“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
If you want something done, go do it. Asking others to do a task for you or simply complaining that it has not been done is unproductive and un-American. What makes America marvelous to foreigners is how persistent and driven the country is. The American Dream of achieving prosperity through hard work and motivation catapulted the country from a measly 13 colonies to a Global superpower that revels in innovation and leadership. The American Dream is what drives American society. Without the iconic dream, Americans would not have been the first to land man on the moon, able to foster the creation of the internet, or be able to lead in Global politics.
I fear that America is not losing the vision of the American dream, but losing the notion that hard work and drive are what achieves the dream. The idea of prosperity is ever changing and is tailored to each individual, but nothing can be achieved without hard work and motivation. Expensive handbags, cars, and jewelry are plastered across social media with the caption: “#Goals”; however, spending time scrolling and refreshing through the internet has little chance of allowing someone to reach their “#Goals”. Too little work and too much play often leads to the shortcomings of one individual or failure to reach a goal and are blamed on the actions of others. Personal responsibility and drive is disappearing at an alarming rate; leading to the fading of the American vision.
I am tired of hearing “I want this ____, but don’t want to do _____.” Don’t complain to those who are already doing. Apparently you don’t want it that bad if you don’t want to do it yourself. Not willing and not able to are two completely different reasons.
If you want something done; go do it.