In Bob Herbert's, a columnist for the New York Times, article "Hiding From Reality" he speaks of the dying economy in America and how our society is failing. Thousands upon thousands of people are losing their jobs, many of those being teachers. We used to make our education system a priority, and now it's suffering due to budget cuts, which includes letting go of several teachers. Herbert believes America is in denial about how much trouble our society is really in and the first step to fixing it is realizing it, and then we'll be able to solve it.
Cal Thomas, a panelist on Fox News Watch, responds to Herbert's article by writing that the government and politicians are to blame. He agrees with Herbert's take on our dysfunctional society, but says that people need to not rely on government officials, but on themselves on individuals. Relying on yourself individually will lead to a better life for yourself and our society will grow into a better, more functional state than if we trust the government to handle everything for us.
Richard Wilkinson, a speaker for TEDGlobal, talks about economic inequality, and how its harming our society. Wilkinson goes on to explain that there are more social problems in countries with greater inequality. There are more murders and mental illness when there's less equality, along with more stress and less trust.
All these writers and speakers have the right idea, and it will take a combination of all these ideas to help our society and rebuild the American Dream. In America's society, we need to realize the importance of education which is a key factor in developing a functional society, as well as believing in ourselves as individuals more and showing more initiative. In doing all these things our main goal should be equality among the rich and the poor, and end poverty. If we combine all these ideals, we will create a more functional society and re-create the American Dream.