What Happened to the American Dream? How the Dream Is Dying As Election Results Come In

In the last months, the American dream is increasingly collapsing, ravaged by the pandemic, job losses, business failures, and now an especially divisive election, which is marked by voter intimidation and suppression and the threat of ongoing lawsuits to determine the victor along with continuing civil unrest. At one time, the transition from one office holder to another was assumed to go peacefully in the spirit of fair play, but now that is being challenged, too.

These mounting problems inspired What Happened to the American Dream? a popular song about the many threats to American society and democracy that we are facing today. The song is now featured on many popular music platforms from Twitch and TikTok to Spotify and Amazon Music. You can listen to it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/mOC1BPW80D4.

Here’s the chorus:

What ever happened to the American dream?

It was supposed to be liberty and justice for all.

But now all of that seems like just a myth,

So many lose work as the economy falls.

The song is one of a series, which I have been writing about everyday life today and fighting the pandemic. These have been collected into a songbook featuring a dozen of these songs: What Happened to the American Dream. You can learn more about it at https://www.amazon.com/What-Happened-American-Dream-Struggles/dp/B08L8G6C94

Feel free to share this article and song link with others.

GINI GRAHAM SCOTT, Ph.D., J.D., is a nationally known writer, consultant, speaker, and seminar leader, specializing in business and work relationships, professional and personal development, social trends, and popular culture. She has published 50 books with major publishers. She has worked with dozens of clients on memoirs, self-help, popular business books, and film scripts. Writing samples are at www.changemakerspublishingandwriting.com.

She is the founder of Changemakers Publishing, featuring books on work, business, psychology, social trends, and self-help. The company has published over 200 print, e-books, and audiobooks. She has received national media exposure for her books, including appearances on Good Morning America, Oprah, and CNN.

Scott is active in a number of community and business groups, including the Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek Chambers of Commerce. She does workshops and seminars on the topics of her books.

She is also the writer and executive producer of 10 films in distribution, release, or production. Her most recent films that have been released include Driver, The New Age of Aging, and Infidelity.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School. She has received five MAs at Cal State University, East Bay, most recently in Communication.

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