In Bob Herbert’s “Hiding From Reality”, he argues that our lack of motivation to fix what we are becoming is hurting some of our most vulnerable people. Herbert claims that we are fighting wars that we cannot afford, and in turn cutting spending on many of the things that our society actually needs to grow and thrive, such as public schooling (education). In Cal Thomas’ “Is the American Dream Over?” he takes a different view point arguing that we as a society cannot rely on our government, but instead should rely on ourselves. Thomas urges Americans to focus on the backbone of the American Dream, such as educating ourselves, having good-hearted characteristics, believing in the idea of family, and more. He claims that self-reliance will help us each achieve the American Dream. While I mostly would agree with Thomas, considering we each do have to put our best foot forward to achieve what we want in life for ourselves, I still believe that we must rely on our government to a certain extent and fight to get what we want, and deserve from those that are supposed to be protecting our rights. While Thomas argues that we have to become educated and receive at least an undergraduate degree, that is not always possible due to our government’s budget cuts for good teachers, and proper education. I believe a combination of these two ideas would ultimately work best for us to wake up and see what we are becoming, and help us work together to get what we want, so that we can each achieve our own version of the American Dream.