE fight.

Bros4America stands with the DREAMers and the majority of voices to condemn this action. And we will not remain silent.

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.
– John Lennon, Imagine
Alex Mohajer
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Named one of OUT Magazine's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2017, Alex Mohajer is a controversial political writer and commentator whose unapologetic post-election commentary has made him one of the most shared contributors at The Huffington Post. He is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America (formerly Bros4Hillary), a progressive advocacy organization that gained national recognition during the 2016 presidential election for its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley where he studied politics with progressive champion Robert Reich, and a Juris Doctorate from from Chapman University School of Law, where he studied constitutional law with conservative hero Hugh Hewitt. While in law school, he was fittingly awarded "Most Likely To Be Held in Contempt" by his graduating class. He has been interviewed for or featured on The Fox News Channel, PolitiFact, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, LA and NY Times, AfterBuzz TV, OUT and Instinct Magazine(s), Dan Savage Blog, TheWrap, Yahoo News, New York Public Radio, The David Pakman Show, The Ann Walker Show, and more. Named by LGBTQ Nation to their Top 8 People Working to Elect Hillary Clinton. Alex is an author, public/motivational speaker, and an award-winning singer, actor, and solo artist who was nominated for a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Male Cabaret Artist. Alex lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Bruce Wayne. Press inquiries and bookings: press@bros4america.com