An Important Distinction on the American Dream
Semantic distinctions can be frivolous or they can be significant. Sometimes, as with Mart Martinez’s letter supporting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, they point to an underlying difference in how people interpret something, like the American dream:
I support H-5353 because I believe in the American dream. The American dream is about rewarding those who work hard.
No. That wording implies that there’s a pool of rewards and that Americans acknowledge the legitimacy of having an authority to dole them out. The American dream is about allowing people to keep the rewards that they earn and minimizing the obstructions to opportunity.
Education should not be a privilege, it should be the expectation of everyone who dreams of having a bright future.
An education requires an individual’s work and commitment. It therefore cannot be an expectation, but an objective, and when one wishes it to be subsidized, those putting forward the money have a right to impose some limitations, such as legal residency in their society.
They may seem like minor differences on the surface, but often discussions run on endlessly around such pivot points.