...from attacking the people pursuing it [American Dream] to clamping down on socio-economic mobility, the GOP demonstrates their hatred of the American Dream.Good argument, but I might also add that this hatred and discrimination applies to social class. According to The Economist.
Look at the GOP's "hot issues": Gay marriage and immigration. Now I submit to you that no one is pursuing the American Dream with more gusto than homosexuals and immigrants. The latter is obvious and has always been the case. Immigrants from Mexico, India, the Middle-east, and Oceania are getting jobs, buying houses, and raising up "a mess 'o kids" with a zeal that crusty mainline anglos can't touch. And when it comes to socio-economic mobility, nobody is more mobile than your average gay couple. They practically keep Home Depot, Pottery Barn, and a half-a-dozen other retailers in business...single handedly!
But where are the economic clamps on mobility applied? Smack against middle and lower-middle class immigrants. Where is discrimination in marriage, employment, inheritence, etc... applied? Smack against homosexuals.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the meritocratic ideal is in trouble in America. Income inequality is growing to levels not seen since the Gilded Age, around the 1880s. But social mobility is not increasing at anything like the same pace: would-be Horatio Algers are finding it no easier to climb from rags to riches, while the children of the privileged have a greater chance of staying at the top of the social heap. The United States risks calcifying into a European-style class-based society. [...]Jim Hightower calls it "the betrayal of the middle class" by elites (substitute GOP/Bush) who are so smugly dismissive of middle-class wages and benefits as "excessive" that they will not be able to build walls and gates high enough to stem the tide of anger coming at them.
Everywhere you look in modern America - in the Hollywood Hills or the canyons of Wall Street, in the Nashville recording studios or the clapboard houses of Cambridge, Massachusetts - you see elites mastering the art of perpetuating themselves. America is increasingly looking like imperial Britain, with dynastic ties proliferating, social circles interlocking, mechanisms of social exclusion strengthening and a gap widening between the people who make the decisions and shape the culture and the vast majority of ordinary working stiffs.
Finally, this is how Abi @ Update America 604 summarizes it:
The class war is one of America's dirty little secrets. You're not supposed to know it exists because you just might fight back. And if that happens, we might just be able to take America back from those who have hijacked it.Immigrants, gays, poor people and the middle-class - the GOP is an equal opportunity American Dream killer.