One thing that has been lost over time is the American Dream is a dream by INDIVIDUALS to be able to accomplish whatever they want. Too often it's our government coming out with legislation to "help people fulfill the American Dream" when, by their actions, they are ensuring that can never happen. A push toward equality is the worst thing that could ever happen to the Dream. How many people do you know who dream of the day that they can finally be mediocre? The welfare state and entitlement culture is changing it. Individual achievement is no longer celebrated as it once was. Why give the best player on the team a trophy when that might hurt feelings? Instead, give all players a trophy to celebrate mediocrity. Unfortunately, when you cherish mediocrity for too long you eventually become mediocre yourself. We must turn our backs on that way of thinking. Celebrate diversity, not only in appearance, but in aptitude and ability. Celebrate accomplishments, not only when the least talented succeed, but also when the most talented do. And celebrate hard work, certainly when it pays off, but especially when it doesn't. Those three values have been taken from us and twisted by progressive socialists and the uneducated left. If we can restore them, we can help restore America.